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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.

Mandatory Information Session

Students who are interested in applying for the Co-op or Internship Programs must 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.

Job Board

Browse current opportunities.

The job board is only available to students accepted into an Experiential Education program (Passport York login required).

Wania Khan

Wania Khan

Biomedical science student Wania Khan is participating in a one-year internship at Sanofi, a healthcare and pharmaceutical company, on the Bioprocess Research and Development team, where she is assisting with experiments as part of a vaccine research project.

“The most important learning skill I gained is dexterity, where I was able to take samples directly from fermenters using a syringe while also focusing on clamping and unclamping various tubes without contaminating the culture inside the fermenter promptly,” she said. “This experiential education opportunity has helped me gain new networks and friendships, i.e. working closely with scientists, technicians and other co-ops from different universities and educational backgrounds.”

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Alexandria Nelson

Alexandria Nelson

Biomedical science student Alexandria Nelson is participating in a one-year co-op placement in the quality control stability department at Sanofi. Her responsibilities include handling and managing vaccine inventory and assisting with data analysis.

“So far, my placement has been helpful in understanding what the vaccine manufacturing process is like, which has been even more insightful considering the demand for vaccines throughout the pandemic,” said Nelson. “I’ve also enjoyed getting to know my co-workers and how their career paths have unfolded. I’ve learned that my journey may not be linear, but there will always be opportunities for growth in whatever I choose to pursue.”

Yibin Zheng

Yibin Zheng

Statistics student Yibin Zheng is participating in a research internship in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. As a research intern, he is responsible for using the Bayesian statistics theory to work with R, a programming language, and help solve statistical problems.

“During this internship, I have enhanced my ability to collaborate with others as a team, such as organizing and distributing research chapters, and conducting discussions,” he said. “I believe this will be very helpful for my future career.”

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

Yifei Li
Experiential Education Coordinator

Christian Figueroa
Experiential Education Assistant

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Feel free to reach out to our Experiential Education email address with any general questions or concerns about our program! You may also schedule on-phone, zoom, or in-person appointments with our team.

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