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 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)
Deadline for submitting independent work terms
PEY Co-op job offer deadline
Sept 11 - Sept 22, 2020
Jan 6 - Jan 20, 2021
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.
International Students: Please review our website to learn what documents are required.
Questions about registration? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.