A co-operative education (Co-op) is an academic program coupled with experiential education attained in partnership between students, employers and an academic institution. The MI Co-op is an option within the MI program to complete 2 consecutive, paid, full-time Co-op work terms and gain professional experience in your field of study. It is an opportunity to apply knowledge in a real world situation and gain academic credit for it.
How does Co-op work?
The MI Co-op option will provide you with an opportunity to alternate academic terms with co-op work terms. As an MI Co-op student, you will have the chance to work in a full-time, paid position for two 4-month periods, or one 8-month period.
Once accepted into the Co-op, you will enroll in two Co-op courses, each worth 0.5 (FCE) credits, for each of the work terms. These courses will be graded “credit/non-credit” and will appear on your transcript.
We’re Here to Support You
All MI Co-op students will attend required career-related workshops to assist with planning their Co-op work terms, the Co-op hiring process and future career plans.The Co-op Director, a faculty member, will be organizing two co-op specific sessions prior to the start of your work term, in order to prepare your for the co-op experience.
Co-op students will also have access to Co-op postings starting in January of their first year. Each Co-op student is responsible for sending an application to the employer, completing an interview, if invited, and obtaining an offer of employment. The Co-op Coordinator will be available to assist you with all of the steps in this process.
For more information, please contact: iSchool Careers Officer
Sample Term Sequence
Sample Term Sequence
Fall – Year 1: Academic Term.
Winter – Year 1: Academic Term.
Summer – Year 1: Work Term
Fall – Year 2: Work Term
Winter – Year 2: Work Term
Summer – Year 2: Academic Term
Co-op fee: $1200 auxiliary fee paid in two installments, i.e. $600 per co-op work term.
Who is Eligible?
The 2015-2016 MI Co-op is open to first year Master of Information students only. The intake will take place each fall and the iSchool reserves the right to determine the number of students accepted into the co-op option each year. To apply, a candidate must:
Be a current full-time first year MI student, who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or international student
Be an MI student in a concentration only path; all 7 concentrations are included. Students completing a thesis are not eligible for the MI Co-op
In order to stay in the co-op option, and prior to your first work term, you will need to:
Have completed a minimum of two required courses in at least one of your declared concentrations
Have completed at least 8 half courses (4.0 FCE)
Have received minimum A- cumulative average
Have completed ten mandatory modules, including seven career workshops and three sessions with the Co-op Director
In case you were not successful in obtaining the co-op option, you still have the opportunity to take the practicum course(s) offered in the second year of studies. Co-op students are not eligible to take the practicum courses as their co-op work terms already count towards the practical experience. Co-op students are expected to return from their co-op work terms to complete their academic requirements.