Real-world Experience


Seneca believes in creating great student experiences that provide enriching learning opportunities — both inside and outside of the classroom. This includes immersing yourself in the workplace as part of a work term or field placement or expanding your skillset by studying abroad. These enriching experiences will give you an edge when you enter the workforce or pursue further studies.


Co-ops & Work Terms 

Co-ops and works-terms will give you a chance to put into practise the skills and knowledge you have gained in the classroom. Many of our programs offer an optional work term for qualified students, while our degree programs include a mandatory work term.

Heather Hyde spent a summer working as an events co-ordinator at the Air Canada Centre (currently Scotiabank Arena) during a co-op work term in the Business Administration – Marketing program. As part of the live events team with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, she spent four months working on events for musical acts like Britney Spears, the Foo Fighters and Kid Rock, and gained valuable industry experience.

While studying in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce – International Accounting & Finance programReynold Choi pursued his co-op work term at a prestigious Toronto accounting firm where he filed more than 300 returns for clients. This experience led to him being hired upon graduation and then moving to an accounting associate position at the renowned firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Sue is a graduate of the School of Early Childhood Education and works as a supervisor at an agency that supports women and children in having violence-free lives.

“Graduating from Seneca propelled me to success. My program not only offered in-depth exploration of theories and concepts relating to supporting children and their families, I also was able to build practical skills through my placement and co-op experiences.”

Field Placement

Some academic programs include field placements that are typically unpaid but provide an opportunity to gain essential experience in the workplace. During your placement, you will also build a network of professional contacts within the industry and enhance your resumé — both of which will be invaluable resources upon launching your career.

Natalee Johnson completed her field placement for the Early Childhood Education program at Springdale Public School in Brampton, Ont. After graduation, she was hired on as a registered Early Childhood Educator for a full-day kindergarten class. She was partnered with a teacher in a classroom of 20 students to watch over their social and emotional development.

Sharron Spencer is a graduate of the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program.

“Seneca’s program not only taught me the theoretical content that I needed to become a working professional in my field, it challenged me to grow personally. The practicum portion of the program helped me to develop the practical tools needed and gave me hands-on work experience. The faculty is supportive and works with students to encourage success and continues to be a valuable resource and support after graduation.”

Study Abroad

Studying in another country can be an incredible experience with new environments, fascinating cultures and life-long friends. As a Seneca student, you can earn credits, complete your co-op requirements and receive financial support while you participate in a global opportunity.

Reecha Patel is a graduate of the former Tourism – Services Management (Flight Services) program. During her studies, she also participated in the Mobile Intensive Learning Experience.

"There is only so much you can learn from textbooks, classroom lectures and the Internet. These things will surely broaden your academic knowledge. However, if you want to learn about life, nothing is more enriching than travel. What you learn through real-life experiences is endless and incomparable. It is one thing to be taught something and the complete opposite when you experience it."