What is a Co-op?

The York University Co-op Program provides students in specific programs with an opportunity to integrate their classroom learning with hands-on, paid, work experience related to their field of study. While on work term co-op students apply their classroom learning in a work environment, explore potential career options, and build relationships with colleagues and employers in their field of study.

The York University Co-op Program meets the following criteria as outlined by the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education (CAFCE):

  1. each co-op work situation is approved by York University as a suitable learning situation;
  2. the co-op student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;
  3. the co-op student receives remuneration for the work performed;
  4. the co-op student's progress on the job is monitored by York University;
  5. the co-op student's performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student's co-operative employer;
  6. the time spent in on co-op work terms will be at least thirty per cent of the time spent in academic study.

What is the difference between Co-op and Internship programs?

  • Co-op students typically alternate work periods with their academic terms for 4 months. York students are available for co-ops after their second year of university and can be hired throughout the year.
  • Internship students usually complete one consecutive period of 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in alignment with the academic terms. York students are available for internships after third year and can be hired throughout the year.

What programs are co-op students enrolled in?

York University Co-op students are full time, Honours, BSc students specializing in one of the following programs of study:

How long is a Co-op Program work term?

Work terms correspond with academic terms; each term is 4 months long and may begin in January, May or September.

Are co-op positions paid?

Yes, all York Co-op Programs are paid positions. The average recommended salary for a co-op student is $12-19/hour.

What types of organizations can participate in the York Co-op Program?

All organizations are welcome to post co-op positions as long as the co-op posting meets the co-op job posting requirements.

Can non-profit/charitable organizations hire York co-op students?

Yes, all organizations are welcome to post co-op positions as long as the co-op posting meets the co-op job posting requirements.

Where can I get a tax credit letter?

Tax credit letters are issued by the Co-op Program and emailed to the employer during each qualifying work term.

Does York University offer any other experiential education programs?

Yes, in addition to the Co-op Program, York University offers a number of Experiential Education opportunities to connect students with community partners and employers. For information on ways to connect with other York students and new graduates, please visit the employer page on the Career Centre website.

Still have questions about York's Co-op Program?

Please contact the Internship Coordinator.