Does co-op make a difference?

Since 2010, the Co-op Office has conducted a co-op grad survey to learn about grad success in the workplace and how co-op contributed to their current level of success. 98% of co-op grads said that they were satisfied with the Mount’s co-op program. More than 80% of co-op grads secured employment in their field of study within six months of graduation and 91% secured employment in their field of study within one year of graduation.

In addition to the success of our co-op graduates, professors have said that co-operative education helps students to develop a more thorough understanding of the theory taught in the classrooms. Clearly, co-op education makes a difference in both the short run by improving your academic success while in school, and in the long run, by improving your success in finding employment after graduation.

How do I apply for co-operative education?

When you are accepted into the Public Relations or Tourism & Hospitality Management degree program, you are automatically enrolled in co-operative education. Business students will apply for the co-op education program in second year of studies.

Will co-op delay my graduation date?

Co-operative education extends your degree program by four months. These four months are more than offset by the one year of career-related work experience you gain – so you are still ahead of the traditional student in jump-starting your career.

How much does co-operative education cost?

The co-operative education degree is a 23-unit degree. Tuition applies to all academic credits, and a co-op term is equivalent to one full unit of credit. Your tuition fees are partially offset by your co-operative education earnings.

Am I guaranteed a co-op position?

You are not guaranteed a co-op position, however over the last several years, the Mount co-operative education program has had more positions posted than students available. We provide comprehensive Professional Development sessions that help you develop skills needed to succeed. Our personalized approach to co-operative education ensures that each student has an opportunity to work one-on-one with the Co-op Team to maximize learning and to excel.

Where are the co-op positions?

Historically, 50% of our employment opportunities are with organizations outside the Halifax area, therefore you must be prepared to think about relocating for a co-op position. You should keep this in mind when making accommodation/lease arrangements for the duration of your degree program.

Will I get paid on a co-op term?

Co-op work terms are paid. Salaries range depending on location and the type of organization. For example, local, not-for-profit organizations generally pay less than larger corporations located in Central and Western Canada. You should know that you may not be able to fully finance your education with salaries earned on co-op terms – Co-op Salaries.

Co-op tuition fees cover?

Your co-op tuition fees cover the administration of the co-op process including, but not limited to the following:

  • Professional development sessions prior to your first co-op work term
  • Personalized job search assistance (cover letter support, one-on-one resume reviews, interview preparation, mock interviews, and coaching to complete your own job search)
  • Work site visits and ongoing mediation of unsatisfactory work term situations
  • Post co-op work term debriefing and grading with co-op faculty advisor
  • Development of job opportunities
  • Access to online job postings website and job posting administration
  • Interview space and interview coordination (including telephone and Skype interviews)
  • Facilitation of job offers
  • Tracking of student eligibility, participation level, and job search activity
  • Recognition programs (Mount Co-op Student of the Year and Co-op Employer of the Year Awards)
  • Networking opportunities with employers and fellow co-op students (special events and optional professional development/information session)