Co-operative education is a structured educational program whereby students spend alternating periods in university and employment. The Cooperative Education Option is available to students registered in either the Major or Honours degree programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Physical Geography.
Why do Coop?
theoretical knowledge and practical work experience.
education, and select areas of specialization for choosing senior courses and
selecting a Focus Area.
professional development by engaging in networking opportunities, and
participating in conferences and workshops.
mentoring relationships with employers.
career options without a long-term commitment.
your education through relevant work experience.
impressive resume that sets you apart from other students.
workplace skills that provide you hands-on experience with the latest tools and
What does it cost?
Students enrolled in the Coop program are assessed a program fee of
approximately $600.00 with their first placement. This fee assessment
covers course fees for ENVR 3980, ENVR 3990, and any additional
placements. Once a student has accepted a position with a Coop employer, no portion of the program fee will normally be refunded.
How much are students paid?
Students are paid competitive wages reflective of the students’ work
experience, academic achievement and value to the organization.
How does it work?
The Co-op program consists of two employment work terms totaling eight months and six credit hours of mandatory course work. An optional third work term and work term report is available to interested students. Each academic term and each employment term commence in January, May or September. The work term must provide a minimum of 420 hours of employment. While on a work term a Cooperative Education student is not permitted to take more than three additional credit hours of academic work outside of the requirements of the Coop placement without consent of the employer and the Cooperative Education Coordinator.
If you have completed 60 credit hours (including required courses) in a Major or Honours degree program in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Physical Geography than you are eligible to apply for the Cooperative Education Option. Please contact the coordinator for more information on enrolling in the program:
Lynn Frazer a honours environmental science
student in the co-operative education program at the University of Manitoba.
Her work term placements have included the Experimental Lakes Area, where she
conducted a project using fluorescent microspheres to quantify cladoceran
grazing rates, and the University of Manitoba, where she tackled local
environmental issues researching a set of shallow urban prairie lakes.
Scholarships received include the Experimental Lakes Area Undergraduate
Fellowship Award and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC) Summer Undergraduate Research Award. Her interest in key aquatic
issues has taken her to various conferences and seminars, including the Red
River Basin Land and Water International Summit Conference in Fargo, ND
(January, 2005) as well as the North American Lake Management Society
Conference in Madison, WI (November, 2005), where she was the lead author in a
poster presentation on urban prairie lake management. She continues to involve
herself in the community as a volunteer at the Fort Whyte Centre, to promote
and develop environmental education material for the public. Overall, the co-op
program has helped to pique her interest in the field of aquatic research, hone
research and technical communication skills and make valuable network
connections. Currently, she is completing her honours thesis on the importance
of zooplankton-phytoplankton interactions in determining the length of the
clear-water phase and plans to attend the Prairie Universities Biological
Symposium (PUBS; February, 2006) to showcase her research.
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Room 440 Wallace Building, 125 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2
Fax: 204-275-3147 Riddell.Faculty@umanitoba.ca