Co-op Work Terms

Work term and study term sequences:

  • Biochemistry – the first work term will begin in May for four months
  • Biotechnology – the first work term will begin in May for four months
  • Chemistry – the first work term will begin in May for four months
  • Environmental Biology – the first work term will begin in May for four months
  • Environmental Science – the first work term will begin in May for four months

Note that the first co-op work term will typically be four months in duration occurring during the summer following completion of the first two years of course requirements. There will be at least two additional work terms that are normally combined into an 8 month or longer period, and the total duration of work terms must be at least 12 months for a four year Honours degree.

Students enrol in a zero credit pass/fail course during each four month work term (COOP2001 0.0, COOP3001 0.0, COOP3002 0.0 and so on) as they accumulate work terms. Students must successfully complete at least three such courses in order to meet requirements for the Co-op Program. Success in obtaining co-op positions during the work terms is a requirement to graduate from the Co-op Program.

All students must end their Co-op Program with a study term consisting of at least 9 credits.

Co-op Opportunities

York's YU Experience Hub will provide access for qualified students to co-op job postings and students may apply to any co-op position for which they judge they meet the requirements. While the YU Experience Hub will work hard to attract co-op employers and grow co-op postings, they in no way guarantee that every student will be offered a co-op position. Finding a co-op position is a competitive process and employers make the hiring decision based on who they judge best meets their requirements.

Students are also encouraged to find their own co-op opportunities. The YU Experience Hub provides support to students on self-directed job search methods such as conducting informational interviews, networking, and on-line research, among other related activities, which may improve your chances of finding a co-op position.

Co-op work term positions will be paid and will generally be with private or public sector employers outside the University.

Success in obtaining co-op positions during the work terms is a requirement to graduate from the Co-op Program.