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.

The University of Prince Edward Island offers co-operative education students from the Faculty of Business and Faculty of Science.

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

  • Winter: January–April
  • Summer: May–August
  • Fall: September–December

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.

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: $15–$17
  • 2nd Work Term: $15–$18
  • 3rd Work Term: $16–$19

Math and Computational Sciences

  • 1st Work Term: $16–$18
  • 2nd Work Term: $17–$19
  • 3rd Work Term: $17–$20


  • 1st Work Term: $15–$17
  • 2nd Work Term: $15–$18
  • 3rd Work Term: $16–$19