MI Co-operative Education Option


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 12-week periods, or one 24-week period.

Academic Credit
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 the Co-op hiring process, planning Co-op work terms, and future career plans.The Co-op Academic Lead, a faculty member, will be organizing 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 Careers Officer will be available to assist you with all of the steps in this process.

Fees

  • $1200 auxiliary fee paid in two installments, i.e. $600 per co-op work term
 MI Co-op Process
Before Co-op
During Co-op
After Co-op
  • Complete INF3900H taught by the MI Co-op Director
  • Apply for co-op positions
  • Attend all interviews
  • Complete at least 8 courses (4.0 FCE)
  • Maintain good academic standing (A-)
  • Develop goals and plan for co-op work term
  • The Co-op Director will make a site visit and meet with the employer
  • Complete the mid-term report (journaling)
  • Complete the final report
  • Provide feedback on your co-op experience
  • Have a presentation of your co-op experience
  • Get the notation for your transcript from the Co-op Director
  • Complete remaining courses for MI degree

Career Workshops

All MI co-op students are required to attend all career workshops, especially the Resume & CV, Cover Letter, and Job Interviews workshops, which will assist them with planning their co-op work terms, the co-op hiring process, and future career plans. The list of workshops can be found on the Career Services page and registration for workshops will be available on the Instructional Workshops (iSkills) page.

FAQ

1. Can I take less than 8 half courses (4.0 FCE) before the first co-op work term?
The minimum number of courses to complete before the co-op work term is 8 courses (4.0 FCE) which is equivalent of a full year and a requirement for the co-op. A full academic year, i.e. 8 courses, ensures the adequate level and range of competences needed for successfully completing a co-op work opportunity. This is non-negotiable. Students registered with disability services, please make an appointment to speak with the Director of the program in person.
2. Is it possible to change the term sequencing?
Apart from the option showcased above, no alternative sequencing of the schedule for study and work terms is possible as the Faculty’s human resources are such that the co-operative course cannot be run year round.
3. How should I balance required courses with co-op?
Required courses for MI concentrations are usually offered at least once per year.  You are responsible for making sure that you have completed your program requirements by the time you wish to complete the program.  It is a good idea to complete as many of your required courses as possible before beginning the co-op program.  You may apply to take a course while completing your co-op work term.  Do not count on all required courses being available in the winter term after co-op ends.
4. Can I find my own co-op position?
If you find your own co-op position, please contact the MI Co-op Director and/or Coordinator to provide a full job posting or description and discuss the suitability of the position to your academic studies. If the position is relevant, then the employer will be contacted to ensure they would be willing to take an active part in the co-op partnership, both with the student and the iSchool. All other co-op requirements need to be met as well.
5. If I am in the TALint program, can I still participate in the co-op program?
If you are a successful co-op candidate, you will be required to resign from your TALint position.
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