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Co-operative Internships

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Why do co-op?

At the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS), all nine of our undergraduate programs offer 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 firsthand exactly what engineering, architecture and construction 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 Canadian companies, such as Bombardier Aerospace, Hydro One and IBM Canada—building your resume, your network and your confidence along the way.

$44,500 average annual
co-op income

8-20 months of
employment

Program-specific Information

The co-operative internship program differs depending on which program you’re in.

Architectural Science

The Architectural Science co-operative education internship is a highly competitive program open to the top 40 students in third year. For 12-16 consecutive months, you will take a break from your studies and gain valuable work experience with leaders in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, including award-winning design firms.

 

Chemical Engineering Co-op

A co-operative internship is a mandatory component of this program, helping you make informed career decisions and giving you valuable experience with Canada’s leaders in water treatment, food manufacturing, pollution control and more. Beginning in your second year, you will alternate between academic and work terms, for a total of 16-20 months of work experience throughout your degree.

Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical Engineering

The co-operative internship program is the same for each of these seven programs. View all necessary information below:

To be eligible for the co-operative internship program, you must be a full-time student in 3rd year and meet all the criteria listed below by the specified deadlines.

Academic Standing CGPA Course Requirement Deadline
Clear 1.67+ All courses for semesters 1-4 (excluding liberals) September 2019
2.33+ All courses for semesters 1-5 (excluding liberals) January 2020
All courses for semesters 1-6 (excluding liberals) May 2020
International Students

International students need to have a co-op work permit to be able to take a co-op job in Canada. For information about applying for a co-op work permit, please visit Ryerson’s International Student Support website.

To apply to co-op job opportunities, you must first enrol in the co-operative internship program. Enrolment applications are accepted once every academic year in September. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Before submitting an enrolment application, you need to prepare your resume and obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript.

  1. Resume
    Be sure to keep your resume brief. Consider including:
    1. Computer skills – software you are proficient with and programming languages you know
    2. Technical skills – workshop or fabrication proficiency
    3. Relevant employment history – professional experience that demonstrates you are dedicated to your work and can perform well on a team
    4. Relevant extracurricular activities – any after-school activities that demonstrate useful skills for the workplace, especially design teams
    5. Education history – any courses relevant to the position that you have excelled in should be highlighted
  2. Unofficial Transcript
    These can be downloaded from RAMSS.
  1. Visit Ryerson’s Co-op Portal.
  2. From the navigation menu at the top of the page, select Students > Apply to Co-op. You will be redirected to a Ryerson login page.
  3. Enter your Ryerson ID and password and select Log In.
  4. After you’re logged in, select My Account and complete the form and upload a profile picture.
  5. After you finish updating your profile, from the left menu, select Co-op and then select your academic program.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the application form. Once done, click Submit and you’ll receive an email confirmation that your application has been received.

After you confirm your eligibility and apply to the co-operative internship program through the Co-op Portal, your department’s co-op faculty advisor will review your application. If your application is accepted, you will receive a conditional offer of admission, usually within a week.

1. Placement Opportunities
  • Co-op Portal
    Opportunities are advertised on Ryerson’s Co-op Portal on a regular basis from October until August. You must be accepted into the co-operative internship program to apply to these job opportunities.
  • Securing Your Own Job
    If you secure your own co-op placement, you will need to complete the Job Eligibility Form (which can be found in the Co-op Portal) and email it to the FEAS co-op office for approval. The job must be relevant to your academic program, and the provided job description or work plan must meet the co-operative internship job criteria (which will be communicated to you upon enrolment in the co-operative internship program). Approval must be obtained prior to the commencement of the internship.
2. Interview Process

If you’ve been shortlisted for a position, you will be notified by the employer directly or by the FEAS co-op office to set up an interview. You are expected to confirm your interview availability within 24 hours (unless otherwise stated). If you don’t respond within 24 hours, you will be withdrawn from the interview process.

Job interviews may be conducted in-person (on the company’s premises or on campus) or remotely (by phone or video conferencing, e.g. Skype). You are expected to attend all interviews unless you have accepted another offer of employment. If you are unable to attend your interview, you must notify the FEAS co-op office and/or the employer in advance. Missed interviews may result in withdrawal from the co-operative internship program.

3. Accepting Job Offers

You must accept or decline a job offer within 48 hours (unless otherwise stated). You can consult with the FEAS co-op office prior to accepting the offer, or you can notify them after you accept. If you decide to decline an offer, you must notify the FEAS co-op office prior to contacting the employer. In the event where you don’t respond to an offer, the FEAS co-op office will decline the offer on your behalf.

Eligible students can start work terms anytime between May and September. Co-op job placements must be 8, 12, or 16 consecutive months. Job postings will indicate how long the work term will be. The following tables illustrate different examples of academic and work term schedules. In all cases, participating in the co-operative internship program will extend your years of study from four to five years.

Example One: 8 months of experience (May start)
Year of Study Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 Study Term Study Term  
Year 2 Study Term Study Term  
Year 3 Study Term Study Term Work Term 1
Year 4 Work Term 2 Study Term  
Year 5 Study Term Study Term  
Example Two: 12 months of experience (May start)
Year of Study Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 Study Term Study Term  
Year 2 Study Term Study Term  
Year 3 Study Term Study Term Work Term 1
Year 4 Work Term 2 Work Term 3  
Year 5 Study Term Study Term  
Example Three: 16 months of experience (May start)
Year of Study Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 Study Term Study Term  
Year 2 Study Term Study Term  
Year 3 Study Term Study Term Work Term 1
Year 4 Work Term 2 Work Term 3 Work Term 4
Year 5 Study Term Study Term  
Example Four: 8 months of experience (September start)
Year of Study Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 Study Term Study Term  
Year 2 Study Term Study Term  
Year 3 Study Term Study Term  
Year 4 Work Term 1 Work Term 2  
Year 5 Study Term Study Term  
Example Five: 12 months of experience (September start)
Year of Study Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 Study Term Study Term  
Year 2 Study Term Study Term  
Year 3 Study Term Study Term  
Year 4 Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Work Term 3
Year 5 Study Term Study Term  

The salary you will receive is typically discussed with the employer during the hiring process, but on average co-op students earn $44,500 per year. This salary information is based on the historical salary average reported by students and employers, and is intended to be a guide only. If you have questions, please contact our Partnership Specialist, Cooperative Internship Programs.

From the time your enrolment application is accepted until the time you complete your work placement, you’ll have ongoing support in several areas, including career preparation (e.g. resume and cover letter support, job search and interview tips, etc.) and professional development (e.g. career consultation).

Visit the Ryerson Career and Co-op Centre site if you’d like to book an appointment with a career education specialist.

The co-operative internship program is an academic course equivalent to one credit. You’ll need to complete the full 8-16 months of your full-time placement to receive credit. You’ll also have to submit a report at the end of your work term to your department’s co-op faculty advisor.

There is a one-time $1,250 fee to participate in the co-operative internship program, which is charged after you secure job and register for the co-operative internship course. This fee is calculated in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Ryerson University policies, and covers various support areas provided for co-op students, including the recruitment process, business development with employers, job development, and system infrastructure and administration. For further details, view the Departmental Ancillary Fees listed on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Note: All co-operative internship program fees and payments are non-refundable.

Please contact the FEAS co-op office for all questions related to:

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

For all other queries, refer to the contact information for your specific program below.

Program Name and Contact Areas of Support
Aerospace

Francine Belnavis

 416-979-5000 ext. 5016
 f2belnav@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission application process
  • Accommodation inquiries

Dr. Paul Walsh

 416-979-5000 ext. 7729
 paul.walsh@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission decision
  • Academic reporting
Biomedical, Computer, Electrical

Yvonne Cordwell

 416-979-5000 ext. 5052
 ecbinternship@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission application process
  • Accommodation inquiries

Dr. Dimitri Androutsos

 416-979-5000 ext. 5334
 dimitri@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission decision
  • Academic reporting
Civil

Dianne Mendonca

 416-979-5000 ext. 7626
 mendonca@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission application process
  • Accommodation inquiries

Dr. Darko Joksimovic

 416-979-5000 ext. 6462
 darkoj@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission decision
  • Academic reporting
Industrial

Shirley Dacanay

 416-979-5000 ext. 2129
 mieiip@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission application process
  • Accommodation inquiries

Dr. Mohamed Wahab Mohamed Ismail

 416-979-5000 ext. 552670
 wahab@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission decision
  • Academic reporting
Mechanical

Shirley Dacanay

 416-979-5000 ext. 2129
 mieiip@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission application process
  • Accommodation inquiries

Dr. Donatus Oguamanam

 416-979-5000 ext. 7490
 doguaman@ryerson.ca

  • Co-operative internship admission decision
  • Academic reporting
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