PEY Co-op Program
Read Priya Anandakumaran's story
about her 2012-2013 PEY at the Harvard-MIT
Division of Health Science and Technology
The Professional Experience Year (PEY)
, U of T’s co-op program, is distinct from traditional co-op programs and was an innovation in co-op education that has now been adopted by many engineering schools across Canada.
PEY provides students with the opportunity for a single, twelve to sixteen-month industrial work experience after the second or third year. This significant work term allows students enough time to initiate, conduct and complete intensive projects, frequently at a level far beyond their academic credentials.
PEY is an optional program, allowing students the ability to complete their degree in four years or to take the extra year to include some meaningful work experience before graduation.
Between 2008 and 2010, 296 EngSci students participated in PEY with 31 students accepting international placements in England, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the US. Industries that host PEY placements for EngSci students are diverse and include: construction; data processing and hosting; finance; government; health; internet publishing and broadcasting; research; telecommunications; transportation; and utilities.
Information about summer work placements and graduate career opportunities are available through the Engineering Career Office
and the U of T Career Centre