Co-op work terms provide students with an opportunity to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of undergraduate and graduate studies in Political Science, and locate students in government, not-for-profit, private, or voluntary sector organizations.

The Co-op program is administered by the Co-op Office

Recent BA Program Co-op Placements



National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Junior Operations Officer
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Junior Communications Officer
Global Affairs Canada Analyst, Data Management
Public Health Agency of Canada Junior Policy Analyst
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Hearing Support Assistant
Veterans Affairs Canada Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs Student
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Junior Data Analyst
Elections Canada Electoral Coordination Officer
Canada Border Services Agency Enforcement Assistant
Health Canada Student Surveillance and Triage Analyst
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Media Monitor
Transport Canada Junior Accident Analyst
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada Junior Program Researcher
Employment and Social Development Canada Junior Policy Analyst

Recent MA Program Co-op Placements



Health Canada Policy Analyst
Global Affairs Canada Junior Communications Officer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Trade Policy Analyst
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Co-op Student in Migration Health
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Negotiations Intern

Lashaunda Yates, 2019 MA graduate who chose co-op and master’s research paper options in her program

After finishing my undergraduate degree in the US, I had the choice between attending law school and pursuing a master’s degree. Out of all the schools I had applied to, Carleton offered me the most opportunities to continue my education while working in the nation’s capital, giving me access to multiple NGOs and government agencies; it was the best choice I could have made for myself. Not for the reasons outlined but because of the support I received from my professors, supervisors and the administrative staff, especially Brookes Fee.

While studying at Carleton, I was able to obtain a co-op placement at the Canadian Federation for Independent Business which is Canada’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating and supporting an environment where your business can succeed. Shortly afterwards I was given the opportunity to work with James Milner and the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) as a Project Officer. LERRN is 7-year SHHRC partnership grant dedicated to building a team of researchers and practitioners committed to promoting protection and solutions with and for refugees.

The experience I obtained through my co-op placement and time as a Project Officer paved the way for me to obtain an FWSEP placement at Global Affairs Canada, where I have continued to work since graduating.

During my time at Carleton, I wrote an MRP with Dr. Elinor Sloan as my supervisor. My paper was called Arctic Concerns: A New Age of Security Threats and it gave me the opportunity to do more in depth research on the possibility of a security dilemma in the Arctic while also developing a good relationship with Dr. Sloan.

Thank you Carleton University for a memorable two years, I’m glad I choose to do my MA in Political Science here!

More information on MA Co-op

Full-time MA students who have completed a minimum of 2.5 credits may choose a co-op option. Co-op work terms provide Master’s students with an opportunity to develop skills relevant to their chosen field of study and to explore various career options and work environments. As a co-op student you will become an integral part of the work team that you join. Participation in co-op will allow you to develop the necessary skills to conduct an effective job search and to graduate with a network of established career contacts.

Students must successfully complete two co-op terms to receive a co-op designation on their academic transcript. The co-op designation is in addition to the 5.0 credits for the MA program. Students will be registered in the co-op course PSCI 5913 (0.0 credit) once they are successful in their co-op job search, and may not take more than 0.5 credits of course work at the same time. If a student chooses to enroll in 0.5 credits of course work while on a co-op work term, the course must be taken outside of regular working hours.

Work terms are four months in duration, and students who are successful in obtaining a placement can typically find work in either government or the private sector.