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									Co-operative Education
What is Co-operative Education?

Co-operative Education is a method of learning where
students alternate formal academic study with paid work

Each co-op term provides students with the opportunity
to apply knowledge they gained in the classroom to
meaningful work situations.
          How Does Co-op Work?

• Undergraduate students must complete three,
  four-month work terms

• Work terms are alternated with study terms

• Work terms can be completed three times during
  the year: Summer (May to August), Fall
  (September to December) and Winter (January to

• Each work term is paid, wages range from
  $11.00/hour to $14.00/hour and up
   Co-op Application Requirements
• Students typically apply in their second academic
  year of studies, acceptance letters are issued in

• Applicants must have their majors declared and
  have completed at least 45 credits hours

• International students have to apply to get a
  Co-op Work Permit. We assist with this process.
      The Role of the Employment
         Development Officer

• Work one-on-one to help you find work terms
• Help you update/format your resume
• Teach you how to write cover letters

• Coach you for upcoming interviews

• Show you how to access the hidden job market

• Network with Employers
Top 10 Reasons for joining Co-op
1. Gain relevant work experience
2. Develop new contacts
3. Help finance your education
4. Learn valuable job search skills
5. Create cover letters and resumes
6. Access exclusive co-op positions
7. Apply concepts learned in class
8. Facilitate personal growth
9. Explore potential careers
10. Graduate with a competitive edge
  Sample Sociology/Criminology

• Government
  – Economic Development Officer
  – Human Resources Development Consultant

• Corrections/Law
  – Assistant Program Officer
  – Criminology Assistant
  Sample Sociology/Criminology

• Community Affairs/Health
  – Program Coordinator
  – Activities Aide

• Business/Communications
  • Market Researcher
  • Business Analyst
   Junior Human Resources
   Development Consultant
• Student will assist in the development, recording
  and tracking of information. There may be some
  travel across the province to various Correctional
  facilities and community offices. Student will
  learn about HR Development, Correctional
  Assistant Program Officer
• Under the leadership of the Program Manager,
  the student will be responsible for assisting in
  further developing its Offender Program Delivery
  Inventory by conducting research and developing
  materials related to programs delivered to adult
  and young offenders in custody or under
  supervision of Correctional Services.
      Activities Aide

• Student will participate in the development and
  revision of programs under the guidance of
  Program Manager; attend in-service education
  programs and Care Conferences; liaison with
  family and other departments; work with and
  coordinate volunteers; maintain resident records.
     Market Researcher

• Duties include designing surveys,
  manipulating/analyzing data, writing reports, and
  presenting findings. Market research and
  sociological research use similar means towards
  different ends, so sociology is a good basis for
  starting a career in market research.
    Co-op grads have higher employment



                                           Co-op          Non Co-op

Source: Canadian Association for Co-operative Education
    Saint Mary’s University
Co-operative Education Program
     Student Centre, 4th Floor

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