Student Experiences in Co-op

Political Science student Bogdan Gorchak talks about his experiences in the co-op program.

Political Science Undergraduate Co-op Program

Co-operative Education combines traditional, in-class education with hands-on experience. Co-op work terms provide you with an opportunity to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of undergraduate studies in Political Science. Students may be placed in government, not-for-profit, private, or voluntary sector organizations.

Students in the Political Science co-op program normally alternate between study terms and paid, full-time work terms that are directly related to your program of study. Political Science students must complete three work terms, in addition to their regular program requirements. Students typically require an additional year of study to complete the co-op work terms and fulfill the academic requirements of their program.

The Co-op program is administered by Carleton’s Co-op Office.

How do I apply?

You can apply directly from high school via the Ontario University Application Center Website. You should apply to Carleton’s BA with a Major in Political Science (Honours) program and select the Co-op option.

Students enrolled in the BA Honours program in Political Science and who meet the co-op admission requirements may also apply to co-op during their first year of study. More information about how co-op works, including costs and work-study sequences, can be found here.

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

You are welcome to propose employment opportunities that do not appear in the database.

Additional Resources

Co-operative Education
Undergraduate Student Co-Op Process
BA/Political Science Co-op Student Advisor