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Careers & Co-op

During your program, you’ll probably start thinking about how to prepare for a career. Co-op is a great way to gain work experience in your field before you graduate. The university also provides career planning resources to help you plan your path.  

Optional Co-op Program

If you’re still in the first year of your program, there’s still time to apply for co-op. Check out the basics:  

Programs Available: All three programs offer an optional co-op stream: Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry

Benefits of Co-op: Embed paid, full-time, real-world work experience into your degree program. Build a professional network. Explore different roles and employers to find out what you enjoy most.

Program Length: Co-op adds one extra year to your program

Work/Study Terms: You’ll work up to 20 months full-time, with work terms typically lasting 16 weeks each.

When to Apply: In spring (May) after your first academic year, up to September of your second year of study.

Check out some of the employers and roles that our co-op students have worked with.

Find out: Is co-op right for you?

Grace Kim

“I've gained some great work experience through the SCI999 research practicum, Ryerson’s Career Boost program, and my co-op program, including a placement at a major pharmaceutical company. All of these experiences have really boosted my skills and confidence.”

Grace Kim, Biology co-op student

Career Development

Get ready to launch your career. Check out the support services available at the Ryerson Career & Co-op Centre (RCCC), including:

  • Science-focused advising from the Faculty of Science’s own Career Education Specialist
  • Workshops to develop 21st century workplace skills
  • Tools to prepare a job search strategy
  • Professional networking events and career fairs, such as the Annual STEM Career Fair

 Tip: You can access career services, up to five years after graduation.