Graduate Jodi Rabeneck talks about her experience at Seneca and the strength of the College's co-op programs.
Co-operative Education at Seneca
Co-operative (Co-op) Education programs give students the opportunity to use what they've learned in the classroom during a paid work period. Below are the questions we hear the most about our co-op programs. If you have any other questions, please give us a call at 416.491.5050 ext. 22233.
I completed co-op in high school - is it the same in college?
Co-op at the secondary school level is often unpaid experience, and therefore the employer may not expect the same level of performance as from a paid employee. Co-op at the college level is intended to provide you with the experience of a real full-time job. Many college co-op students have previous work experience and through their program have developed industry specific knowledge and skills. This combination of skills and experience enables you to secure a paid position, where employers expect you to perform as a regular full-time employee. Employers often view co-op students as an ideal way to address their short term staffing needs, while having the opportunity to preview a potential hire at a later date.
I am an international student - can I apply to a co-op program?
Yes, international students may apply for the co-op within the programs offering the co-op option, with the exception of oversubscribed programs such as Human Resources Management.
Note: Good communication skills are essential to most businesses and have been identified as a key factor in the hiring decision. Therefore the co-op application process involves the assessment of applicants’ written and verbal English communication skills, and a listening comprehension test.
Is there a fee?
Yes, the current co-op fee is $495 per work-term and it is billed upon acceptance into the co-op program. If a program contains more than one work-term, the co-op fee is billed in the semester prior to each subsequent work-term.
Do I have to pay another co-op fee if I don't find a job the first time?
The co-op fee is not a placement fee, therefore for every semester that you are seeking a co-op placement you will be billed in the academic semester before your placement.
What do I have to do to get into the co-op program?
Mandatory co-op programs assess co-op eligibility upon admission to the College. Optional co-op programs have an application process subsequent to admission to the College. You must apply to the co-op program after completing one or more semesters of study depending on the program.
The following tips will help you keep your co-op option open: Enroll in the courses listed on your Program Progression Chart each semester as prescribed (see your Academic Advisor to obtain a copy of the Chart) Refrain from dropping the prescribed courses including (General Education courses) If you must drop a prescribed course, be sure to pick it up in the next/summer semester in order to stay on stream. Plan to achieve a 3.0 GPA or better each semester. Be aware of specific Co-op Requirements for your program. Attend the Co-op Information Session for your program.
Generally speaking, students must maintain a minimum C+ in the professional courses and C in all other subjects in order to continue in the program and complete the co-op component.
What if I don't get the grade required?
In this case your application is normally denied, although you may speak to the Co-op Co-ordinator to discuss other options available.
What kind of job will the College get for me?
Co-op students are expected to use their own initiative in partnership with Co-op Co-ordinators to secure appropriate work-term opportunities. Acceptable co-op placements must be paid positions related to the student’s field of study that meet the minimum number of hours required.
Co-op Co-ordinators provide instruction on job search tools and strategies through the Co-op Professional Theory course, one-on-one advisement, and alternative resources to assist students with their job search.
The College cannot guarantee suitable co-op employment although every attempt will be made to assist students in the job search process.
Does the College have contacts with employers?
The Co-op Office maintains a database of employer contacts who have hired co-op students in the past. These employers are solicited each cycle for available short-term contract positions that would be suitable for the co-op group seeking work.