Apply for Co-op


Applications are now closed for the 2020/21 intake. Check back in September 2021 for details on the 2021/22 intake. Note that there is only 1 intake per academic year.

PhD students entering 2nd and 3rd year are the most likely cohort. PhD students who have achieved candidacy or can reasonably expect to do so by Spring 2021 can apply in the Fall 2020 intake. If you think you’ll have two years of PhD study from Spring 2021 in which to schedule three 4-month work terms, you are welcome to apply. SSHRC-holders and international students are both eligible to apply.

1. Interested students can apply to the Co-op Program in the Fall of 2020. Note that there is only 1 intake per year.

2. All PhD applications who meet the application criteria will be asked to participate in a 45-minute interview with a faculty member from their department and Letitia Henville, Graduate Co-op Coordinator with the Arts Co-op Program. During this interview, you will be asked about your skills, interests, and ambitions for participation in co-op.

Interview timeslots:

  • History – October 14, 1pm or 2pm; October 20, 1pm
  • English – October 15, 9:30am; October 19, 2:30 or 3:30pm
  • Philosophy – October 19, 10am or 11am; October 20, 9:30am or 10:30am
  • Germanic Studies – October 14, 11am; October 15, 2pm or 3pm; October 20, 2pm
  • Gender, Race, and Social Justice – to be scheduled

Offers of a spot in the program will be made in November 2020.

3. Co-op students will receive one-on-one training and coaching on resume, cover letter, interview, and networking skills from December 2020 through January 2021. We will hold a combination of synchronous and asynchronous training sessions, and you will have the opportunity to meet with potential co-op employers.

You will then have access to the co-op jobs database, choose which positions you wish to apply for, and go through a competitive hiring process: employers select the students they wish to hire. You may also work with the Graduate Co-op Coordinator to identify employers you may wish to approach together for a potential co-op position.

4. You may begin to apply for jobs starting in either Summer 2021 or Fall 2021; normally, you’ll be submitting job applications 2-5 months before the work term is scheduled to begin. Job interviews for positions starting in Summer 2021 will occur between January-April 2021.

After your first co-op work term is complete, you can alternate between your research and dissertation semesters and your two additional co-op work terms.

Learn more about the PhD Co-op Programs and application process by attending our information session. You will hear from Arts Co-op staff.

Check back in September 2021 for info session dates.

If you are interested in expanding your skill sets and work experience, this is your chance. If you want to provide yourself with more career options after you graduate, Co-op is ideal. If you want to experiment with how your academic skills might translate to either academic administration or non-academic work, please apply. If you want income not solely from grants or teaching during your PhD, co-op will be ideal.

As the academic job market tightened in response to COVID-19, it is possible that you may need to do more than simply be an excellent research in order to obtain an academic job. If you are strategic and work hard, you may use co-op to add a new dimension to your academic profile, including but not limited to work involving the digital or public humanities, community engagement, and knowledge exchange. If you are interested in pursuing co-op to increase your competitiveness on the academic job market, please discuss this with your dissertation supervisor and the Graduate Co-op Coordinator.

If you are close to finishing your dissertation, you won’t have time to complete 3 co-op work terms.

If you already have a lucrative side-business outside academia, you may not need additional work experience.

If you are financially independent and likely to remain so, you may not feel strongly that you need employment options after the completion of your PhD.

If you are struggling in the PhD program, Co-op may not be for you.

Please note that if you are admitted into the Arts Co-op Program, you will be asked to sign and submit a Terms & Conditions document, which outlines the Program’s guidelines. For reference, you can view 2018 Terms & Conditions.