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Placement Type Definitions

Co-operative education and work-integrated learning Canada (CEWIL Canada)'s
Work Integrated Learning Definitions


Cooperative Education (co-op alternating and co-op internship models):

Co-op alternating consists of alternating academic terms and paid work terms. Co-op internship consists of several co-op work terms back-to-back. In both models, work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student's field of study. The number of required work terms varies by program; however, the time spent in work terms must be at least 30% of the time spet in the academic study for programs over 2 years in length and 25% of time for programs 2 years and shorter in length.

Internships
Offers usually one discipline specific (typically full-time), supervised, structured, paid or unpaid [Note: WIL Digital positions must be paid to qualify] for academic credit or practice placement. Internships may occur in the middle of an academic program or after all academic coursework has been completed and prior to graduation. Internships can be of any length but are typically 12 to 16 months long.

Applied Research Projects
Students are engaged in research that occurs primarily in workplaces, includes: consulting projects, design projects, community-based research projects.

Work Experience:
Intersperses one or two work terms (typically full-time) into an academic program, where work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student's field of study and/or career goals.