Co-operative education is a paid work integrated learning opportunity, allowing you to combine your academic studies with practical experience by alternating periods of full-time study with full-time paid work.

Your co-op designation demonstrates that you have a combination of academic training and relevant work experience to successfully transition into employment.

Employers across Canada recognize the quality of your co-op training and experience. North Island College Co-operative Education programs are accredited by both national and provincial governing bodies. This provides you the opportunity to transfer your co-op credits to another institution if you plan to continue your studies within the same field at another institution that offers co-op.

Studies show that co-op students have an advantage after graduation with higher employability rates and are more likely to pay off their student loans in two years compared to peers that did not participate in co-op.

NIC’s co-op programs are accredited with Co-Operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL).

NIC business and tourism and hospitality students are eligible to participate in co-op. Students must complete the Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar (EMP-100) prior to their co-op term. Co-op programs are available in:

Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and Business Administration diploma and the Tourism & Hospitality programs.

With a business degree, the world’s your oyster. It gives you freedom to do all sorts of things. It’s very versatile. I was really lucky to find a human resources co-op. I remember after my first day, driving home, thinking, this job is going to change me. It’s going to stretch me.
Sheldon Falk
NIC Business Administration degree student, general management
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