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Why Choose Co-op

Ryerson's Co-operative Education program offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience while you they work towards their degree. With competitive earnings that help partially offset school costs and improve chances of finding full-time employment upon graduation, Co-operative Education invites many advantages. 

Gain work experience in your field of study...

Work in your field of study, learn about the various career opportunities in your program area and develop core employability skills to prepare you for the workforce of the 21st century.

Discover your strengths, interests and goals…

Co-op will help you learn more about yourself, your career interests and preferences and help you find what your career path. 

Earn money to help offset the costs of your education...

Co-op students are paid competitive salaries and wages. Typically co-op wages exceed the wages paid to summer students and students from non-coop programs.

Build a network of contacts and references...

The relationships you build with hiring managers and co-workers can open many opportunities for students seeking full-time positions upon graduation. The people you meet at your co-op placements can serve as career mentors.

Improve your academic life...

Co-op allows you to apply skills and concepts learned in your classes. In turn, you can bring your co-op work experiences to the classroom, to presentations and group projects. Over the years we have observed that many co-op students have improved their grades as a result of their co-op experiences.

Build skills and competencies to add to your resume...

Co-op work terms expose you to work environments that can't be replicated in school, allowing you to develop skills beyond those taught in the classroom.

Increase your chance of getting hired upon graduation…

The skills and experiences that you gain from your co-op work terms enhance your competencies in the job market. About 50% of our Co-op grads secure a full-time job before graduation!