TRU Science

Co-op Program

Thompson Rivers University gives significant importance to co-operative education. Co-op is an academic program that blends on-campus learning with practical applied learning.

Co-operative education is a requirement of the degree. Co-op provides paid and relevant work experience, allowing you to apply theory learned in the classroom, explore interests related to the field of study and advance skills as a professional while strengthening your resumé.

Co-op placements are within professional industry, non-profit, private business and public sector organizations. This work-focused program aims to fulfil the needs of the regional skilled labour market and to establish strong collaborations with the regional and national high tech industries.

  • In the fourth year of study in the program, students are required to complete two mandatory co-op work terms.
  • Although during the first three years when students are required to complete the study terms in fall and winter, summer terms are reserved for the students for optional co-op placements.
  • Mandatory co-op provides graduates with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as a paid employee in the industry before graduation.
  • This allows students to learn valuable career skills and have opportunities to test-drive the wide variety of career options in software engineering.