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Professional Experience

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Why do co-op?

The civil engineering program offers paid, full-time co-operative internship opportunities. Our students and alumni can’t say enough about how taking part in co-op transformed their education, their careers and their lives. It’s no surprise. Studies have shown that the benefits of co-op are vast, including opportunities to:

  • Develop crucial skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership.
  • Experience first-hand exactly what engineering employers expect.
  • Broaden your professional network and make lasting industry connections.
  • Gain an edge in today’s competitive job market.

As part of your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to work for leading companies in Canada, such as EllisDon, Toronto Transit Commission, and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation—building your resumé, your network and your confidence along the way.

41,500 average annual
co-op income

8-16 months of

Contact Information

The FEAS co-op office is the primary contact for all questions related to:

  • job postings, applications, and interviews
  • job accommodation needs
  • co-operative internship program events and workshops
  • Ryerson's Co-op Portal troubleshooting

Dianne Mendonca, co-operative internship administrator, is the primary contact for all questions related to the:

  • co-operative internship program enrolment application process

 MON-221
 416-979-5000 ext. 7626
 Dr. Darko Joksimovic, co-operative internship faculty advisor, is the primary contact for all questions related to the:

  • co-operative internship program enrolment application decision
  • co-op report that you submit upon completion of your co-op placement

 MON-303
 416-979-5000 ext. 6462

If you prefer to gain paid experience in research rather than in industry, visit our Undergraduate Research Assistantships page.

Fares Abd Elsamad

“During my internship at EllisDon, I got to work on bridges around the city. The experience enhanced my understanding of my undergrad curriculum and strengthened my technical knowledge vastly. Most importantly, it gave me a taste of the real world, as well as confidence in my choice of career path.”

Fares Abd Elsamad
Civil Engineering ‘19

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Ryerson NEXT

A free leadership program for second-year engineering and architectural science students, Ryerson NEXT’s workshops will give you the opportunity to zero in on your professional goals and to develop crucial communication and interpersonal skills. Apply to NEXT if you’re interested in the co-operative internship program in the future.

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Are you an employer?

Visit our Employers & Industry Partners page to find out how you can connect with FEAS by hiring our co-op students, getting to know our experts, and more.