Gain industry work experience Learn new skills and cultivate professional work experience. Build an impressive resume. Build your career network Gather valuable employment contacts advantageous to future permanent employment opportunities. Earn money while you build skills Help pay for your education, or that backpacking trip you've always wanted to take! Apply your classroom studies to real-life projects Integrate learning in the classroom with related work experience and put yourself one step ahead of your peers. Explore your career options Become more aware of specializations in your area, and explore different career options through your co-op placements. Build life-long friendships Make lasting connections with like-minded, talented people through Co-op work placements.