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Co-op for Data Science Students

When you are completing the Data Science (BSc) program, you will learn to analyze patterns and models for all kinds of data. Sample courses include discrete mathematics, algorithm design, AI and machine learning.

How Data Science Co-op Works

Co-op gives you the opportunity to develop skills and gain real-world experience while completing three paid work terms lasting up to four months each.

You apply for admission to co-op at the beginning of second year and may be eligible for an admission interview in November.

If you are admitted to co-op, you will get assistance with career planning, job search and interview preparation through the Fundamentals of Co-operative Education course. You will then apply to job postings and attend interviews.

Interested? Learn more about applying to co-op.

Course Sequencing

The Data Science co-op program includes three work terms.

Work/Study Sequence, Data Science Co-op
Year Fall (Sept. to Dec.) Winter (Jan. to April) Spring (May to August)
One Study Term Study Term Break 
Two Study Term Study Term Study Term
Three Work Term 1 Study Term Work Term 2
Four Study Term Work Term 3 Study Term

Sample Co-op Jobs

  • Data Engineering Analyst, Deloitte, Ottawa – Construct data pipelines and apply transformation rules, structure repositories, perform data analysis, and assess data quality.
  • Quality Assurance Engineer, Green Brick Labs, Kitchener – Identify and track coding issues and design and execute automated tests.
  • Data Analyst, Linamar, Guelph – Analyze data and discover trends to generate and forecast predictions for the corporate financial systems team.
  • Automation Engineer Co-op, Manulife, Waterloo – Review design documents and create automation test scripts using Java or Python.
  • Data Science Internship, Shopify, Waterloo – Help build a near-real-time data ingestion system and develop recommendations to improve merchants’ productivity.
  • Analytics and Data Science Co-op, TD Bank Group, Toronto – Assist with analytics and research to review internal models, tools, and policies

Sample Co-op Employers 

  • C.S.T. Consultants
  • IBM
  • NCR
  • Scotiabank

Salary Information

Check out the average weekly salary data for students in Business and Economics co-op programs, who tend to make comparable salaries. This data is available for your reference. Employers determine students’ salaries.


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