Post-Secondary CO-OP/Internship Program - Academic Institutions and Students

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As one of the largest employers, the Government of Canada has thousands of opportunities over 100 federal government organizations every year. We have what students need to become more employable in their field of study. This is an opportunity for students to build Canada’s future by contributing to the renewal of the public service.

The partnership between the employer, the academic institution and the student is a key element of the Post-secondary CO-OP/Internship Program.

Student eligibility criteria


The student must be a full-time student registered in a post-secondary CO-OP/internship program where the work experience is mandatory for graduation


The post-secondary CO-OP/internship program must be found in the list of validated academic institutions and post-secondary programs


The student must meet the minimum age requirement in the province of work


  • In keeping with section 4 of the Student Employment Programs Participants Regulations, preference must be given to students who are Canadian citizens, who have not previously been appointed to the public service under a student employment program and who meet the qualifications for the work to be performed
  • Proof of full-time status will be required.
  • The duration of the CO-OP/internship assignment is determined by the student’s academic institution.
  • Work term is paid unless the student’s academic credit program precludes payment of a salary under section 5.4 of the Student Employment Policy.

Find out if your post-secondary academic institution is in our database

The Public Service Commission of Canada administers and publishes the list of validated post-secondary academic institutions and programs.

Post-secondary academic institutions that wish to have their program(s) added or modified are invited to contact us by email via the following address:

How to apply

Please contact the academic institution CO-OP/internship program coordinator to find out more about CO-OP/internship work assignment opportunities. You cannot apply for a CO-OP/internship work placement on this website.

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