What is a Co-op?
As defined by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), “Co-operative education is a program that formally integrates a student’s academic studies with work experience with participating employers”. The co-op criteria includes:
- Each work situation is developed and/or approved by the co-op educational institution as a suitable learning situation;
- The co-op student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;
- The co-op student receives remuneration for the work performed;
- The co-op student’s progress on the job is monitored by the co-operative educational institution;
- The co-op student’s performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student’s co-operative employer;
- Time spent in periods of work experience must be at least 30% of the time spent in academic study.
More information can be viewed in our Employer Brochure
What is Master of Information (MI) Co-op?
The Master of Information (MI) Co-op is an option within the MI program for select students to complete 2 consecutive co-op work terms (8 months) and gain professional experience in their relevant field of study. The MI Co-op is a partnership between students, employers, and the academic institution, i.e. U of T Faculty of Information.
How to Participate
For more information, please contact the Faculty of Information Careers Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are MI Co-op Students?
MI Co-op students are selected based on their academic excellence, interpersonal skills, and their readiness to actively engage in professional roles. Our students come with high academic achievements from a variety of undergraduate programs and may already have some professional experience in the workforce. They are enrolled full time and have completed the majority of their core and required courses for one or two MI concentrations.
There are seven concentrations in the MI program. Click on each concentration to see a sample list of roles our alumni hold and employers hiring our alumni.
- User Experience Design (UXD)
- Information Systems & Design (ISD)
- Knowledge Management and Information Management (KMIM)
- Library and Information Science (LIS)
- Archives & Records Management (ARM)
- Critical Information and Policy Studies (CIPS)
- Culture & Technology (C & T)
Previous co-op participants
In 2018, some of our MI co-op students had been employed as:
- Information Management Intern, George Weston Ltd.
- User Experience Intern, Shopify
- Records Management Intern, UNESCO
- Web Developer, University Health Network
- User Experience Designer, TTC
- User Experience Designer, AutoDesk
- Junior Research Analyst, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
- Business Analyst, RBC
MI Co-op Work Criteria
To qualify as a co-op work term, the role needs to be:
- Minimum of 12 consecutive weeks and up to 4-months; an 8-month work term is also an option
- Full-time, i.e. minimum of 35 hours a week
- Paid; $18 – $30 per hour (suggested)
- Supervised by a professional in the field
- Relevant work experience appropriate for a graduate student
- A positive and productive learning experience for the student
For MI co-op students starting their studies in September 2018, the co-op work terms will be:
- Summer 2019 (May-August)
- Fall 2019 (September-December); or
- 8-month work term (May-December)
Summer or Summer + Fall Co-op (May – August 2019 or May – December 2019)
Action Suggested timeline Submit Job Postings January – February Interview Students March Host Students Wednesday, May 1st – Friday, December 20th, 2019
Action Suggested timeline Submit Job Postings June-July Interview Students July Host Students Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, December 20th, 2019
To ensure a positive experience for all three parties involved in this partnership, a signed agreement will be required at the beginning of the work term, along with an on-site visit during the work term and evaluation completed at the end of the term.
- Supervisors must be professionals in their fields
- Upon the completion of the project, the supervisors will be asked to provide an overall evaluation of the student’s work
- The MI Co-op Director will provide ongoing support to you and the student as needed
- It is anticipated that all work hours, or the majority of the hours, will be conducted on-site to enable the student to gain some exposure both to the culture of your institution and to the values of the information profession
- In order to help students develop an understanding of the culture of information organizations, students should receive an orientation to all aspects of your institution’s services and responsibilities
- Desk space must be available for students to do their co-op work, as well as appropriate equipment, software, and access to other necessary tools, as needed
- The co-op role should allow students to experience the organizational culture as much as possible by involving students in day-to-day tasks such as meetings, in addition to their specific projects
- During the co-op work term, the MI Co-op Director and/or Co-op Coordinator may conduct a site visit, if interns are in the Greater Toronto Area, or organize phone or web meetings to discuss student progress
- At the end of the work term, both the supervisor and the student will complete an assessment form about their work in the context of overall learning objectives, anticipated outcomes, and applied professional development
Rates of Pay
Co-op positions are paid periods of employment. The specific rate of pay is up to each employer. Compensation ranges from $18-$30/hr.
The MI Co-op program is a government-recognized co-operative education program. Ontario employers may be eligible for a Co-op Education Tax Credit, which is a refundable tax credit of up to $3,000.
For more information visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance