Co-op program details

Applied Research (Optional Co-op)

Program details

Credential: 1-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate

This one-year graduate certificate program builds on a prior degree or diploma, preparing students with specialized skills and knowledge to create meaning and impact through applied research across a variety of sectors. Through the course of study, students work in interdisciplinary teams to gain practical hands-on experience in research methodologies, data analytics, data visualization, and knowledge mobilization techniques.

Co-op students and graduates are prepared to design, implement, and evaluate applied research projects, and to target and tailor research evidence for decision-making.

Student availability & wage data

Conestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.

Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.

Work/Study Sequence

Year Fall (Sept - Dec) Winter (Jan - Apr) Spring (May - Aug)
Year 1 Classes Classes Work Term 1: Students available starting spring 2024

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students and offers suggested ranges as a service to employers for the purpose of establishing fair and competitive compensation.

Our experience has been that employers increase wages as skills increase, particularly when employing students for more advanced work terms. The Co-operative Education Office can provide assistance to employers in establishing appropriate wage rates.

Work term capabilities

Specific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.

  • Design research studies
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research to address government and industry challenges
  • Conduct program evaluations
  • Apply statistical techniques to analyze data
  • Develop and manage research budgets
  • Ensure research studies address ethical issues and are in line with societal values related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Communicate research findings in research reports and presentations
  • Lead knowledge mobilization initiatives

Sample job titles

  • Clinical Associate
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Coordinator
  • Information Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Research Associate
  • Research Scientist

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Contact information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Jess Atfield
Employer Relations Consultant