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

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)