Computer Science Co-op

Most CSCI students join the Co-op Education Program in the spring after the first year. This provides students the best opportunities to complete their degree with co-op in four years versus five years. If a third-year CSCI student is interested in completing their degree with co-op, it will take five years to complete their degree with co-op. Most Co-op Education Programs in Canada will take 4.5 to 5 years to complete. Also, there are some computer science co-op jobs that are 12-16 months in length. Students typically start the 12-16 month co-op in May after third  year. 

If a student would like to complete their degree with co-op in four years, please connect with the StFX Co-op Coordinator as soon as possible. The Co-op Coordinator and Academic Advising can assist with developing this plan. Course offerings can impact this plan.

Work Term Sequencing Options

The following co-op work term sequencing options are available for CSCI students.

Rates of Pay


Salary Range (Weekly)

min 35hrs/wk, before deductions**

How much you can make in 4 months

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 15 weeks, before deductions** 

How much you can make completing 12 months of co-op experience

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 45 weeks (15 wks/ 4 month semester),  before deductions**  

CSCI Roles $525-$1050 $7875-$15,750 $23,625-$47,250

**Allowable deductions include those required by federal or provincial law, such as taxes and employment insurance premiums. 


Potential Co-op Job Titles

  • Technical Assistant    
  • Programmer    
  • Apps Developer   
  • Security Assessment
  • Technical Support Analyst 
  • Software Support   
  • Software Developer
  • Developer Analyst
  • Informatics Assistant      
  • Technical Writer              
  • IT Specialist    
  • Field Research
  • Business App Tester    
  • Database Developer 
  • Robotics Co-op  
  • Systems Test Analyst
  • Data Analyst  
  • Gaming Programmer 
  • Quality Assurance Analyst 
  • Information Intern
  • Network Analyst       
  • Data Project Admin.   
  • Technical Support Analyst 
  • Data Science
  • Information Specialist 
  • QA Tester    
  • Web Developer 
  • Analytics Co-op


Employers who Advertised and/or Hired StFX CSCI Co-op Student

  • ACOA 
  • Bell Aliant   
  • Canada Revenue Agency  
  • Clearwater Foods 
  • Sobeys    
  • McCains   
  • HP
  • Hydro One
  • NTT Data 
  • Imperial Oil  
  • Shell Canada
  • ADP  
  • Ontario Power Generation 
  • Softchoice
  • EllisDon           
  • IBM
  • Blackberry  
  • Telus  
  • JD Irving 
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Public Service Commission  
  • Port Hawkesbury Paper    
  • SAP  
  • Statistics Canada
  • Agrium  
  • Suncor    
  • P&G  
  • Reynolds & Reynolds 
  • Rogers Communications
  • BMO Financial Group 
  • CSE                          
  • Canadian Tire Corp
  • Citco Canada       
  • PepsiCo  
  • CIBC 
  • Marine Atlantic
  • Coleman’s     
  • NS Government  
  • Deloitte 
  • TD Bank
  • Manulife  
  • CSEC 
  • Desire 2 Learn
  • HSBC   
  • Husky Energy
  • Syncrude