As one of the leaders in the development of co-operative education in Canada, Fanshawe College offers over 50 co-op programs, more than any other college in Canada. Cooperative education is a process that formally integrates academic study with paid, related work experience. When you graduate you will receive a co-op endorsed diploma to differentiate your credentials.

The School of Information Technology offers three mandatory co-op programs: Computer Programmer Analyst, Computer Systems Technology, and Office Administration - Executive. In addition there is an optional co-op component to the Law Clerk program. It is important to note that co-op placements are not guaranteed nor is it the sole responsibility of Fanshawe College to find co-op placements.

Student benefits:

  • Apply the knowledge learned in classroom to work situations;
  • Gain valuable and professional work experience;
  • Gain career knowledge and self-confidence by exploring career opportunities in an environment that will help confirm your career choice;
  • Earn while you learn. Co-op is paid, full-time, productive employment;
  • Establish contacts with employers - many graduates of co-op programs find full-time employment with their co-op sponsor;
  • Develop job search, interview and communication skills;
  • Learn valuable life skills through real work experiences;
  • Opportunity to live in a different geographic location on a trial basis; 
  • Opportunity to evaluate a variety of employment sectors (e.g. government, manufacturing, financial, retail, small business, etc.).

Student responsibilities:

  • Attend scheduled co-op classes
  • Be academically eligible for co-op at the time of job postings
  • Meet deadlines for resume submission, applying to jobs and interviews
  • Conduct your own co-op search

Student resources:

  • Employment preparation courses
  • Job search counseling
  • Access to on-line job postings
  • Employer networking
  • Interview techniques
  • Co-op Consultant is available to assist you