The Co-op Advantage at the John Molson School of Business
Did you know that as a grad student, you can participate in paid internships to boost your resumé and earn money?
A question that many students will consider at some point in their education is, “should I do co-op?” However, when most people think of co-op, they picture an undergraduate degree. But, did you know you can also take advantage of a co-op program in business school? At Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, you could complete a full-time paid internship during your program. Check out your options for internships as a grad student at the John Molson School of Business (JMSB).
At Concordia, the phrase “co-op” and “internships” are used interchangeably. But, if you’re not sure what a co-op/internship would actually look like, here’s what you can expect at JMSB:
- A paid, full-time position (minimum 35 hours each week) that is relevant to your program of study
- You’ll start your internship in either September, January, or May
- Your internship will last between 12 to 17 weeks
Programs available for co-op
Not all programs in the JMSB are eligible for the co-op program. So, if this type of experience is important to you, make sure you check that the program you want has the option for co-op. If you’re in the following programs, you have the opportunity to add an internship to your education:
While these programs are eligible for co-op placements, you must apply for grad co-op through the Institute for Co-Operative Education separately and meet the requirements. Keep in mind that applying for grad co-op is a competitive process, and meeting the minimum requirements doesn’t guarantee acceptance into the grad co-op program.
The MBA co-op special feature: CEO shadowing
The MBA co-op education program allows you to participate in paid internships in Canada, the US, or abroad, for one semester. That already is a great opportunity, but the MBA program takes it one step further and offers an extra special feature of co-op that you can take advantage of — CEO shadowing.
Unique to the JMSB, CEO shadowing is the opportunity to follow around and learn from a top executive! With this feature, you’ll have a paid internship for up to 15 weeks where you’ll work alongside the CEO of a small or medium-sized company. This special feature is open to both full-time and part-time MBA students!
Benefits of co-op
So, now that you know what internship opportunities are available for a student in the JMSB, discover the top four benefits to participating in the graduate co-op program:
- Gain real-world experience as you complete your academic studies without adding time to your degree length
- Build your professional network through your internship, specialized workshops, and networking events
- Earn academic recognition on your transcript for completing work experience in your field of study
- Acquire valuable experience in the Canadian labour market
Internships act as a bridge between school and the workplace, providing you with opportunities to gain meaningful work experience before beginning your career. So, if you’re interested in participating in an internship while you study at the John Molson School of Business, then get started and learn more about the application process.
Learn more about co-op at JMSB