Experiential learning

Get hands on!

All of our undergraduate programs offer some form of experiential learning, allowing you to apply your education and skills to the industry.

Engineering co-op and internships

What are the benefits?

  • 300+ industry and community partners to help you strengthen your resumé.
  • Access to real-time coaching and feedback.
  • Enhance your skills and gain valuable networking opportunities.
  • If applicable to your program, earn money while you earn credits.

Learn more about internships and co-ops

Let's hear it from them...

Kevin Yardy

Kevin Yardy

Networking and Information Technology Security
IBM

Between Year 3 and 4, I completed a 16-month paid internship at IBM as a Network Support Specialist. Going into it, I felt fully prepared because of the three years of school knowledge I had already gained. IBM’s internship program is truly outstanding—from the day-to-day job, to building and creating new relationships with other interns. I felt career- ready by gaining real-world experiences with cutting-edge technologies. The most rewarding part was being offered a contract extension for another eight months, which I happily accepted. Currently I am working as a Consultant with Quick Intelligence.

Sarah Whibbs

Sarah Whibbs

Education – Intermediate/Senior
Durham District School Board

My first practicum placement was in a Grade 8 classroom with a wonderful associate; the connections I made with my students are indescribable. My next placement was in a high school. My teachable subjects are Physical Education and General Science, therefore, I contributed to Grade 10 science classes. For my last placement, I am looking forward to seeing what is in store; I will likely be placed in either a Grade 7 or 8 classroom, as I believe my true passion lies with intermediate students. I cannot wait to become a full-time teacher with my own students.

Ajevan Mahadaya

Ajevan Mahadaya

Computer Science
Department of National Defence | CIBC

The summer between Year 2 and 3, I went on a four-month co-op placement as an Aviation Operations Administrator with the Department of National Defence; following Year 3, I returned to in-class instruction. During this time, I accepted a 12-month, paid co-op with CIBC as an Application Developer in the Technology and Operations Department, in which I could really put my Computer Science degree into practice. After eight months, I applied for a new role with CIBC and was able to extend my placement into 16 months as a Technological Analyst. I returned for my final year of in-class instruction and graduated with many different work-term experiences and, best of all, a job offer at CIBC.

Riley Spigarelli

Riley Spigarelli

Criminology and Justice
DRIVEN – Victim Services of Durham Region

In Year 4, I completed a practicum. I knew going in that I had a passion for gender-based violence, so I joined DRIVEN—an agency that supports women experiencing all forms of abuse. This experience affirmed my passion and desire to build a career in the social services sector. Following this, I was hired on as the Program Manager and began working towards my career. Today, I am the Student and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Victim Services of Durham Region, and I wake up every day to a job I love.

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