An opportunity to take a step ahead
Students at the University of Ottawa have the opportunity to take part in one of the best English literature Co-op programs in the country. Balancing academic study with paid work-placements, Co-op students spend a total of four semesters working with employers in private and public sectors, in roles that include writing, editing, research, analysis, and marketing. This program offers students the opportunity to hone important transferable skills in writing and professional communication.
Co-operative education is an excellent pathway to careers that may be of interest to you. It also provides you with an excellent way to:
- Determine which business or industry areas best fit your skills and strengths;
- Gain valuable work experience before graduating;
- Fund your university education;
- Develop networks and learn how to be promoted and succeed in the workplace.
Here are some examples of career opportunities and industries that greatly value the professional communication, research and analysis skills learned in an English program:
- Public Relations
- Library Science and Technology
- Public Policy Research and Analysis
- Communications and Analysis in Federal and Provincial Governments
- Technical Writing
- Consultancy and Project Management
- Information Technology
- Writing for Digital Media
- Curatorial and Archival Professions
- Human Resources
- Legal professions and Law School
- Professor of English or other Humanities Fields (via Graduate School)
- Social Work
- Marketing and Promotions
- Editing and Publishing
- Event Planning
- Public Speaking, Speech Writing
- Community Development
Did you know?
The placement rate of uOttawa English students consistently runs at nearly 100%, with students taking up positions throughout Ontario, and as far afield as Vancouver, Calgary – and even Paris, Amsterdam, and Malaga. Because of our location in the national capital, our Co-op program offers unmatched opportunities for students interested in public service careers. Recent employers of English co-op students include Bombardier, Foreign Affairs, Alcatel, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the City of Ottawa, and many more.
Applying for the English Co-op Program
When applying for regular admission to the University, you can also apply for direct admission to any Co-op program. If you have already registered at the University of Ottawa, you can apply for placement by September 30 of your second year of study. For more information about applying and eligibility requirements, please visit http://coop.uottawa.ca/en/program/english?audience=future or apply in uoZone through the Applications menu, then click on Co-op Navigator. You can also contact the Co-op office by phone at (613) 562-5741 or by e-mail at coop@uOttawa.ca.