Student Guide to PEY Co-op & ESIP

Our Work Experience Programs

We offer two programs that are specially designed to help U of T undergraduate students develop the skills and experience they need for the workplace.

Professional Experience Year
Co-op Program
(PEY Co-op)

  • Continuous paid work-term for 12-16 months
  • Students start between May and September

Engineering Summer
Internship Program

  • Continuous paid work-term for 4 months
  • Students start in May

Timeline & Deadlines

Students Starting Work Terms in 2021

October 5th, 2020- July 2021

Job search & interviews

May 2021 – August 2021
ESIP work term (4 months)

May 2021– September 2022
PEY Co-op work term (12-16 months)

August 2021
Deadline for submitting independent work terms

August 2021
PEY Co-op job offer deadline

2021-2022 Registration

Sept 11 - Sept 22, 2020
Fall registration

Jan 6 - Jan 20, 2021
Winter registration

2021 - 2022 PEY Recruitment Dates for Students

ESIP Recruitment Timeline 2021 for Students

How to enroll in PEY Co-op or ESIP and earn your credit

1.  Register for PEY Co-op or ESIP

Registration takes place during the fall and winter registration periods. Before you register, review the PEY Co-op and ESIP eligibility criteria and information session for more details about our programs and requirements.

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International Students: Please review our website to learn what documents are required.

Questions about registration? Email:

UTM Computer Science Major or Specialist international students: you will be able to register in the Winter registration round (January 6-20, 2021) provided that you meet the PEY Co-op program eligibility criteria.

2.  Search for a job

Once you are registered, you'll be provided with a login for the Engineering Career Portal. Use the Engineering Career Portal to search for and apply to jobs.

If you choose to pursue a job that is not posted on the Engineering Career Portal, you will need approval from the Engineering Career Centre.

Read more about finding PEY Co-op and ESIP jobs.

3.  Prepare for your job interview and employment

The Engineering Career Centre runs workshops and events that help you prepare for your job.

4.  Accept a job offer

Accept your job offer by filling out and submitting the required documents.  Your ACORN account will be charged the work term fee ($275 ESIP, $975 PEY Co-op) + incidental fees (price varies- PEY Co-op only). If you have questions about your job offer, email the Program Coordinator listed on the job posting.

5.  Attend the Transition to Workplace Workshop

After you accept your offer, you must attend the Transition to Workplace Workshop. This mandatory workshop helps you prepare for your job and must be completed before your work term starts. Further details on this workshop will be sent once you secure a work term.

6.  Start your job and complete required work

Start your job! Remember that you can contact the Engineering Career Centre if you need guidance or support with work-related issues.

You will receive an email with information regarding the evaluations and other documents that you will need to complete and submit.

7.  Return to your full-time studies

After you complete your work experience term, you will return to U of T to resume your studies.  Your evaluations, papers and reflections will be processed during the Fall semester.

8.  Confirm your PEY Co-op or ESIP credit

If you submit your evaluations, papers, and reflections on time, your PEY Co-op or ESIP credit will be updated on your transcript by mid-January.

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