About Co-op Program
The Political Science Co-op program is designed to equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experience to provide you with a competitive edge in seeking employment in the federal, provincial or municipal levels of government.
Why choose a Co-op Program:
- Earn your honours degree in Political Science Co-op, or concentration in Public Administration Co-op.
- Develop skills and gain practical work experience needed to compete for jobs.
- Explore career possibilities and discover where your interests lie and the type of environment best suited to you.
- Work term placements complement the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom.
- Hone your interview and resume writing skills.
- The income earned during your work term placements can be used to offset tuition and living expenses.
- Varied work term placements ensure exposure to a number of different work environments.
- Make valuable professional contacts in your chosen field.
- Develop your communication, presentation and leadership skills.
- Enjoy the personal attention that is given in this student-centered program.
Why choose Brock University?
- Limited class enrollment ensures the appropriate time is allocated to each individual student in preparing for the transition to the workplace.
- Niagara continues to show strong economic and job growth.
- Work placements are evaluated for their academic relevance and contribution to overall skill development.
- Our co-op director will work with you one-on-one to ensure the success of your program.
Which Co-op Program is right for you?
Co-op Program in Political Science
- For those whose interests are not necessarily in public administration and policy, and have a broader interest in Canadian politics, international relations, comparative politics, and/or political theory.
Co-op Program in Public Administration
- For those who intend to study government institutions and public policy making (particularly in Canada), possibly planning future employment in the government sector.
To ensure every student of the co-op stream receives the coaching and support needed to make the transition from school to work, spaces are limited. Students applying to the program will be selected on the basis of their academic performance, skills and attributes.
Studying Political Science can be a very rewarding experience as you will not only learn about how politics shapes the world we live in, but you will also be given the opportunity to develop your analytical, research, communication and leadership skills. The academic knowledge and practical work experience earned through this program offers you the flexibility to find challenging and rewarding employment opportunities.
Students admitted to the political science or political science public administration co-op program must follow an approved program pattern. Schedules must be approved by the Co-op Director. Failure to adhere to an approved pattern may result in removal from the program. Please see the undergraduate calendar for the most up to date course requirements. http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/current/undergrad/POLI.html#sec6
Applying to the Program
You will require a minimum of 80 percent average on six Grade 12 courses, including at least one Grade 12 English. Students currently enrolled in Political Science honours may apply if they have a minimum major average of 70 percent and a minimum non-major average of 60 percent. Admission is not guaranteed by attainment of the minimum requirements.
Applications to the Political Science Co-op Program in Public Administration must be submitted to the Brock Co-op Office. Please note that admissions are not handled by the Department of Political Science faculty.