Co-op in Computer Science

Acadia University’s Co-op Program is nationally accredited and integrates study terms with paid, discipline-related work terms. Co-op students complete a minimum of three 4-month work terms or a 12 or 16-month internship. Students apply to Co-op at the beginning of their 2nd year, but 3rd year students are also welcome (depending on total credits completed). All Co-op students participate in mandatory professional development workshops and receive one-on-one coaching in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, and workplace professionalism. Upon completion of Co-op, students receive 3 credit hours, counting as one elective course towards graduation requirements.

In Computer Science, having work experience upon graduation provides a distinct competitive advantage. Applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, students gain hands-on experience in their discipline. Co-op helps students determine their strengths and interests while exploring different work environments and test-driving potential careers. Employers from across Canada hire Co-op students to work on special projects and assist during peak periods while often evaluating them for future hire.

Recent employers include: Communications Security Establishment, Orenda Software Solutions, Royal Bank of Canada, MOBIA Technology Innovations, and BBM by CMW Social Networking Inc.


"I believe the Co-op program offered me experience that I wouldn't have been able to obtain through just academics. It helped me become a better computer scientist and grow as a person. I would definitely recommend the Co-op program if you are wanting to get the most out of your education at Acadia.”

Matt Tees
Bachelor of Computer Science (Co-op Option)