Faculty of Science

Co-op Program Overview

The Master’s in Environment and Sustainability (MES) program at Western University is an innovative, one year, course-based graduate program that requires the completion of one four month (minimum of 500 hours), full-time work term for the successful completion of the degree.  The co-op work term runs from May-August on a yearly basis and follows two academic terms which allows the students to put their learning directly into practice.

Past employers have hired students for a multitude of reasons, from creating a greenhouse gas inventory to writing policy for procurement to social media and marketing of “green” initiatives.  Co-op employers include all levels of government, not-for-profit organizations and public and private companies.

The MES co-op program is a registered co-op program with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and enables an employer to be eligible for the Co-operative Education Tax Credit  that can reimburse up to $3000.00 of the costs incurred as a result of hiring a co-op student.

We invite you to participate in this year’s recruitment!


As a co-op host, we ask that you commit to the following:
Administrative Requirements include:

  1. Developing Learning Outcomes for the co-op work term – outlining what the student should know and be able to do by the end of the co-op work term.  They help the student to identify the integration and application of the learning they have gained.
  2. Completing Evaluations – we require that you monitor the students performance and complete a midpoint and final evaluation

The MES co-op program appreciates the support of its employers and aims to ensure that employer needs are met during the course of the summer co-op program.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the MES Co-op Office if you have any questions about the program.