Explore Your Passion

Co-op For Change

One student receives a $3000 award to pursue a program-specific co-op position in a voluntary or non-profit organization. This award covers your co-op fees with some left over as a stipend during your 4-month work-term. Approach an organization and create your own volunteer co-op position OR Secure an existing co-op position in the non-profit or voluntary sector.

Why Co-op For Change?

Meaningful Outreach | International Networking | Community Awareness | Global Citizenship


Work within Canada in the volunteer or non-profit sector


Travel abroad to work with a team on a variety of humanitarian and engineering-related projects

Aboriginal Community

Work with associations directly run by or designed for members of the Aboriginal community

Diaspora Experience

Give back to the community in the country or region of your heritage

Try these organizations:

CUSO International

Cuso International works to reduce poverty by creating sustainable livelihoods; eliminate disadvantage by improving access to education and healthcare; and combat inequality by empowering people and communities. There are 2 types of volunteering of interest to co-op students:

  • Cuso International volunteering allows you to travel to Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Caribbean to Work with your team on community, health and livelihood projects. International placements range from six months to 24 months.
  • Cuso Diaspora volunteering allows you to help people in the country or region of your heritage. Their approach involves engaging diaspora communities in North America to work collaboratively with partner organizations in their countries of origin.

Engineers Without Borders

  • There is a York University Chapter led by one of our students
  • Hires students from time to time for fellowships


The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, Association sans but lucratif (non-profit association), commonly known as IAESTE A.s.b.l. is an association of national committees representing academic, industrial and student interests. IAESTE hires undergraduate students year-round for international volunteering and employment opportunities for related experience.