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How Co-op Works

Securing a co-op job is a competitive process. Co-op students are not "placed" but rather apply for positions as with any job search. Success in co-op requires commitment to the job search process to successfully secure your co-op placement. The co-op program does not guarantee you employment but equips you with the necessary tools to succeed, and we are here to help.

Looking to learn more? Here is how it all works:

One work term is 16 weeks of full-time (35-40 hours a week) paid work experience related to your program.

To receive your work term credits you need to complete a report for each approved work term.

To graduate, you must successfully complete three or four work terms, depending on the program.

To receive a work term credit you need a ‘Satisfactory’ or higher on your employer's evaluation of performance.

If you are an international student, please contact International Student Support if you have any questions about visa requirements related to co-op work placements.

Co-op students are expected to follow the work term schedule(s) for their program. Some programs allow you to change your work term sequence with the permission of your co-op faculty advisor. Depending on your schedule and preference, your work term can be extended to 8, 12 or 16 months of continuous employment. For more detailed information about work term schedules, see below.

Term

Duration

Winter

January - April

Spring/Summer

May - August

Fall

September - December

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

Study

Study

Free

Study

WKT 150

Study

WKT 250

Study

WKT 350

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

Study

Study

WKT 450*

Study

Study

Graduation

*WKT 450 is optional.

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

Study

Study

Free

Study

Study

WKT 110

WKT 210

Study

WKT 310

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

Study

WKT 410

WKT 510

Study

Study

Graduation

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

Study

Study

Free

Study

Study

Free

Study

Study

WKT 106

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

WKT 206

WKT 306

WKT 406

Study

Study

Graduation

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

Study

Study

Free

Study

Study

WKT 401

WKT 500

Study

WKT 501

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

Study

WKT 601

WKT 602

Study

Study

Graduation

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

Study

Study

Free

Study

Study

WKT 405

Study

WKT 505

WKT 506

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

WKT 605

Study

WKT 606

Study

Study

Graduation

Computer Science Scheme 1

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

Study

Study

Free

Study

Study

WKT 103

WKT 203

Study

WKT 303

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

Study

WKT 403

WKT 503

Study

Study

Graduation

Computer Science Scheme 2

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

Study

Study

Free

Study

Study

WKT 103

Study

Study

WKT 203

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

WKT 303

WKT 403

WKT 503

Study

Study

Graduation

For more information on the work term schedule of the co-op programs at the Ted Rogers School, please visit Ted Rogers School of Management Co-op or contact trsmcoop@ryerson.ca.

For more information on the work term schedule of the co-op internship programs at the FEAS Faculty, please visit Faculty of Engineering Architecture Science website or contact feascoop@ryerson.ca.

For students in the co-op program, co-op fees are additional fees on top of your school tuition and incidental fees, which are calculated in accordance with the policies of Ryerson University and of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The fees cover operational costs that support you with: student advising, programming, and resource development; the co-op recruitment process; infrastructure and administration; job development; and employer and student relationship management.

The total co-op fee is $3,500.00. Fees are paid in installments spread over the course of students' study at Ryerson University to reduce your financial burden.

Co-op fees are participation fees and are not based on the number of work terms secured, nor when work terms are secured. Students who secure at least three co-op work terms (12 months total) are required to pay the full co-op fees according to your respective fee payment schedule. Note: Students who are successful in securing their work terms can more than offset their Co-op fees with their earnings.

Co-op students admitted prior to F2015 are advised to contact your Co-op Program Specialist regarding your fee payments. 

Co-op fees and payments are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

 

 

 

$750

$750

 

$750

$750

 

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

$500

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

 

 

 

 

$750

 

$750

$750

 

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

$750

$500

 

 

 

 

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$700

 

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

$700

$700

 

$700

$700

 

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

$350

$350

 

$350

$350

 

$350

$350

 

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

$350

$350

 

$350 

$350

 

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

 

 

 

 

$750

 

$750

$750

 

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

$750

$500

 

 

 

 

Year 1 Fall

Year 1 Winter

Year 1 Spring/ Summer

Year 2 Fall

Year 2 Winter

Year 2 Spring/ Summer

Year 3 Fall

Year 3 Winter

Year 3 Spring/ Summer

 

 

 

 

$750

 

$750

$750

 

Year 4 Fall

Year 4 Winter

Year 4 Spring/ Summer

Year 5 Fall

Year 5 Winter

Year 5 Spring/ Summer

$750

$500

 

 

 

 

For more information on co-op fees at the Ted Rogers School, please visit Ted Rogers School of Management Co-op or contact trsmcoop@ryerson.ca, opens in new window.

For more information on the fees schedule of the co-op internship programs at FEAS Faculty, please visit Faculty of Engineering Architecture Science website or contact feascoop@ryerson.ca.

The wages listed represent a compilation of historical salary and wage data reported by students and employers. The numbers below are subject to change based on employer preferences and the prevailing wages of various industry sectors. The actual salary/wage of a co-op student is discussed between you and the employer during the hiring stage. The rates are presented in Canadian dollars per hour before deductions.

Program

1st Work Term

2nd Work Term

3rd Work Term

4th Work Term 

5th Work Term

Architectural Science

$19.01

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $25.00

$19.53

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $25.00

$20.96

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $25.00

$21.97

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $25.00

N/A

Arts (English, History, Politics & Governance, Sociology)  NEW for 2021

$16.00 - $17.00

(projected)

$18.00 - $19.00

(projected)

$20.00 - $21.00

(projected)

N/A

N/A

Chemical Engineering

$18.82

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $30.00

$20.25

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $35.00

$22.23

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $37.00

$23.51

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $37.00

$25.63

(average)

Low: $17.00

High: $39.00

Computer Science

$19.81

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $30.00

$21.36

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $35.00

$24.11

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $37.00

$26.68

(average)

Low: $17.00

High: $37.00

$28.23

(average)

Low: $18.00

High: $40.00

Occupational Health & Safety and Public Health & Safety

$18.20

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $27.00

$19.27

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $30.00

$20.14

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $30.00

$21.14

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $30.00

$22.10

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $30.00

Science (Biology, Biomedical Sciences Chemistry, Financial Math, Math & Its Applications, Medical Physics)

$20.19

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $27.00

$21.56

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $29.00

$22.77

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $31.00

$24.32

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $45.00

$25.01

(average)

Low: $17.00

High: $45.00

For wage information on Ryerson's Business Co-op programs, please visit the Ted Rogers School of Management's Business Career Hub Co-op page, opens in new window.

To receive a grade for your co-op work terms, you need to:

  • register for the appropriate work term course codes
  • where possible, participate in a work site visit with your Co-op Program Specialist
  • complete and submit work term report*
  • submit an Evaluation on Co-op Student Performance completed by your supervisor.

*Note: As a co-op student, you will complete a work term report for each co-op work term. The report facilitates reflection on your accomplishments at work, the challenges you experienced, and your future learning objectives.Please refer to your program for timing of submission of work term reports as it  allows your faculty advisor to grade your term and facilitate your growth.

Ryerson co-op uses a continuous hiring process where jobs are posted on a first-come, first-served basis until all positions are filled. There is no ranking or matching of students with employers. Job postings are specifically for co-op students and listed in a portal accessible only to co-op students.

Applying for co-op jobs is similar to a real-world hiring process with a few differences that allow for employers to be assured that the students they choose are committed to working with them, and for as many co-op students as possible to find work.

If you find your own employment, it must be approved by your faculty advisor prior to accepting the position.

Note: the steps below may take 2 - 4 weeks depending on the employer.

 1. Advertisement 2. Application 3. Interviews 4. Selection

Job descriptions are submitted by employers via e-mail or the co-op Portal and posted for students to apply.

Student applications (cover letter, resume & grade report) are sent to employers to be pre-screened for interviews.

Employers review the applications and decide which students they would like to interview.

Typically, employers select students and notify the co-op staff. Then the co-op staff relays offers to the students.