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EUC aims to provide students with experiences and professional development knowledge which will prepare students to be career ready for graduation. EUC offers the following services and opportunities to help students build the required professional skills to enter the environmental and urban industry:

Real World Professional Experience

Placements

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete a placement in their 3rd & 4th year of study where they work with an organization to develop working experience, grow their professional network and enhance their professional skills.

Collaborations with Industry

The Capstone Course is an initiative that enables students to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams with students, faculty and project partners to work on year-long capstone projects pitched by non-profits, start-ups, and businesses who want to make real social impact. Your participation in C4 will count as credits at the 4000 level. 

Career Coaching with the Experiential Education Coordinator

One-on-Once Coaching

For resume & cover letter, job search, interview prep and green career pathways guidance.

Professional Development Workshops

Targeted towards green careers and training students with essential skills needed to be career ready after graduation.

Networking Events

Panels and speed networking events with alumni and community partners to discover and learn more about career pathways.

Weekly Newsletter

Highlights opportunities to build our students' professional skills and grow their professional networks.

Work Placement Course for EUC Students

What do I need to complete an undergraduate placement?

Academic Requirement

Successfully completed between 60 to 90 credits

Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 6.0 (B)

Approval from the Experiential Education (EE) Coordinator

To enroll into ENVS 4001 course students must first confirm their placement and request approval via email from the EE Coordinator

What are my undergraduate placement enrollment options?

3 or 6 credits towards their degree upon successful completion of their approved placement

  • Approved 3 credit placements require a minimum of 120 hours of work
  • Approved 6 credit placements require a minimum of 240 hours of work

Enrollments are carried out each semester throughout the year (Fall, Winter & Summer)

How does a placement benefit me?

Develop professional working experience

Integrate classroom learning with hand-on practice

Grow your professional network

Develop personal and professional skills to build your resume

Explore different career paths and learn about a wide variety of environmental organizations and departments

C4 - The Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom

Job Placement FAQs

The placement course is open to all EUC undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits with a GPA of 6.0 (B). Typically, students complete the placement course in their 3rd and 4th year of study.

Contact the EE Coordinator at rosannan@yorku.ca

The placement course runs every semester (Fall, Winter & Summer). Once a student has confirmed a placement they are to request permission from the EE Coordinator before the scheduled last day to enroll into courses date.

Students have the option to enroll into either 3 credits, where they would have to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work OR 6 credits where they would have to complete a minimum 240 hours of work.

Students should begin their search by first deciding on the type of organization they would like to work for (not for profit, government, energy, sustainability, agriculture etc.) and the type of work they would like to do to help narrow down their options. There are resources available to student to assist with their job search such as:

  • The YorkU Career Centre has a variety of Job Search workshops for students to attend and build their skills.
  • The EUC Job Board is available to all EUC students where environmental jobs are posted weekly.
  • Experience York is the Career Centre’s job board with placement, internship, summer job, volunteer, & job opportunities for students including on campus work-study & RAY positions.

It is recommended that students begin their search before the start of the term they are enrolling in to complete a placement. If you are having difficulties securing a placement or confused about the process you can contact the EE Coordinator for further assistance by emailing euc_ee@yorku.ca to schedule an appointment.

Once students are enrolled in the course, students will be out on their placements.  There will be no formal lectures, but the Course Director & EE Coordinator will keep virtual office hours and regularly check in with students. Students will be required to keep a journal/portfolio documenting their placement experience.

Students must receive approval of their placement from the EE Coordinator BEFORE they begin counting hours towards their placement. Please contact the EE Coordinator at euc_ee@yorku.ca if you have not yet received approval or require further information.

No, students can book an appointment wit the EE Coordinator by email (euc_ee@yorku.ca). There are many resources & workshops provided by Career Centre for you to build your professional skills, be sure to check them out!

“For me, the work placement program really helped me launch my career. The placement program is the perfect place to use these skills and knowledge you developed in your courses and learn the work skills you need to be successful.”

— Rajbalinder, 4th year student, completed placement with the Brampton Environmental Alliance