The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education lists the following benefits to students who participate in co-operative education programs:

  • A well-rounded education, enriched by practical application of classroom learning.
  • Documented practical experience, a résumé, job search skills and a network of contacts upon graduation.
  • Financial remuneration which helps to offset educational costs.
  • Maturity and self-esteem as productive members of the work force as well as confidence and skills developed through working with others.
  • Opportunities to gain relevant employment skills and realistic expectations of the work force before graduation.
  • Opportunities to test and gain broader understanding of career options, often in a variety of employment settings.