Psychology Co-op Student Information

About The Program

In Psychology, human behaviour and cognition are studied to explore the ways people act as individuals and in groups. You will participate in core areas of research methodology, development, social psychology, learning, perception, cognition, neuropsychology, physiological psychology, personality, psychopathology and organizational behaviour. Throughout your degree, you will gain strong analytical, statistical and research skills. Many undergraduates combine Psychology with studies in another academic area such as Child, Youth & Family, Business, Economics, Consumer Studies, English or Computer Science to gain additional practical and theoretical skills throughout their degree. Guelph’s Psychology major will allow you to gain insights and skills that will serve you well in any career or prepare you for graduate studies.

Why Co-op?

As a co-op student, you will be able to gain relevant work experience, build professional networks, and develop essential transferable skills needed to succeed in the workplace, all while getting paid and earning your university degree. Guelph’s co-op program is unique due to the exceptional level of support provided to students, including a job search preparatory course, a personal connection with a Co-op Coordinator to assist you during the employment process, and targeted work term reports to help you develop relevant skills.

Course Sequencing








Acquired Knowledge & Skills


Effective communication skills, both written and verbal .


Research skills developed through writing research reports, literature reviews, and seminar papers. Gain a solid understanding of basic psychological theories and principles.


Enhance your leadership skills through role models in the workplace and also through taking the opportunities to show leadership when presented with the opportunity.


Ability to work efficiently in groups and independently.

Sample Jobs

Customer Programs Assistant

In this role, you are responsible for collecting, validating and reconciling sales data for retail accounts across Canada. You will also deliver presentations and work creatively in group assignments such as event planning. This type of position has a heavy focus on communication and organization of data and requires the ability to multi-task and manage time effectively.

Accessibility Services Assistant

As an Accessibility Services Assistant, you will assist with the coordination of recreational support for customers with disabilities. Duties include researching best practices, updating resource materials, coordinating volunteers, and more. This position will help develop your interpersonal skills, as well as verbal and written communication abilities.

Knowledge Repository Assistant

Many duties will be performed in this role to support the maintenance of a company’s data and research records. You will verify data, perform quality assurance checks, create new records, and report changes that are needed. Excellent organization and time management skills are required for this position, and you will actively develop your Microsoft Office proficiency, as well as database management knowledge.

Additional Sample Jobs: Human Resources Generalist Trainee, Policy and Research Assistant, Outdoor Education Teaching Intern, Life Skills Assistant, Data/Research Analyst Assistant, Junior Programmer - Social and Therapeutic, Social Media Representative, Communications Assistant, and more.


Employer Sectors

  • City of Guelph
  • Toronto District School Board
  • St. Joseph’s Health Centre
  • Gambling Research Exchange Ontario

*This shows a sample of recent co-op employers and will vary depending on employer recruitment needs. During a job search, students are encouraged to be actively engaged and are supported in establishing and maintaining their own personal contacts.

Salary Information

Students receive compensation from their employer for co-op work terms. The rate of pay will vary depending on a number of factors including the industry, the student’s program of study, and work term level. For your reference, a Co-operative Education Salary Guide is available on our website, which provides hourly rates (averages and ranges) for each degree program.