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Career Profile: Undergraduate Students & Co-operative Education

TRIUMF boasts a thriving Undergraduate Student and Co-operative Education (co-op) program for students wishing to complement their academic studies with practical, hands-on work experience. Undergraduate student jobs and co-op work terms with TRIUMF provide students with a unique opportunity to run experiments, analyse data, contribute to ground-breaking physics research, and collaborate with scientists and other students from around the world. TRIUMF hires 60 to 75 co-op students annually to work on projects in Science, Engineering, Computing, Outreach, and Communications.

Check out our Undergraduate Student Job Board for current opportunities, posting schedule, and application procedures.

In addition to job specific requirements, these are some of the skills and attributes we look for in our Undergraduate and Co-op students:

  • Integrity
  • Attention to detail
  • Ideally one year of undergraduate or related experience relevant to the position for which you are applying
  • Firm grasp of basic physics and theoretical concepts
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and organizational skills
  • Previous experience in related area
  • Knowledge of certain software and programming skills
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
Undergrad & Co-op Students
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Here's what our Co-op students are saying...

"Working as a co-op student at TRIUMF has been an amazing experience. The tasks that I am given are both challenging and fun and I am always learning new things. There are lots of like-minded students around who I have become great friends with. I have had a great time here and I would highly recommend TRIUMF to other students."

- Kyle Boone, Detector Development Co-op Student

"By working at TRIUMF, I got to know an amazing group of fellow students, I gained loads of new job skills, and all of this in the most fascinating and relaxed work environment I have ever been in. Both of my work terms have been great experiences. To me, the best part of TRIUMF's Co-op program is the way students are given the opportunity to spend time together and get to know each other."

- Jeffrey Leslie, Oracle Forms Developer Co-op Student

"TRIUMF is an incredible place to work and to learn. While scientists are pushing boundaries and making discoveries - learning more about our universe and its origins and the practical implications of this knowledge - I couldn't help but be inspired to continue to learn and push my own boundaries in writing about and communicating the science that takes place at TRIUMF. The working environment is also very supportive and there are numerous opportunities for growth and to tackle new challenges. TRIUMF is a place you will want to come back to."

- Meghan Magee, Communications Co-op Student

"What I like best about TRIUMF is the culture of learning that exists there. Between the tours, open lectures, and special events, there were just so many opportunities to learn and develop. And everybody seems to be on the same wavelength, everybody has a passion for science. It's refreshing to be surrounded by so many people so enthusiastic about learning."

- Nick Zacchia, Radiation-Effects Modeling Research Co-op Student