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Schedule

The pattern of academic terms and co-op work terms offers some additional important advantages to employers as well. Science students don’t begin their co-op work term until they have completed two years of the program and have acquired some theoretical knowledge and technical skills. They have developed some fundamental laboratory techniques and are more productive to the company. Students, at this stage, have developed a more mature and responsible approach to their academic pursuits and are keen and enthusiastic about their co-op opportunities. 

Year 1

Fall

Study Term 1

Winter

Study Term 2

Summer

Year 2

Fall

Study Term 3

Winter

Study Term 4

Summer

Co-op Work Term 1

Year 3

Fall

Study Term 5

Winter

Co-op Work Term 2

Summer

Co-op Work Term 3

Year 4

Fall

Co-op Work Term 4

Winter

Study Term 6

Summer

Co-op Work Term 5 (optional)

Year 5

Fall

Study Term 7

Winter

Study Term 8

Students are available for four, eight, 12 or 16 months, thereby providing flexibility for the company in being able to assess a student for future career employment. Co-op work terms 2 to 4 provide a 12-month continuous period for students to be more productive and to allow companies to use students in longer-term project work.

The summer terms provide the opportunity to replace employees on vacation.

As an employer of a UOIT co-op student, there are a few main responsibilities for your consideration. It is expected that you would provide a safe environment for a co-operative education experience that will provide students with an opportunity to:

  • Develop their skills and knowledge base in their particular field of study.
  • Develop an appreciation for the needs and expectations of the employer.
  • Enhance their verbal and written communication skills.

As the employer, you are expected to provide adequate supervision of the student to ensure a safe educational experience. At the completion of each co-op work term, the work place supervisor is asked to complete an Employer Evaluation Report and submit it to the Career Centre. Evaluation of the student by the employer provides the Career Centre with an assessment of the work performance of each student. 

Students are also required to write a Work Term Report that outlines:

  • The nature of the work that they have done.
  • Their particular duties.
  • Their role in the organization.
  • The concepts that have been learned during the work experience.

Guidelines for writing the Work Term Report are available from the Career Centre. The Work Term Report is normally submitted by the student to the Career Centre within two weeks of the completed work term. Students receive credit for each of their work terms based on the completion of a Work Term Report combined with an acceptable Employer Evaluation.

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