The political science co-operative program provides an opportunity for students to obtain relevant full-time employment experience in fields related to political science, such as government, advocacy groups, or political parties. Students apply their academic knowledge to practical situations. Work terms usually begin after the student has completed four academic terms, including the following subject areas:
Students have opportunities to work with a variety of employers for their work terms, including: federal, provincial and municipal government; elected officials and political parties; advocacy groups and non-profit organizations; labour organizations; and legal and legislative bodies.
There are up to four components in each work term evaluation. Such components include: the preparation of a written assignment such as a briefing note and/or cabinet paper of a topical issue relevant to the student’s placement, on-the-job performance, and substantive reflective essay.