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.

Why do co-op?

Co-op placements give you the opportunity to get a head start on a career. They can help you develop important employability skills, a chance to explore different career options, and to graduate with real-world experience and a competitive edge in the job market after graduation.

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.

You can also apply to Co-op during your 1st year of study at Carleton University. More information on this process and the application form for current students is available: Apply for Coop.

What are the admission requirements?

For admission to and continuation in the Co-op option for Political Science, you must:

  • Be registered in the BA (Honours) Political Science
  • Obtain and maintain an overall CGPA of 9.5 and a major CGPA of 9.5
  • Achieve 2nd year standing
  • Maintain full-time status in each study term
  • Successfully complete COOP 1000 [0.0 credits]
  • Be eligible to work in Canada (for off-campus jobs)

Co-op and Career Services regularly monitors your progress in the program. More information on these requirements may be found in the Co-Op section of the Undergrad Calendar.

What is COOP 1000?

Before you can start a work term, you must complete the non-credit online course, COOP 1000. Usually, this course is completed either during the fall of your second year (if the first work term is summer after your second year) or during the winter of your third year (if the first work term is in the fall of your third year).

COOP 1000 is a six-module, 8-week, online course designed to assist you in developing a variety of employability skills. You will have access to this course a minimum of two terms prior to their first work term and will be notified by Co-op when it is time to register.

How do I find a co-op position with an employer?

It is your responsibility to secure employment for Co-op and there are no assurances that a position will be found. However, if you have a clear plan, persistence, enthusiasm, and a sense of initiative, your chances of success are enhanced.

The Carleton University Co-op Program office will assist you with job searches, which are normally conducted during the term immediately prior to the work term. You will have access to a database that includes employers indicating a willingness to take on Carleton Co-op students.

A sampling of participating employers where Political Science students have been employed includes:

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

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