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Owen Craston was signed up for Computer Science at Carleton University and received an email from the program’s director.

Laura Aubin was planning to study a different subject in another faculty when a high school mentor told her about an exciting new opportunity.

Lulu Sheng heard about it from a friend.

Niko Kouloufakos started down this path when he was in Grade 11. He was summoned to a meeting in the principal’s office, where his computer teacher suggested that he drop the class and, instead, apply for a co-op placement at a rapidly growing Ottawa-based commerce company.

Although the routes they have taken vary, all four of these Carleton undergrads are enthusiastic participants in Carleton’s unique Dev Degree internship partnership with Shopify, where students split their time between campus and the company’s downtown headquarters, getting tuition covered and earning a salary through their four-year degrees.

This experiential learning program gives Computer Science students real-world experience that can springboard them into rewarding careers and, at the same time, helps develop the tech talent that Ottawa and Canada need to remain competitive in the global knowledge economy.


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