X. Degree Programs
Co-operative Education Programs
Co-operative Education is an experiential learning process that integrates academic study with paid hands-on work experience. Guelph’s co-op program is similar to a true job hunting process where you apply and compete for jobs that interest you rather than being placed in a job. Students are engaged in productive work in jobs developed and/or approved by Co-operative Education Services as suitable learning situations. You will submit a work report for each of your work terms and your employer will evaluate your performance.
All co-op students will complete 3 or 4 academic semesters before their first work term, giving them an academic foundation to build work experience upon. The academic and work schedules will vary with degree program and major. In addition, COOP*1100 – Introduction to Co-operative Education, is a mandatory, non-credit course for all students enrolled in the co-op program and is a prerequisite for your first work term.
COOP*1000 is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of co-op at the University of Guelph. The course will help you to identify and market your strengths and transferable skills, enhance your resume and cover letter writing abilities, increase your comfort and skill during interviews, and help you fully understand the employment process.