Fourth-year Practicum.

In normal times, practica placements generally consist of in-office or in-laboratory opportunities that provide students with a real-world professional experience, and we are hoping that students will be able to secure such opportunities during the upcoming academic year. However, these opportunities may not be easily available this academic year. Furthermore, even if there is partial re-opening of society, we recognize that there will be students who will be uncomfortable volunteering at an office for health or other reasons. We, therefore, will again be recognizing alternatives to the practicum so you can complete your degree this academic year.

These alternatives should still be experiential in nature. We are willing to recognize consultant-format opportunities wherein a student conducts an applied analyses or applied GIS projects for a specific organization, government, or private sector sponsor. Practicum has also been expanded to include work with community-based organisations and associations.

We are introducing the flexibility to ensure you complete your degree and graduate, and we are here to work with you in securing a positive practicum experience. You are still expected to seek out such opportunities on your own but contact us for guidance or assistance. If you live outside of Ottawa, you are encouraged to seek out opportunities with local organizations, government institutions, and private companies. Then follow the steps outlined in the Student InfoPack.

If you have any questions about practicum, or clarification concerning a possible placement opportunity, contact Paul Williams, who is responsible both these courses. He is happy to provide you with guidance and support both throughout the summer and into the fall and winter semesters.


Finding a job in your specialization involves a critical self assessment of your interests, a willingness to explore new opportunities and learn new things, and apply skills outside your comfort zone. These are the first steps to your future career path.

Both the practicum and cooperative education options give you the chance to explore great learning opportunities; apply current best practices in your field of study; attempt challenging and interesting assignments to broaden your horizons; and experience ample networking opportunities with professionals working in your field of interest.

More Information on the Practicum Program

More Information on the Co-op Program

Practicum/Co-op Differences at a Glance


Unpaid work
10 weeks 1-day a week during semester
Included in tuition
One final report per practicum
No guarantee of placement
Taken 4th year of Honours program
No minimum GPA
No additional coursework required
Required in some programs


Paid work: Minimum Wage to $22/hr
Three 4 month full time work terms
$390/work terms and $390 course fees
One final report per work term
No guarantee of work term
Co-op preparation course starts 2nd year
Minimum GPA required
Non-credit co-op course required


During the academic semester, you will work with an employment sponsor/agency on a project of mutual interest. You can choose to work in the private sector, within government agencies or with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

We have numerous organizations that provide work placements for our students. Recent examples include: City of Ottawa, Renfrew Victoria Hospital, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Ecology Ottawa, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, McCormick Rankin, Geo Digital, PCI Geomatics, Just Food and many more…


For More Information:
Undergraduate Administrator
Karen Tucker

Practicum/Co-op Program Supervisor & Advisor
John Milton