How do I apply?

  1. Apply directly from high school via the Ontario University Application Center Website. You must apply to Carleton’s B.A. with a Major in Psychology (Honours) program and select the Co-op option.
  2. Apply by the end of your 2nd year of study at Carleton University (application form).

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

  • Register in B.A. (Honours) Psychology
  • Obtain and maintain an overall CGPA of 9.5 and a major CGPA of 9.5
  • Achieve 2nd year-standing
  • Successfully complete PSYC 2001 and PSYC 2002 by the start of the first work term
  • Maintain full-time status in each study term
  • Successfully complete COOP 1000 [0.0]
  • Be eligible to work in Canada (for off-campus jobs)

Co-op and Career Services regularly monitor your progress in the program. More information on these requirements may be found via the Co-op – 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 during either the fall of 3rd-year (if the first work term is the summer of 3rd-year) or the winter of 3rd-year (if the first work term is the fall of 4th-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 for a minimum of two terms prior to your first work term and will be notified by Co-op when it is time to register. For more information about this course, access COOP 1000.

How do I locate 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, then 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 before 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 includes:

  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Carleton’s Career Services
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Main Street Community Services
  • National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces
  • Portia Learning Centre
  • RCMP
  • Service Canada

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

What if I have questions?

If you are interested in learning more, access Co-op or any of these resources:

Department of Psychology

Co-op Student Advisor for Psychology Katrin Liivoja