International students who must participate in a mandatory co-op or internship (i.e. one that is a requirement for their program) must apply for a special permit.
If accepted directly into a program requiring an internship (e.g. B.Ed., MBA), students can apply for their co-op/internship work permit at the same time as they apply for their initial Study Permit.
Because of processing delays, students are advised to apply for their co-op/internship work permit at least 3 months before their internship is due to start.
Note: This application is fee exempt (i.e. free).
You are eligible for this permit if:
- you have a valid Study Permit
- the employment in question is a requirement of your program
- the employment constitutes less than 50% of your program
For instructions on how to fill out the CIC online application, please review our Work Permit Application Guide.
For more details, visit the "Co-op/Internship" page of Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.