Prospective Students

Computer Science Co-operative Education

There are a range of employment and career options for those pursing a Degree in Computer Science. Co-op in an excellent way to complement your education and put you in a position to graduate with industry experience and contacts!

Benefits of a Co-op

There are numerous benefits to students who participate in a co-op. Co-op can help students:

  • Acquire work experience and on-the job training from industry professionals
  • Develop a better sense of career options within the industry
  • Relate academic knowledge and training to the industry
  • Build a network of contacts in the industry and develop professional associations
  • Assist with financing their education
  • Apply feedback from employers and faculty on performance to improve skills and knowledge
  • Improve employment options after graduation

Requirements and How to Apply

The co-op program is optional for students pursing a degree in computer science, meaning students are not required to enroll and participate in co-op in order to graduate with a degree in Computer Science. However, there are significant benefits to those students who opt to get industry experience while they are pursuing their degree.

Students interested in participating in a co-op must enroll and complete CSCI 307. The prerequisite for CSCI 307 is: Min “B” average and completion of CSCI 370. Students must also have completed 2nd year prior to starting their first co-op work term.

Upon completion of CSCI 307 students can choose to do one, two or three work terms. Most students will complete their co-op work term in the summer, however there is the option to complete work-terms in the fall and/or spring.

Kyle Boyd

Kyle completed his co-op doing web development in the programming department at Real Estate Webmasters in Nanaimo, BC. Real Estate Webmasters is the world's largest provider of custom web development and technology solutions in the real estate industry.

Kyle was responsible for working directly with clients to achieve success with their online presence and create tools for their business needs. He ...

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