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Experiential Education

Experiential Education (EE) gives students the opportunity to apply theories learned in the classroom to concrete experiences. These experiences can occur within a course, community, or work/professional setting. The goal of EE is to deepen the learning objectives of a course or program, allowing students to better retain their knowledge of new concepts and be better prepared for life after graduation.

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Co-op Program

The Co-op Program provides students in specific programs with an opportunity to integrate their classroom learning with hands-on work experiences. Students will typically alternate between periods of work and periods of study.

Internship Program

The Internship Program offers students opportunities to apply their classroom learning in a work environment and explore potential career options. Students can work consecutively for a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 16 months.

Information Session

Students who are interested in applying for the Co-op or Internship Programs are encouraged to attend an information session before submitting their application.

Employers: Why choose our students?

Learn about the benefits of hiring our students, the differences between the Co-op and Internship Programs, the process to get started, and more.

Upcoming Events and Resources

Access resources for resume and cover letter support, help with interview prep, and learn about upcoming events, workshops, and our online community.

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The job board is only available to students accepted into a Co-op program (Passport York login required).


Paths to Experiential Education

Students will engage in Classroom EE through group work, labs, field trips, field courses, case studies, guest speakers, and more.

There are also many ways for students to participate in research opportunities through research practicum courses, Research at York (RAY), Capstone Project Courses, NSERC USRA Research Awards, and Dean Undergraduate Research Awards.

Students can engage in Community EE by participating in research projects, volunteering, networking, or becoming peer mentors. Some programs also offer international research experiences.

Co-op is available for full-time students with at least 9 credits remaining before they enter their work term, in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Biology, and Environmental Science.

Internships are available for full-time students with at least 9 credits remaining before they enter their work term, in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biophysics, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics for Education, Mathematics and Statistics.

Both co-ops and internships are paid, full-time work experiences.

York Capstone Network (YCN) is a faculty-driven initiative to provide an unique, cross-faculty capstone experience for students. C4 (Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom) brings together third- and fourth-year students from across the university to work together in multi-disciplinary teams on pressing, “real-world” challenges posed by organizations operating in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds.

To learn more about YCN and C4 opportunities, please visit our website

Get involved by emailing to join the mailing list and to learn about the next Capstone Café.

Meet Our Team

Joseph Cesario
Recruitment and Job Search Coordinator

Freda Liu
Experiential Learning Community and Workplace Coordinator

Eva Hughes
Assistant Dean, Strategic Enrolment Management and Science Engagement Programs

Contact Us

Feel free to reach out to our team with any general questions or concerns about our program!

For any co-op related questions please email

For any internship related questions please email