A co-operative education (Co-op) is an experiential learning program attained in partnership between students, employers and the Faculty of Information. Through Co-op, students complete up to 2 consecutive, paid, full-time Co-op work terms and gain professional experience in their fields of study. It is an opportunity to apply knowledge in a professional situation and gain academic credit.
COVID-19 related updates regarding upcoming Term(s) and more can be found on the COVID-19 Information for Students page.
For questions pertaining to our MI Co-op program, please contact the Co-op / Careers team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Overview & Timeline
Students that are admitted into the Co-op program have to meet eligibility requirements in their Year 1 Fall and Winter terms to gain access to our Co-op jobs portal and be able to complete Co-op (paid) positions for academic credit.
Depending on their Co-op work opportunities and academic planning, students are eligible to complete 1 term of Co-op (i.e. 4 months) or 2 terms of Co-op (i.e. 8 months). Students can choose to work with 1 company for 8 months, or locate 2 separate opportunities with a duration of 4 months each. Students who complete two Co-op terms will receive a “Co-op” designation on their transcript.
Please note that a Co-op placement cannot be done in a student’s final term of study – students must complete their degree in a term with regular courses, not in a placement.
The Co-op program mimics the real world job search experience where students will actively apply for Co-op positions. The program does not guarantee a placement. The Faculty takes great effort in networking and managing relationships with organizations that our students will be interested in working in – these jobs are posted on our Faculty Co-op jobs board and only accessible to our Co-op students. The Faculty also sources and collects open Co-op positions from various companies (that do not post with any particular university) and place them centrally for students to access and review. It is also entirely possible to find your own placement and have it converted to a Co-op.
DEGREE COMPLETION TIMELINE
|Year 1 Fall||Year 1 Winter||Year 1 Summer||Year 2 Fall||Year 2 Winter||Year 2 Summer|
|Meet eligibility requirements
Declare interest by completing the 2022 Co-op Program — Declaration of Interest Form. Detailed instructions are provided by the Careers team at the start of Year 1 Fall term.
|Continue to complete the remaining eligibility requirements.
Eligibility to the Co-op program will be reviewed by the Careers team.
If eligible for Co-op, will gain access to Co-op jobs board: Apply for Co-op positions; attend interviews.
Develop goals and plan for the Co-op work term.
The Co-op Coordinator will schedule a site visit or check-in and meet with the employer.
Complete Co-op course deliverables!
|Co-op term||Return to complete degree requirements||Complete degree requirements|
|Full-time status||Full-time status||Full-time status||Full-time status||Full-time status||Full-time status|
|Full-time tuition fees||Full-time tuition fees||No tuition fees + Co-op placement fee||Full-time tuition fees + Co-op placement fee||Full-time tuition fees||No tuition fees|
For students that are interested in just 1 term of Co-op only:
- Year 2 Summer term may not be needed to complete degree requirements. Very likely, student will be able to graduate on schedule at the end of Year 2 Winter term.
- Students that complete degree requirements at the end of Year 2 Winter term will be able to convocate in the subsequent June convocation ceremony.
- Students that complete degree requirements at the end of Year 2 Summer term will be able to convocate in the subsequent November convocation ceremony.
|Co-op Term||Job Posting||Interview Process||Job Offer|
|SUMMER (Co-op position starts in May)||January – April||February – May||February – May|
|FALL (Co-op position starts in September)||May – August||June – August||June – August|
SEARCHING & SECURING YOUR OWN CO-OP POSITIONS
Students are able to search and secure their own Co-op positions. Approximately 1/3rd of the Co-op cohort secured placements through personal contacts, past employers, and individual networking.
All such placements must be approved by the Faculty. Therefore, students must notify the Careers Office in advance of accepting the position to ensure its validity as a Co-op placement. Once requested for review, the Faculty will assess whether the position will fulfill the learning objectives and other criteria of Co-op, such as duties/responsibilities, hours worked, appropriate supervision provided, and pay. The Faculty will also contact the employer to ask for if they are willing to take an active part in the Co-op partnership.
- Simply submit the job description and offer contract to the Careers Office to ensure it meets the program requirements.
- Students that found and secured their own Co-op positions still have to meet Co-op eligibility requirements.
For current Year 1 Students (Fall and Winter):
- Final grades for the Fall term will be published according to the Academic Dates and Deadlines page. These grades will be pulled internally for the Co-op Review Committee to begin the application review process.
- During the last week of January, you will informed about whether you have been admitted into the Co-op program and if you have been admitted, you will be told whether you are eligible to do one Co-op term or two Co-op terms.
Since Co-op is a course offering (course code INF3902H or INF3903H), there are required deliverables for students to complete and submit during the placement. The full details of these requirements will be outlined in the course syllabus once students start their work term in May. As well, when students successfully secure a Co-op placement, the Faculty will automatically register students to the Co-op courses, INF3902H and INF3903H. Students do not enroll into either course themselves.
Coursework deliverables may include, but are not limited to:
- Development and approval of a learning agenda
- Mid-term assignment
- Final report
Note: Students may be hired up to 16 weeks, however, the final report will be due on/before Week 12.
It is also important to note that there is the possibility of failing the course should students not meet the requirements of their placement.
The following requirements apply to students seeking Co-op positions during the 2022 Co-op term (Summer 2022; Fall 2022; Winter 2023).
Those interested need to meet the all following requirements BEFORE the 2022 Co-op term:
- Registered as a full-time student in the Master of Information program.
- Complete the 2022 Co-op Program — Declaration of Interest Form.
- Enrol and complete INF3900H in a previous academic term, or participate in the Individualized Co-op Preparation Plan (ICPP).
- On track to completing the Year 1 required courses of the selected concentration by the end of Year 1 Winter term.
- Completed Year 1 Fall Term with at least a GPA of 3.75.*
- * Due to the negative impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty has lowered the GPA requirement from 3.85 to 3.75 for Year 1 students.
- If you think you won’t be able to meet the minimum 3.75 GPA, please email us to let us know if you are interested in pursuing Co-op. Exceptions may be considered on a case-to-case basis.
- On track to completing 3.5** – 4.0-credits by the end of Year 1 Winter Term.
- Students that are on track to completing 4.0-credits by the end of Year 1 Winter Term will be considered for 2 terms of Co-op (Summer and Fall Term).
- ** For students that are on track to completing 3.5 credits by the end of Year 1 Winter Term, you will be only be considered for Summer Co-op (i.e. 1 term of Co-op).
- Upon the completion of Summer Co-op (and an additional elective during the Summer Term), students may write to the Careers Co-op Office to be considered for an additional Co-op term in a following academic term.
- ** Alternatively, for students that are on track to completing 3.5 credits only by the end of Year 1 Winter Term, you may wish to use Summer Term to complete additional credits and request to be considered for the Fall or Winter Co-op Term.
Students that are:
- Enrolled in the thesis option
- Enrolled or on track to completing 2 terms of practicums
- Participating in the TALint program
- Participating in work-study in the actual Co-op term
Students in the Combined Degree Program (CDP) might be able to fit in a Summer term Co-op in Year 1 Summer, but not a Fall or Winter term Co-op.
Students that complete only 1 term of Co-op are eligible to complete 1 practicum in another term.
How to Apply
DECLARATION OF INTEREST
Submitting the 2022 Co-op Program — Declaration of Interest Form is the first item of action for enrolling in the MI Co-op program. The form enables the Faculty to automatically consider students for Co-op eligibility, track progress, and keep students updated on the next steps through the academic year.
Students are encouraged to submit the form even if they are unsure about Co-op, as the form does not obligate them to complete a Co-op term.
During the Fall term, Careers Officer will send out to students the form and the link for submission through email. The deadlines for submission are set in September. Students are expected to check for deadlines which will be announced each year.
ENROLL IN INF3900HF OR FOLLOW THE ICPP PATHWAY
Students must complete either INF3900H, a creditable coursework, or the Individualized Co-op Preparation Plan (ICPP):
|Complete INF3900H||Individualized Co-op Prepartion Plan|
|Course for professional development offered during the Fall term.
Students receive academic credit for their work.
If you take INF3900, it does not mean that you have to do a Co-op. But INF3900 is a requirement to do Co-op if you don’t participate in ICPP.
|Must consult with the Careers Office before taking the ICPP pathway.
There are several options that students have to participate in various professional development workshops. That includes taking 3–6 iSkills workshops for resume writing, developing professional narrative, interview skills and others. Taking workshops through the central Career Centre, as advertised on CLNx.
If you participate in ICPP, it does not mean that you have to do a Co-op. But ICPP is a requirement to do Co-op if you don’t take INF3900.
Students do not receive academic credit for ICPP.
NOT MEETING CO-OP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Everyone experiences extenuating circumstances that might have negatively impacted their ability to meet all the above Co-op eligibility requirements. Students may appeal to the Co-op team by writing to email@example.com with a statement on how the circumstances might have prevented you meeting the eligibility requirements.
Other than Co-op, our Master of Information students are also eligible to complete work-integrated learning opportunities such as practicums.
- Students that complete only 1 term of Co-op are eligible to complete 1 practicum in another term.
- Students that do not complete any Co-op terms are eligible to complete 2 practicums over the course of their degree duration.
|CO-OP PROGRAM COST / FEES||WAGES|
|Standard fee across University of Toronto Co-op programs: $600.00 CAD + HST for each of the two work terms (totalling $1,200 + HST).
For students completing Fall term or Winter term Co-op – please note that full-time tuition will be charged for those terms.
|$23–33 CAD per hour or higher is suggested to employers.
Students on Co-op terms continue being a full-time registered student at the University. Therefore, domestic students are eligible to continue applying for OSAP or other Canadian provincial government student aid. For students that do not wish to apply for Canadian financial aid while on Co-op, please inform the respective funding agencies that you continue being registered as a full-time student so that you can remain on interest-free status.
Students can request for a confirmation of enrollment letter by completing the request form and emailing it to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter could take 3-5 business days to be produced by SGS.
Q. As an international student, is Co-op an essential step in finding employment in Canada?
Receiving a University of Toronto degree in the Master of Information program is a globally-recognized credential. However, Co-op certainly provides a very targeted and specific corridor to entering the Canadian work environment and gaining domestic experience. Please also consider that Co-op is one type of work-integrated learning opportunity; students not enrolled in Co-op will have other avenues for gaining experience (e.g. practicum).
International students interested in Co-op need to have a valid Co-op work permit to work in their Co-op position(s).
- Summer (prior to arrival in September): apply for study permit with the offer of admissions.
- Year 1 Fall Term: receive the MI Co-op confirmation letter from the Faculty – start the online application process for the Co-op work permit.
- Study / work permit inquiries can only be answered by licensed Immigration Advisors. The Faculty is limited in their ability to answer these queries. Please connect with one of the University’s licensed immigration advisors by contacting the Centre of International Experience (CIE) at email@example.com or view their information page on getting a Canadian work permit.
CO-OP WORK PERMIT APPLICATION
Please be advised that the application process can be quite lengthy, sometimes taking upwards of 4 to 5 months for processing. We strongly recommend beginning the process as soon as possible to avoid any potential delays. Review the links below for additional information about how to begin your application. You should not start the work placement until you have the Co-op work permit.
Please also note that the Co-op work permit can only be used to complete the work associated with your degree requirement. The duration of that requirement is specified by your academic department. It is illegal for you to use the Co-op work permit longer than that, or to use it for jobs that will not satisfy your degree requirement.
Should you have any questions, there is additional support available via the university’s Centre for International Experience. Please connect with an Immigration Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org as only licensed immigration advisors are able to answer study/work permit application questions.
Note: If you need a Co-op eligibility letter for your permit application, urgently contact Co-op team at email@example.com to request the letter. Provide your student number and type “Request Co-op Eligibility Letter” in the email subject line to ensure your request is promptly received.
VIDEO GUIDES — Co-op work permit information and application process
Please view the videos below to guide you with your permit application.
- Getting a work permit
- Co-op Work Permit Part 1 — The eligibility criteria and the required document
- Co-op Work Permit Part 2 — Answering the questionnaire for Co-op work permit
- Completing the Co-op permit application form
- Creating an account (Step by Step) with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
- Work as a Co-op student or intern