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