Computer Science Co-op

Most CSCI students join the Co-op Education Program in the spring after the first year. This provides students the best opportunities to complete their degree with co-op in four years versus five years. If a third-year CSCI student is interested in completing their degree with co-op, it will take five years to complete their degree with co-op. Most Co-op Education Programs in Canada will take 4.5 to 5 years to complete. Also, there are some computer science co-op jobs that are 12-16 months in length. Students typically start the 12-16 month co-op in May after third  year. 

If a student would like to complete their degree with co-op in four years, please connect with the StFX Co-op Coordinator as soon as possible. The Co-op Coordinator and Academic Advising can assist with developing this plan. Course offerings can impact this plan.

Work Term Sequencing Options

The following co-op work term sequencing options are available for CSCI students.

four year plan join in first year alternating model

five year plan join second year internship model

five year plan join second year alternating model

Rates of Pay


Salary Range (Weekly)

min 35hrs/wk, before deductions**

How much you can make in 4 months

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 15 weeks, before deductions** 

How much you can make completing 12 months of co-op experience

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 45 weeks (15 wks/ 4 month semester),  before deductions**  

CSCI Roles $525-$1050 $7875-$15,750 $23,625-$47,250

**Allowable deductions include those required by federal or provincial law, such as taxes and employment insurance premiums. 


Potential Co-op Job Titles

  • Technical Assistant    
  • Programmer    
  • Apps Developer   
  • Security Assessment
  • Technical Support Analyst 
  • Software Support   
  • Software Developer
  • Developer Analyst
  • Informatics Assistant      
  • Technical Writer              
  • IT Specialist    
  • Field Research
  • Business App Tester    
  • Database Developer 
  • Robotics Co-op  
  • Systems Test Analyst
  • Data Analyst  
  • Gaming Programmer 
  • Quality Assurance Analyst 
  • Information Intern
  • Network Analyst       
  • Data Project Admin.   
  • Technical Support Analyst 
  • Data Science
  • Information Specialist 
  • QA Tester    
  • Web Developer 
  • Analytics Co-op


Employers who Advertised and/or Hired StFX CSCI Co-op Student

  • ACOA 
  • Bell Aliant   
  • Canada Revenue Agency  
  • Clearwater Foods 
  • Sobeys    
  • McCains   
  • HP
  • Hydro One
  • NTT Data 
  • Imperial Oil  
  • Shell Canada
  • ADP  
  • Ontario Power Generation 
  • Softchoice
  • EllisDon           
  • IBM
  • Blackberry  
  • Telus  
  • JD Irving 
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Public Service Commission  
  • Port Hawkesbury Paper    
  • SAP  
  • Statistics Canada
  • Agrium  
  • Suncor    
  • P&G  
  • Reynolds & Reynolds 
  • Rogers Communications
  • BMO Financial Group 
  • CSE                          
  • Canadian Tire Corp
  • Citco Canada       
  • PepsiCo  
  • CIBC 
  • Marine Atlantic
  • Coleman’s     
  • NS Government  
  • Deloitte 
  • TD Bank
  • Manulife  
  • CSEC 
  • Desire 2 Learn
  • HSBC   
  • Husky Energy
  • Syncrude