Co-op in the classroom
More than a third of UVic students take part in the Co-op Program—a fantastic way to gain work experience and connections during their time at university. Many of your students may have already completed work terms!
On their co-op work terms, students learn to apply their academic knowledge in a workplace setting. Afterwards, they bring that rich hands-on work experience back to the classroom, contributing to robust discussions and a wider, practical perspective.
Encourage discussion with students
- Ask students if they know about the Co-op Program or are planning to join
- Ask students to share their co-op experiences with the class
- Encourage students to think about the competencies they're gaining through their assignments and work experiences
- Ask students what they're learning in your course and how they can use it in future co-op positions or their dream career
Use our resources
- Read students’ work term reports (available for some programs) or co-op stories to learn about students' experiences in the program
- Arrange a classroom talk about co-op—we'd be happy to visit your class. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
- Explore the program-specific competencies for your area and encourage students to work on these competencies in the classroom and the workplace
- Become a Co-op and Career faculty representative to help support hands-on learning at UVic
Connect with co-op employers
- Accompany a co-op coordinator on a co-op work site visit to learn about what your students do on the job (contact your co-op program)
- Attend a career event (career fair or employer information session) to meet employers and learn what skills and knowledge they look for
- Invite a co-op employer to visit your class and talk to your students (contact your co-op program)