Undergraduate Co-op Program Information Brochure

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FROM CLASSROOM TO REAL WORLD. Undergraduate Co-op Program Information


CO-OP The path to a successful career starts in one of Canada’s most diverse co-op programs. Co-op at Brock gives you the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations. Our students test their skills daily, gaining experience and an edge in a global economy. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to be among the select 15% of Brock students who rise to the challenge and earn their competitive advantage! Co-op experiences at Brock are a hands-on, high-quality educational opportunity designed to provide you exposure to real-world employment environments.

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BENEFITS OF CO-OP Structured Co-op career programming will allow you to explore career possibilities, discover your interests, gain new skills and build upon existing competencies, all while developing key industry contacts. The work term experience will enrich your studies through the reciprocal application of concepts and skills learned in class and during your work terms, while developing long-term workplace efficacy. This invaluable experience will increase your marketability and give you the competitive advantage you’ll need to launch your career.

CHALLENGING AND RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Every co-op position is evaluated for academic relevance and meaningful work to ensure the best environment to learn and develop your skills. Through the mandatory professional preparation course, you can expect to learn about the industry sectors related to your degree program. 2

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CO-OP AT A GLANCE

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OF RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE.

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CO-OP PROGRAMS

OFFERED AT BROCK.

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80%

OF EMPLOYERS SAY CO-OP STUDENTS ARE POTENTIAL FUTURE EMPLOYEES.*

What you need to be successful in Co-op

“THE BIG FIVE”

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1. Curiosity – Do you demonstrate curiosity in your life? 2. Persistence – Do you keep moving towards your goals, even when faced with obstacles and/or barriers? 3. Flexibility – Are you willing and open to consider opportunities outside your “ideal” situation? 4. Optimism – Do you have a positive attitude and approach to change?

15%

OF FULL-TIME BROCK STUDENTS ARE CO-OP STUDENTS.

5. Risk Taking – Are you willing to take manageable risks? *

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MONEY MATTERS Undergraduate co-op students are required to complete a minimum of three four-month co-op work terms to graduate with the co-op degree, along with the mandatory professional preparation course.

REMUNERATION FOR YOUR WORK TERM Typically, work terms are paid employment experiences. The remuneration you receive will depend on a variety of factors, including: • Your level of relevant experience • Your year and program of study • The type, size and location of the organization you are working for For a detailed salary survey by program, please visit brocku.ca/co-op

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ADMINISTRATIVE FEES* FEES Entry fee

$800

Professional Preparation Course

$775

Work terms (per term)

Applicable half credit fee

*All Co-op fees are non-refundable and subject to change.

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FACULTY OF APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES Public Health

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SAMPLE EMPLOYER PARTNERS: • Canadian Mental Health Association

• Brock University

• Project Share

• Canada Food Inspection Agency

• Niagara Region Public Health

• Entomogen Inc

• Hamilton Health Sciences

• Pestalto Environental Health Services

• Princess Margaret Hospital

“ My experiential learning at Brock has been exceptional! Working for Hospice Niagara, I was able to strengthen my communication, networking, and teamwork skills. I learned how to communicate professionally with different stakeholders, hone my social media and advertising skills, and work collaboratively and efficiently with others.” Veronica Jandricic Public Health Co-op student

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FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

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“ Advice for future co-op students would be to start early and network. If you have an idea of where you want to work, make time to visit them and get to know what they do. The connection will mean they know some of you before the application process. Applying earlier in the term would be beneficial and remove unnecessary stress by putting it off until the last two months, like I did.” Will Durward History Co-op student

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SAMPLE EMPLOYER PARTNERS: • 4th Line Theatre

• Morro Images

• Big Brothers Big Sisters

• Music Niagara

• Carousel Players

• Niagara Falls Museum

• City of St. Catharines

• Parks Canada

• Creative Bytes Studios

• Royal Tyrell Museum

• Essential Collective Theatre

• The Foster Festival

• Golf Canada

• The Shaw Festival Theatre

• Government of Ontario (Ontario Public Service)

• Thousand Islands Playhouse

• Laura Secord Homestead

• Young People’s Theatre

• Lincoln and Welland Regiment Museum

“ Participation in workshops such as networking events and panel discussions helped a great deal because I learned how to interact with future employers whether it be during an interview or working on the job officially. I recall very clearly a panelist that discussed how important it is to come into an interview with questions prepared and I have carried that into work with me when I began my first shift, and it has proven to be quite beneficial.” Holly Hebert Dramatic Arts Co-op student

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FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biological Sciences Chemistry

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Computing and Network Communications

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Computing and SolidState Device Technology

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Earth Sciences, Environmental Geoscience

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Statistics

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Neuroscience

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Oenology & Viticulture

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Certificate in Grape and Wine Technology

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“ The Brock University Co-op program has allowed me to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace. While working as a Data Scientist for the Ministry of Transportation, I have been exposed to a range of projects, allowing me to develop new technical skills. 0N90 has provided me with valuable job search knowledge that helped me to secure my first co-op term with such a great employer. Overall, I am thrilled with the co-op experience I have had so far, and am looking forward to my future placements and the opportunities they will bring.” Bradley Klassen Statistics Co-op student 13


Physics

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“The co-op program has allowed me to develop myself as a person and build a professional network to set me up for success in the workforce. I achieved a high level of academic performance, and recognition on the Dean’s Honours List in all three years already completed. My experience in RBC Amplify in my last co-op term was the most challenging, but also the most rewarding experience of my life. Being able to get into such a competitive program, but then also to win in the program, was an incredible experience for which I am very grateful. This has allowed me to secure full-time work following graduation. I hope that my co-op and academic accomplishments can be leveraged to make Brock University–and Brock’s Co-op program in particular–even more widely recognized.” Joel Gritter BSc Computer Science Honours Co-op with a Minor in Business

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SAMPLE EMPLOYER PARTNERS: • Advonex International Corporation

• Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery

• AIG Canada

• Hydro One

• Agricultures and Agri-Food Canada

• John Deere

• Arterra Wines Canada

• L-3 Communications Wescam

• Back 10 Cellars

• Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

• Blackberry

• Nature Conservancy Canada

• BMO

• Norgen BioTek Corp

• Calamus Estate Winery

• Ontario Ministry of Transportation

• Canada Border Services Agency

• Pestalto Environmental Health Services

• Canadian Cancer Society

• Pillitteri Estates Winery

• Canada Food Inspection Agency

• Public Health Agency of Canada

• Canadian Hydrographic Service

• rel8ted.to

• Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

• Rosewood Estates Winery

• Canadian Tire Corporation

• Sanofi Pasteur Limited

• Entomogen Inc.

• Sun Life Financial

• Environment and Climate Change Canada

• STEM Camp

• Government of Ontario

• The Co-operators

• Health Canada

• Tornado Medical Systems

“My Brock Co-op experience was the most valuable takeaway from my Biotechnology degree at Brock. With the help of Brock’s Co-op staff, I was able to find placements that provided me with relevant hands on experience in laboratories which I would not have been exposed to in a teaching laboratory, and I was also provided with experiences that allowed me to grow my network with potential employers for after graduation.” Nicolas Sardella BSc Biotechnology Honours Co-op

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FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

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Business Economics, Economics

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Geography (BA and BSc offered)

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Labour Studies

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Political Science

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“ Co-op is a very useful opportunity because you are put in different situations where you are learning and becoming familiar with the industry. At the same time, you are still ‘allowed’ or even ‘expected’ to ask questions and make mistakes. Your employer does not expect you to come into your first work term and understand every concept and what every aspect of the industry is all about. You are encouraged to ask questions in order to grow, learn, and progress through your career.” Jillian Walters Geography Co-op student

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Psychology (BA with Major)

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Psychology (Honours)

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Sociology (Honours)

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Tourism Management

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“ Being in co-op has allowed me to learn about myself, refine my skills, and begin down a career path in a field I hadn’t considered before. Both of my work terms in communications roles gave me experience in social media management and content creation, writing and designing professional reports, and they gave me experience in professional settings that would have never been available to me otherwise. Additionally, the co-op office’s various offerings, including networking events, resume reviews, and mock job interviews, provided me invaluable professional development opportunities that set me up for success.” Noah Nickel BA Political Science Honours Co-op

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SAMPLE EMPLOYER PARTNERS: • Apotex

• Ministry of Transportation

• Autism Canada

• Niagara Parks Commission

• Banff Jasper Collection

• Niagara Region

• Bethesda

• Ontario Power Generation

• Brock University Students’ Union

• Pathstone Mental Health

• Child and Family Health

• Royal Botanical Gardens

• Community Living

• Scotia Bank

• Diabetes Canada

• Society of United Professionals

• Digital Attractions Inc.

• Stelco

• Distress Centre Niagara

• Statistics Canada

• Employment and Social Development Canada

• State Farm Insurance

• Fall Avenue Resort

• The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

• General Motors of Canada

• Toronto Hydro

• Government of Canada

• Town of Lincoln

• Government of Ontario (Ontario Public Service)

• Treasury Board Secretariat

• Indigenous and Northern Affairs

• UNIFOR

• Mercedes-Benz Financial

• YMCA of Niagara

• Meridian Credit Union

“ Seeing the different jobs available helped me to realize how much I liked working in an environmental setting and to figure out which master’s program I would need to complete to make that possible. Co-op helped me to figure out where I wanted to go and how to get there even when the world was changing.” Michelle Pearce Geography Co-op Alum

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GOODMAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Accounting (CPA Stream)

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Business Administration

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“ Brock’s Co-op Program was directly responsible for helping me find full-time employment. Not only did it introduce me to people who accelerated my career, it gave me the opportunity to learn from numerous managers and try different things. When I joined the workforce I was already ahead of my non co-op colleagues.” Jack Berec Business Administration Honours Finance Stream Co-op 21


Business Administration International Dual Degree (European Business School)

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Business Administration International Dual Degree (Dublin City University)

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Business Administration International Dual Degree (Reutlingen University)

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“ Co-op has been a truly transformative experience which allowed me to broaden my skillset, expand my network and grow professionally. My advice to future Co-op students is to apply early and focus on making meaningful connections!” Diana Opera Business Administrative Dual Degree Co-op

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SAMPLE EMPLOYER PARTNERS: • BDO Canada LLP

• Kinectrics

• Baker Tilly

• KPMG LLP

• Blackberry

• Loblaw Companies

• Canadian Tire Financial Services

• Mercedes Benx Financial Services

• Canada Revenue Agency

• Meridian Credit Union

• CIBC

• MNP LLP

• Deliotte Canada

• Ontario Power Generation

• Desjardins

• Ontario Public Service

• Durward Jones Barkwell and Company LLP

• PepsiCo

• Earnest & Young LLP

• PwC

• EY

• RBC

• FedEx

• Soctiabank

• General Motors of Canada

• Taylor Leibow LLP

• Hydro One Inc.

• Vistaprint

• IBM Canada

• WMKL

“ Co-op has given me real-life work experience in a firm that I can build a career in. Co-op gives students opportunities that hard to find on your own. For example, a co-op at a big 4 accounting firm is difficult to get out of school with no experience and you start at the bottom as opposed to having experience under your belt and then starting at a firm. Co-op gives you an advantage that you understand the industry. I know that there are many summer opportunities for students and internships offered, but co-op is a foolproof way of solidifying a career.” Monica Upadhyay Accounting Co-op student

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