Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op Program

The Professional Experience Year Co-op Program is the largest program of its kind in Canada. 

The PEY Co-op is an (optional) opportunity to work full time for an employer of your choosing for 12 to 16 consecutive months after second or third year. As a PEY Co-op student, you can apply to as many positions as you want, and only accept the job offer that aligns with your goals. Positions are paid and U of T computer science students earn an average of approximately $49,000 annually, with top salaries reaching over $80,000 in 12 months. 

Through PEY Co-op, you can focus on professional development without needing to switch between work and school each semester. Participating in PEY Co-op can help you understand your strengths and interests and use these learning outcomes to fine-tune your career goals and negotiate a higher post-graduation salary based on your experience.

In 2017/18, 237 computer science students secured PEY Co-op positions at over 90 companies, including: 

  • Bell Canada

  • Environment Canada

  • EventMobi

  • Flipp Corporation

  • IBM

  • Kijiji

  • Royal Bank of Canada

  • Red Hat Canada Ltd.

  • Scotiabank

  • SOTI Inc.

  • Think Research

  • Toronto Hydro

  • Uken Games

  • Wattpad


Note: Application to PEY Co-op Program is administered through the Engineering Career Centre (ECC)

  1. Attend a PEY Co-op Information Session offered in September

  2. Read the PEY Co-op Student Guides

  3. If you decide to participate, register online through the ECC Portal

  4. Apply to jobs via the ECC Portal

  5. Participate in PEY Co-op developmental workshops and attend individual appointments (e.g. cover letter, résumé, interview preparation)

  6. Attend interview(s)

  7. Receive job offer(s)

  8. Accept/Decline offer(s)

  9. Begin internship

  10. Complete internship: 12 to 16 months

  11. Return to school, usually starting in September, to finish degree

If you're a prospective company who wishes to hire a qualified computer science student for a 12 to 16 month PEY Co-op, please contact the Engineering Career Centre.