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
- Continuous paid work-term for 12-16 months
- Students start between May and September
- Continuous paid work-term for 4 months
- Students start in May
Timeline & Deadlines
Students Starting Work Terms in 2020
September 30th 2019- July 2020
Job search & interviews
May 2020 – August 2020
ESIP work term (4 months)
May 2020– September 2021
PEY Co-op work term (12-16 months)
August 7, 2020
PEY Co-op job offer deadline
Sept 6 - Sept 18, 2019
Jan 8 - Jan 15, 2020
How to enroll in PEY Co-op or ESIP and earn your credit
1. Register for PEY Co-op or ESIP
International Students: Please review our required documents page to learn what documents are needed.
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. View upcoming sessions on our events calendar. This mandatory workshop helps you prepare for your job and must be completed before your work term starts.
Students who are working internationally are also required to attend a Safety Abroad Workshop.
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.