What is Co-operative Education?

Co-op alternating consists of alternating academic terms and paid work terms.
Co-op internship consists of several co-op work terms back-to-back.
In both models, work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student’s field of study. The number of required work terms varies by program; however, the time spent in work terms must be at least 30% of the time spent in academic study for programs over 2 years in length and 25% of time for programs 2 years and shorter in length.


Breeanna, a student of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.

*The Co-Operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada Definition criteria are intended for program design and reflect the Guiding Principles of the Co-Operative Education accreditation requirements. 

CEWIL Canada acknowledges and affirms the rights of students with disabilities to have equal access to co-operative education programming. Exceptions to the above will be supported to meet the duty to accommodate and ensure that all students have full and equal access of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.