STUDENT FAQ

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How can I contact Lassonde Co-op/Internship?

For general co-op/internship questions, appointments, or concerns, contact Workplace Learning Coordinator Delnaz at

📧 lsecoop@lassonde.yorku.ca | 📞 416.736.2100 x 44055

When are Co-op drop-in hours?

For the most up-to-date drop-in schedule, how to prepare for a drop-in session, and upcoming events,  visit the Drop-ins page.

What is a Workplace Learning Coordinator?

The Lassonde Co-op/Internships team has 3 coordinators who play a big role in ensuring your Co-op experience runs as smoothly as possible. They act as a liaison between you and your employer, meet with you one-on-one to guide you through the entire process, conduct regular site visits, and develop new co-op opportunities for you to take advantage of.

I was recently declined to participate in the Co-op/Internship Program, but I know I meet the requirements. Can I find out why?

Attend our Co-op drop-in hours for eligibility re-assessment or to have your questions about your status answered.

I have been exited out of the co-op/internship program OR I am no longer eligible for the program OR I am graduating. I still want to find relevant work. What can I do?

York University’s Career Centre offers career exploration and job search support to all York University students. We strongly encourage the following:

  • To learn about the variety of supports and services available to students and new graduates (up to 2 years after graduation), visit here
  • Want to chat with someone? Drop by their Career Lounge to chat with a Peer Advisor and get advice
  • Book a Job Search Advising Appointment with a Career Professional to discuss your options of finding work outside of the co-op/internship program
  • Are you having difficulty deciding on a career path? Are you unsure how your degree may relate to your future career? Do you feel challenged moving forward with your career exploration? Book a Career Counselling Appointment with a Career Counselor

Prospective Co-op/Internship students

What is the difference between Co-op and Internship?

Co-op is available after your second year and consists of 2 work-terms separated by at least one study term. Co-op is available for students in the following programs:

Civil Engineering ‧ Computer Engineering ‧ Electrical Engineering ‧ Geomatics Engineering ‧ Mechanical Engineering ‧ Software Engineering ‧ Space Engineering ‧ Earth & Atmospheric Science.

*As of Summer 2020, the co-op option will be available for Computer Science and Computer Security students. Visit here for eligibility requirements.

Internships are available after your third year and consist of one work period. Internships are available for students in the following programs:

Computer Science ‧ Computer Security ‧ Digital Media

*Provided you meet all other requirements, you can use your co-op or internship experience hours toward P.Eng and other designations. Upon completion of the co-op program you will receive a co-op designation.

Am I still a full-time student during a work-term?

While on a work term you maintain your Active Student status. If you require a verification letter of status, please contact the Lassonde Co-op/Internship team to request a letter.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of work terms I can do?

Co-op students are required to complete 2 blocks of work for a minimum total of 12 months. The maximum total number of months over both periods is 20 months.

Will participating in this program delay my graduation?

Participating in the co-op/internship program will extend your graduation. Applied experience outside the classroom is heavily emphasized for engineering and computer science students. Many employers will require new graduates have previous co-op or internship experience as one of their entry-level requirements. Upon graduation, you can expect to compete for recent grad opportunities with graduates who have completed an average of 12 months co-op/internship.

Engineering students wishing to apply for professional engineering license are eligible to receive credit of up to 12 months for engineering experience acquired before graduation toward the required 48 months of work experience for licensing. See peo.on.ca for more details.

If I find my own Co-op or Internship position, do I still have to pay the co-op fees?

In order to graduate from York University with a Co-op Designation, you must be enrolled in our co-op program. Co-op fees are like membership dues and give you access to numerous services. These fees are mandatory regardless of how you go about finding a position. See here for more details on finding and securing positions.

Students with disabilities:

The Co-op/Internship team is committed to supporting the employment needs of students with disabilities. If you would like to discuss strategies for success in your co-op experience, contact your Co-op/Internship Coordinator. We would be happy to assist you in discussing your questions or any accommodations you may need.

If you have a learning disability, mental health disability, or physical, sensory or medical disability, we encourage you to register as soon as possible with York University’s Student Accessibility Services (SAS). SAS can help to identify reasonable adjustments in an academic setting and can provide guidance for accommodations in the workplace.

International students

As a non-Canadian, can I still do co-op?

Absolutely! International students are welcome to participate in the Lassonde Co-op/Internship Program. Upon acceptance into the program you must obtain a Co-op Work Permit. It takes approximately 3 – 4 months to receive a decision from the CIC. You cannot access the job board without an approved Co-op Work Permit from the CIC. We’ve outlined your process and resources here but if you have more questions feel free to contact us.

When should I apply for the Co-op Work Permit?

As soon as you have successfully completed all requirements, registered and been accepted into the Lassonde Co-op/Internships program, you should apply for the Co-op Work Permit.

You should also obtain a work-permit letter from the program to submit along with your application. If you need further information and assistance regarding work permits, please contact the Off Campus Work Program Assistant at York International.

What is the processing time for my Co-op Work Permit?

Government of Canada processing times change daily. You can check their processing times here. Your processing times are obtained by selecting “Temporary Residence” and “work permit extension(new employer)” on the page.

I am applying for the Internship program, do I still need a Co-op Work Permit?

Yes, the same rules and requirements apply. If you need further information and assistance regarding work permits, please contact the Off Campus Work Program Assistant at York International.

I have an Off-Campus Work Permit, can I use it to apply for co-op or internship positions?

No, students are required to obtain a Co-op Work Permit in order to participate in the Lassonde Co-op/Internships program. If you need further information and assistance regarding work permits, please contact the Off Campus Work Program Assistant at York International.

Searching and securing

Does the job have to be in my field of study?

Your job must meet ALL criteria for a co-op position as outlined by CEWIL. You should pursue any roles for which you can demonstrate your qualifications based on their requirements. However, you must be engaged in related, productive work in order to work in the role. As a Lassonde student, roles may include programming or development positions, designing or field work positions, research roles, to name a few examples (although there are many, many more opportunities in this field).

YES NO
Software Developer Data Entry
Risk Management Social Media Management
Technical Writer Administrative positions (jobs including administrative duties are acceptable as long as they meet all other criteria)
Linear Infrastructure Intern Sales/Retail/Customer Service
Grid Systems & Optimization Market Research
Telecom Engineering Call Centres

What if I can’t find a job?

If you were expected to find a position for the upcoming work term and were unable to secure one, don’t worry. It happens to the best of us.

You aren’t guaranteed a job for your desired work term. Students may be eligible for a deferral if they are unsuccessful with securing a co-op position provided that you can demonstrate that you:

  • Have actively applied to 20% of job postings
  • Maintained communication with the co-op office
  • Actively pursued independent job searches

If approved, your work-term will be deferred to the next available work term.

I was recently approved to participate in the Co-op/Internship program in the past, but I can’t access the job board.

Every term we re-assess each student has been accepted in the program to ensure they have maintained and meet the eligibility requirements. Students who maintain their eligibility will be granted access to the job board when it opens at the start of each term.

If you are an engineering co-op student who was admitted into the program in Winter for a Summer co-op, the co-op team will connect with you in late December/early January regarding your options.

Students on a work term

I submitted my Supervisor evaluation and Work Term report. Can you verify that it was received?

You can confirm submission of your documents through your Lassonde Co-op/Internship profile:

  1. Login to your account
  2. Under the “Co-op” tab, find your current work term (e.g. “Winter 2019“)
  3. Click the company name and scroll down to the square section on the left that shows co-op requirements.
  4. Each label (e.g. “Work Term details“) is accompanied by a status statement such as pending, approved, no record

Following any of these links will show the corresponding document you have submitted.

Can I take courses during a work term?

The Lassonde Co-op program allows students to take a maximum of one course per term, up to 3 credits, by permission only. The course should not interfere with regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.  If you would like to request permission to take one course, please submit the following details to lsecoop@lassonde.yorku.ca

  1. Your full name
  2. Student number
  3. Complete course name e.g. “LE/COOP 2100 2.00 Professional Development for Co-op Students”
  4. Catalogue Number e.g. “E05g01”
  5. Course type: on-line, weekends, evenings
  6. Class date and start time

I don’t want to do co-op anymore. What do I do?

Co-op is an exciting experience, but our lives are ruled by so many other factors and unexpected things may come up. You have a few options to consider to move forward:

  • You can discuss solutions or alternatives with one of our Coordinators
  • You can contact us and let us know that you are no longer interested in participating in the Co-op/Internships program
  • You can consider other assistance that the university provides free of charge (including counselling services, career advising, academic assistance & tutoring, financial assistance, note-taking services, etc.)