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Why Science Co-op

Interested in applying to Science Co-op? We look forward to having you join us!
Science Co-op is more than just a job. By joining Science Co-op, you will:

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    Gain degree related work experience - Your competitive advantage!

    Build your resume by learning new skills and developing professional work experience. Enhance your employability after graduation.

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    Build your professional and career network

    Develop key employer and industry contacts from your co-op work terms; as well as mentoring opportunities with professionals.

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    Earn money while you learn

    Co-op is paid work. Help pay for your education or future travel plans.

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    Apply your classroom learning to real-life work

    By complementing your academic studies with co-op work terms, you apply what you learn in class to real-world work environments and then apply what you learn on your co-op work terms to your classroom studies.

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    Career exploration

    Learn more about your career options. Test-drive different types of work experiences prior to graduating.

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    Build life-long friendships

    Make lasting connections with like-minded, talented people through co-op work placements.

How Science Co-op works

Co-op education relies upon a three-way partnership between students, employers, and the university.

The Science Co-op education program is a professional development program in which you alternate regular academic terms with paid, full-time employment in your area of study. It is an excellent way to add to your classroom learning with on-the-job experience. As an undergraduate student, it can help you choose the career areas you may want to pursue after graduation.

With the Science Co-op option, regular 4-year programs are completed over 5 years to allow you to complete a minimum of three, or a maximum of four, work terms. Each work term is completed within a 4-month period beginning in January, May, or September. Students must successfully complete the equivalent of three work terms to receive the co-op designation on their degree.

Work term placements are with private companies, industries, government departments, non-government organizations, and universities, and may be local, national, or international.

Different types of industries:

Co-op employers may be carrying out research and development, or delivering programs in:

Talent placement process

Find out more about the co-op placement process depending upon your area of study.

 

Programs and skills

International students

International students are welcome to apply for Co-op. If accepted into the co-op program, international students must follow the steps below:

  • Apply for a co-op work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This permit allows international students to participate in off-campus cooperative education employment.
  • Request a letter from the co-op office detailing the conditions of their co-op participation and employment. This letter will ask that the co-op work permit be valid until the completion of all three co-op work terms. It must be included in the above application package.
  • Submit the entire package immediately to IRCC. Check their website for information on how to submit the application and the processing times.
  • Students must have a valid study permit to apply for a co-op work permit.

There is no fee for the co-op work permit application within internship or co-op programs. International students may contact or see an advisor at the International Centre for co-op work permit-related questions.

A copy of the co-op work permit must be submitted to both the work term employer and the co-op office prior to the commencement of the work term.

Please note that international students will not be eligible to apply for positions with Canadian federal departments and agencies requiring secret security clearance within the federal government.

Fees

 There is a co-op work term fee which is paid for each confirmed 4-month co-op work term. 

Current co-op work term fee: $558.25 (subject to change) 

Tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University of Manitoba Board of Governors. For the latest fee information, please visit the fee section of the UM Academic Calendar

Your co-op fees are used to cover costs directly related to the management, administration, and marketing of the Science Co-op program. 

For all other fee information (including ancillary fees, Health and Dental, and U-Pass), please consult the UMSU website and/or UM Academic Calendar as appropriate. 

Information sessions

Please stay tuned for future information sessions to be announced!

How to apply

Science Co-op is available for students in the following undergraduate 4-year degree programs:

Computer Science

  • Computer Science (Major, Honours)
  • Joint Honours with Computer Science
    • Computer Science and Mathematics Joint Honours
    • Computer Science and Physics and Astronomy Joint Honours
    • Computer Science and Statistics Joint Honours

Computational Sciences

  • Data Science (Major)
  • Mathematics (Major, Honours, Double Honours)
  • Applied Mathematics (Major)
    • Computer Science Option (Major)
    • Economics Option (Major)
    • Statistics Option (Major)
  • Physics & Astronomy (Major, Honours)
  • Statistics (Major, Honours)
    • Statistics – Mathematics Joint Honours

Life & Physical Sciences

  • Biochemistry  (Major, Honours)
  • Biological Sciences (Major, Honours)
  • Biotechnology (Major, Honours)
  • Chemistry (Major, Honours)
  • Genetics (Major, Honours)
  • Microbiology (Major, Honours)
  • Psychology (Major)

In order to apply, students must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • Being a full-time student in one of the above programs.
  • Have completed the majority of 2nd-year course degree requirements, with not less than 54 credit hours passed.
  • Have a minimum of 30 credit hours remaining in their program of study prior to the beginning of the first work term (in most cases, this would mean at the end of the fall term in the application year).
  • Have a minimum GPA:
    • 2.50 for all Major programs (except Psychology – 3.00 required)
    • 3.00 for all Honours programs

Students are advised that satisfying the entrance requirements does not guarantee a place in Science Co-op. Enrollment is limited and acceptance is based on academic performance, availability of co-op work positions, and completion of a successful intake interview. Science Co-op reserves the right to determine and select the best-qualified applicants for admission into the Program. 

Students must be in full-time studies to enter and continue in the Science Co-op.

Students who have special circumstances and may not be sure whether they are eligible for Science Co-op should contact us via email at Science.Co-op@umanitoba.ca.

After determining your eligibility, you may apply. To learn how select your program below:

Application deadlines

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Computer Science

Applications will reopen in 2023. Students accepted in 2022 would be eligible for their first work term in January 2023 or May 2023.
Joint Honours students interested in co-op should contact us at scicoop@umanitoba.ca.

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Computational Sciences (Data Science, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy and Statistics)

Applications will reopen in 2023. Students accepted in 2022 would be eligible for their first work term in January 2023 or May 2023.

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Life and Physical Sciences (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Psychology)

Applications will reopen in 2023. Students accepted in 2022 would be eligible for their first work term in January 2023 or May 2023.

Co-op schedule

Co-op students alternate their academic terms with paid work term placements. Each work term is completed within a 4-month period. Work terms will add a minimum of one year of career-related experience to your academic program, extending your program from 4 years to 5 years. Students should plan their Program over a two-year period, to ensure they obtain all required academic and co-op requirements.

Computer Science

Academic Schedule

FALL

(Sept – Dec)

WINTER

(Jan – April)

SUMMER

(May – Aug)

Year 3 Study term – 3A Work term 1 Study term – 3B
Year 4 Work term 2 Study term – 4A Work term 3
Year 5 Final study term – 4B    

The above table represents the schedule for Computer Science students who enter co-op in September of their third year and participate in their first work term in January. This is referred to as a “regular stream”.

There are a variety of reasons why co-op students may not follow this schedule. Here are three situations that might find students “out-of-stream”:

  • Students seeking their second degree require fewer credit hours than first-degree students. These students may be allowed to join co-op at different times.
  • Students seeking a joint Honours Degree can normally only participate in summer work terms. Intake for these students occurs in December with an anticipated first work term in the summer between the 2nd and 3rd year.

It is possible some students who enter co-op in September will not receive job offers for the winter work term (January to April). If these students have followed all co-op procedures and guidelines, job placement may be deferred to the summer recruitment period, and may require an eight-month work term (May to December).

Life & Physical Sciences and Computational Sciences

There are the two basic schedules Co-op students in Computational, Life and Physical Sciences can choose for alternating their academic and work terms.

Winter Start

Academic Schedule

FALL

(Sept – Dec)

WINTER

(Jan – April)

SUMMER

(May – Aug)

Year 3 Academic term Work term 1 Work term 2
Year 4 Academic term Academic term Work term 3
Year 5 Final academic term Graduate  

Summer Start

Academic Schedule

FALL

(Sept – Dec)

WINTER

(Jan – April)

SUMMER

(May – Aug)

Year 3 Academic term Academic term Work term 1
Year 4 Work term 2 Academic term Work term 3
Year 5 Final academic term Graduate  

NOTE: Schedule B is strongly recommended for International Students to allow time for application and obtainment of Science Co-op Work Permit required for every International Student who is successfully admitted in Science Co-op to apply for co-op positions. See more details.

Alternate scheduling is available in consultation with your coordinator.

Psychology

This is the basic schedule for Psychology Co-op students for alternating their academic and work terms.

Summer Start

Academic Schedule

FALL

(Sept – Dec)

WINTER

(Jan – April)

SUMMER

(May – Aug)

Year 3 Academic term Academic term Work term 1
Year 4 Work term 2 Academic term Work term 3
Year 5 Final academic term Graduate  

Alternate scheduling is available in consultation with your coordinator.

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Contact us

Science Co-op Offices
Engineering Information & Technology Complex (EITC)
EITC E2-482, 483, 484 and 499
University of Manitoba
Fort Garry Campus
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6

204-474-7863