Co-operative education is an option open to students in the Bachelor of Commerce program.
- Test drive career paths and employers.
- Gain business-related work experience.
- Build your professional network.
- Learn from a number of mentors.
- Develop marketable skills.
- Learn how to find work in a competitive work environment.
- Earn money to help offset student debt.
How It Works
As a co-op student, you will alternate study terms with four or eight-month work terms. Work terms begin the summer after second year. Typically, an additional one to two study terms are required to complete your degree.
Two Ways to Enter Co-op
You can apply to co-op directly from high school OR during your first year of studies.
To be eligible for co-op you must:
- Maintain a B average or better.
- Be registered full-time in the term before placement
For more information, visit carleton.ca/co-op.
Recent Co-op Employers
- Bank of Canada
- Brookfield Renewable Power
- Canadian Red Cross
- Canada Revenue Agency
- Ernst & Young
- Export Development Canada
- Global Affairs Canada
- Hydro Ottawa
- Office of the Auditor General of Canada
- Public Works and Government Services Canada
- QNX Software Systems
- Raymond Grant Chabot Thorton
- The Minto Group
Bachelor of Commerce, Information Systems and Management
Co-op placement: Orbis Risk Consulting Inc.
“I feel confident that I have what it takes to thrive in a professional workplace and it is due to co-op. Co-op has provided me with the practical experience I needed to apply what I’ve been learning at school and build a skill set that I will continue to use throughout my career. Working at Orbis has broadened my network and opened me up to many great opportunities even before I have graduated.”
Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting,
Minor in Spanish
Co-op placement: Deloitte LLP
“I gained practical life experience, built my professional network and gained insight to the life of the second largest professional service firm. Like test-driving a new car before committing to a purchase, co-op enabled me to test-drive a career before graduating.
The most valuable aspect of my co-op experience was being able to work along members of top management of various well-known organization while being treated like any other full-time employee. I was assigned crucial and beneficial tasks within an audit engagement that made a difference in the deliverables.”