What is Co-op?

Co-operative education enriches the educational experience and prepares students for future employment through hands-on work experience as part of their degree program.

Students who take on work placements through our co-op internship program are supported throughout their experience by our program staff, receive guidance from an industry mentor and are assigned a workplace supervisor.

Our program adheres to the best practices outlined for co-operative education as outlined by CEWIL Canada. 

Our Program

Our Co-op Internship Program is an optional academic program available to undergraduate students, both domestic and international, registered in the College of Engineering. Students who participate may take on one or more full-time, paid work placements to enhance their degree. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for this program at the end of their first year of studies to maximize the time available to take on work placements.

Students who secure work placements are enrolled in a series of four-month academic courses while they are employed. Co-op students earn a competitive salary, gain valuable engineering work experience, and develop their professional network, all while maintaining their full-time student status.

Co-op students who complete at least 12 months of work experience through this program will graduate with "Co-op Internship" on their parchment.

Consider participating in the program to:

Apply theoretical knowledge in a practical workplace environment

Develop essential skills in areas including communication, teamwork and problem solving

Finance your education and become more marketable to future employers

Potentially apply up to 12 months of pre-graduation work experience towards professional engineer designation requirements

Work Placement Options

Work placements can begin in January, May or September and depending on the work term length you are interested in pursuing, there are several options available to you.

Remember you can customize your experience by combining work placements together.

 Second year students admitted to the program may take on a 4 month placement following completion of their second year of studies (May start only). Subsequent work placements are permitted in third and fourth year.

 Third and fourth year students admitted to the program are permitted to take on 4, 8, 12 or 16 month placements with start dates in January, May or September.


Be enrolled in the College of Engineering and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering program at the time of application to the co-op internship program

Have completed at least two years of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program at the time of first work placement

Have attained a 65% sessional weighted average in your most recent academic year at the time of application to the program

Maintain a weighted average of at least 65% in the two most recent academic terms (not including spring and summer terms) throughout participation in the program

Return to your studies following a work placement with at least 12 credit units of coursework remaining towards the requirements for your Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree

Must not be on academic action prior to leaving on a work placement and must not receive an academic action while on a work placement

Registration in a capstone design course disqualifies a student's eligibility for a January start date

Application Process

Learn More

Attend a co-op internship information session to learn about the program. Information sessions are held in March of every year.


Applications are accepted through CareerLink in March of every year. Admittance notifications are then sent out in May of the same year with work placements beginning the following year.


Once admitted, complete Introduction to Engineering Co-operative Internship course (ECIP 200.1), an online asynchronous one-month course offered in both June and September. 

Student Testimonials

     “I get to learn and see, firsthand, real engineering  issues and work towards a solution for a better delivery of water to the city.” 
Andres Urbina, 4th year mechanical
engineering student - Co-op student with the City of Saskatoon


Students are strongly encouraged to speak with an academic advisor to find out how to plan their academics around a work placement. Visit the Academic Advising webpage for more information.

Students who participate in the co-op internship program incur two types of fees which support the administration of the program.

Tuition Fees: Approved students are required to complete Introduction to Engineering Co-operative Internship course (ECIP 200.1). Students who secure work placements are assessed tuition fees  while on placement. Fees are assessed following registration in ECIP 400, ECIP 401, ECIP 402, ECIP 403, and ECIP 404, respectively. Each of these 400-level ECIP courses correspond to a four month period of time on a work placement.

Off-Campus Student Fees: Students who secure a placement are assessed off-campus student fees in September, January, May, and July while on work placement.

Co-op students may be able to register in up to one course per term while on work placement, excluding the first four months. Courses must not interfer with their work placement. Approval is required from program staff prior to registering for a course.

Interested in learning more about the co-op internship program?