Co-operative Education

Our co-op education students are enthusiastic, willing to learn and keen to contribute to your organization. Co-op students can offer fresh perspectives, assist you with new or difficult to get to projects and be a cost-effective and low-risk means of recruiting and evaluating potential permanent hires.

Co-operative education combines classroom studies with practical work experience outside the university environment. The idea is based on the principle that learning is greatly enhanced when the concepts presented in the classroom are periodically applied, tested, and observed by students in meaningful work situations.

Employers may hire UPEI co-operative education students from the Faculty of Business, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Arts.

Students are available for 14- to 16-week work terms (full-time), hiring periods are as follows:

Work Term Working Months Job postings start in
Winter January to April September
Summer May to August January
Fall September to December June

Special permission may also be granted for a part-time student work term, where students work a total of 32 weeks, falling within two of the above periods linking back to back.

We make hiring a great student easy and will help you through the process.

“It’s all part of supporting the next generation of workers”

UPEI students Vidya Singh and Rabie Al Mialeh working in a laboratory
UPEI student Rabie Al Mialeh
UPEI student Vidya Singh
Success Story
UPEI students Vidya Singh and Rabie Al Mialeh working in a laboratory

Island Abbey Foods reflects on its “overwhelmingly positive” relationship with UPEI Co-operative Education.


Salary guidelines 

Co-op employers are expected to pay students for the work that is completed. It is recommended that employers offer students a salary that is consistent with their organizational salary structure. The tables below will provide you with a good indication of the hourly salary ranges students receive in each program. It is recognized that each employer will have their own salary scale and that some jobs will be above or below our range.

Other costs to employers may include: MERC Costs.


  • 1st Work Term: $16–$20
  • 2nd Work Term: $17–$20
  • 3rd Work Term: $18–$21

Mathematical and Computational Sciences

  • 1st Work Term: $17–$22
  • 2nd Work Term: $17–$23
  • 3rd Work Term: $18–$25


  • 1st Work Term: $16–$20
  • 2nd Work Term: $17–$20
  • 3rd Work Term: $17–$20


Co-op students are available from these programs, depending on the work term.


  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality


  • Actuarial Science
  • Analytics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Financial Math
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Video Game Programming


  • Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture 
  • Economics