Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op Program

About PEY Co-op

The Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program is a work-integrated, degree-long learning program that helps undergraduate students gain meaningful work experiences. Students who complete the program can graduate having fulfilled the 600-hour practical experience requirement for their degree, as well as having built an extensive network and professional skills that they will leverage for years to come.

Compensation

The PEY Co-op is both paid and optional for students to participate in. During your work terms, you will earn a competitive salary, positioning yourself perfectly to negotiate a higher starting salary after graduation than those without the same quality of experience.

Overview of Program and Registration

You may register for PEY Co-op through the Engineering Career Centre (ECC), either during your application to the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering or during your studies, up to a specified date part way through your second year. There is a fee to register for PEY Co-op.

After registering, you will participate in learning modules to orient yourself to the program; develop a job search strategy; build your brand; and prepare for outreach, onboarding and workplace dynamics.

The learning modules are followed by two co-op work terms. The first is an opportunity in the summer after Year 2, for 12 to 16 weeks. The second work term lasts for 12 to 16 months and is usually done after Year 3. After this, students return to school full-time and may mentor younger students.

During PEY Co-op, the ECC maintains an open dialogue with students and employers to ensure a positive experience for all. Events and workshops are offered throughout the program and include topics such as Career Conversations with Alumni; Networking Sessions with Industry Professionals; Resume Hackathons; and Mock Interview Meet-Ups.

For more information on PEY Co-op, please visit the ECC website.

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