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Arts & Science Co-op

Currently representing 35 academic programs at UTSC, the Arts & Science Co-op program houses over 40 years of expertise in co-operative education. We facilitate academically aligned paid co-op work terms and empower our students through extensive preparation: each Arts & Science Co-op student receives 55+ hours of job search training through co-op preparation courses prior to their first work term.

Our dedicated business development team works with industry partners to seek and secure high-quality, relevant co-op experiences for 4, 8, or 12-month work terms, and providing students with the opportunity to successfully contribute to the workplace.

UTSC A&S Co-op Profile

U of T Scarborough Arts & Science Co-op student

Division:

Arts & Science Co-op, University of Toronto Scarborough

Instructor / Program Coordinator

Susan Soikie, Director, Arts & Science Co-op, University of Toronto Scarborough

Typologies

Co-op

Information for Interested Students

More information about the Arts & Science Co-op program at the University of Toronto Scarborough can be found on their website.

Benefits to Students

Arts & Science Co-op students receive extensive teaching on job search skills in addition to hands-on training in a role aligned to their academic program. They have the opportunity to build academic knowledge, apply it to the workplace, and then integrate it back into their academics. This cements a competitive advantage over their non-co-op peers for their plans post-graduation.

Benefits to External Partners and the Community

The program centers on a 3-way partnership between employers, students, and the university. It offers opportunities for building reciprocal relationships between the University and local/global employers: the employers benefit from U of T’s innovative top talent at their organization, and from budget-friendly opportunities for early recruitment and talent development.

Benefits to the University

With the burgeoning popularity of work-integrated learning with prospective university applicants, offering a co-op program option within an academic program attracts top-tier students looking for enriched learning. It also offers students the opportunity to reflect on and apply in-course learning in a workplace or research setting, resulting in a deeper application of academic knowledge.

Advice for Faculty and Staff Interested in Creating a Similar Experiential Learning Opportunity

Co-op is the most established form of work-integrated learning within Canada, and U of T Scarborough’s Arts & Science Co-op program is the oldest program at the University of Toronto. If you’re considering developing a co-op program, the Office would be happy to assist with labour market research, partnership development, academic and work term sequencing, and more.