- Discussing career learning at U of T Scarborough.
Explore options across fields, professions and countries.
Through the Professional Experience Year program and Co-op program at U of T Scarborough, students can explore career options, gain work experience and earn income while obtaining a degree. Students apply classroom learning to practical real-world employment situations in Canada and abroad and then return to the university to integrate their experience into classroom work and original research. These formalized career learning opportunities enrich students’ education and help them secure rewarding positions after graduation.
Professional Experience Year (PEY)
The Professional Experience Year (PEY) Internship Program is the largest undergraduate paid internship program in Canada. Over 50 percent of second- and third-year Engineering students apply their knowledge in 12-16 month project-based professional internships each year. The length of the placement allows time for students to become involved in large-scale projects, build meaningful relationships with employers and achieve significant professional accomplishments before graduation.
The Faculty of Engineering, U of T Mississauga and select programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science collaborate with businesses, NGOs and other universities to organize internships around the world. For over 30 years, the PEY internship program has earned an outstanding reputation in academic and industry circles.
U of T Scarborough students can participate in one of 71 different Co-op program options. These degrees require students to complete work terms and report on their learning outcomes for credit. In the process, students explore career options, contribute to their field, build professional networks and experience new learning opportunities.
Companies such as Microsoft, RIM and Ernst & Young LLP hire U of T Co-op students for four-month work terms. Arts Management students can gain experience in the artistic sector with cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario or the National Ballet, while science students can work at pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and government ministries. Placements are expected to be as demanding as course work, and students are given support to find rewarding opportunities suited to their field.
Outside of Canada, U of T students have made a difference in nearly 70 countries working with 75 organizations through the International Development Studies Co-op program. It is one the longest-running and best recognized Co-op programs in Canada.
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