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Economics Co-operative Education Program

What do economists actually do? Find out by combining study with practical work experience!

The Department of Economics has a new, exciting addition to its programmes - an Economics Co-operative Education Option (ECEO).

The popularity and demand for economics co-op programmes is increasing across the country. The reason is simple. Economics is a discipline that lends itself ideally to co-operative education.

The qualitative and quantitative analytical skills of economists in training are in demand by the private sector and the public sector alike. Co-op programmes combine a solid base of course work with work terms that can provide students with invaluable experience.

Qualified students will obtain rewarding employment experience in fields related to Economics for several months of continuous duration. Students will thus learn practical skills in an employment situation during their course of study. This can help students to secure initial employment in their chosen field of work. Furthermore, paid employment helps students to defray their cost of education.

We have modeled our ECEO on the best co-op programmes in the country.

The course work and each of the three work terms have been carefully matched so as to maximize the advantage to both students and the employer, preparing students to undertake progressively more qualified tasks in the workplace.

It is anticipated that there will be a substantial demand for this programme relative to the number of placements that we can expect to secure. Admission is therefore competitive and selective. Promotion from each term requires a passing grade in all required courses and an overall average of at least 60% in all courses.

The ECEO is available to full-time economics majors (B.A. and B.Sc.) only.

Every student must complete the six academic terms in the ECEO programme, in addition to the thirty credit hours required for admission, and must complete three work terms. Note that it is possible to enter Term 1 only in the Fall semester commencing in September of each academic year.

The deadline for applications for admission to Term 1 this academic year is March 1st.

To be eligible for admission to Term 1 an applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of thirty credit hours with an overall average of at least 65% as follows:
  • All applicants must have completed Economics 2010 and 2020;
  • at least six credit hours in English;
  • Mathematics 1000;
  • and 15 credit hours chosen from courses in the Faculties of Arts or Science.
B.Sc. applicants must have completed Mathematics 1001. It is also advised that B.A. students choose courses which can satisfy the requirements for the Core Programme (see Arts Degree Regulations for these requirements), including courses in a second language.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Scott Lynch, Room A3084

Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Economics
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Phone: (709)864-8294, Fax: (709) 864-2094, E-mail: lynch@mun.ca
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