Apply for Co-op

Applications are now closed for the 2019/20 intake. Check back in September 2020 for details on the 2020/21 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 2 years of PhD study from Spring 2020 in which to schedule 3, 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. English PhD applicants who meet the application criteria will be asked to participate in a short 20-minute interview with Dr. Tiffany Potter, with the English Department and Letitia Henville, Graduate Co-op Coordinator with the Arts Co-op Program to discuss their specific interests and what the program can offer.

History PhD applicants will be asked to participate in a short 20-minute interview with Dr. John Roosa, with the History Department and Letitia Henville, Graduate Co-op Coordinator with the Arts Co-op Program.

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 non-academic applications and interview skills from November through January and attend an all-day (9am-4pm) interview skills workshop with co-op employers in early January 2020.

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

4. New co-op students will apply for jobs starting in either Summer 2021 or Fall 2021.

Job interviews for positions starting in Summer 2021 will occur between January-April 2021. Those for Fall 2021 will occur between May-September 2021.

Thereafter, students in the Co-op Program will alternate study and 2 additional work terms.

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

Check back in September 2020 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.

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 last year's 2018 Terms & Conditions.