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What is Co-operative Education?

Co-operative education (co-op) gives you the opportunity to complete three, 4-month work terms in your field of study in Public Relations, Business Administration and Tourism & Hospitality Management. Before graduation, you will gain a full year of related experience in your field of study. Co-op works terms are paid and help you gain practical experience in the non-profit, corporate and/or government sectors. 

In preparation for your co-op work term, we will help you with resume development, writing cover letters and interview prep. We have sessions to talk about the workplace and setting personal learning objectives to help you succeed while on the job.  A member of the Co-op Team will complete a work site visit during your work term, to ensure you are learning and putting your skills to work. 

How does Co-op work?

Your co-op term experience will be unique. We will post jobs and you can also look for your own position while going through this program.  Mount co-op students are encouraged to gain a broad range of experience and you will set personal learning goals while on your co-op term.

During a co-op term, you will work for a minimum of 13 weeks / 35 hours per week. You will alternate work terms with academic courses. Co-op terms enable you to apply the theoretical concepts you learned in class to practical career-related situations...and get paid for it! 

Many co-op opportunities are located outside of the Halifax-metro area, so you should be prepared to think about relocating to another part of Canada to get the most out of the co-op experience. Employers post co-op positions with the understanding that you need opportunities to learn in the workplace and with the hope that you will bring your skills and energy to their organization.

From the co-op experience you will have:

  • One year of relevant work experience
  • Excellent job-search, resume and interviewing skills
  • Industry contacts with potential employers
  • Personal and professional confidence 
  • A competitive edge when looking for a full-time job
  • Career options
  • The opportunity to travel to other provinces
  • Experience with different industry sectors across Canada
  • In 2013, co-op students in Atlantic Canada earned $47 million dollars through co-op salaries