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Emily Campbell
Emily Campbell (biology) spent a co-op work term with the Hope for Wildlife Society in Seaforth, Nova Scotia.

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Biochemistry and Microbiology

Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op is an optional co-op program - learn everything you need to know about this co-op program below.

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Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements:

  • Minimum B average
  • Full-time UVic student majoring in biochemistry or microbiology

Application deadline: September 16 (early entry for upper-year students) and September 30 (second year of study). Later entry also possible; please contact your co-op office.


How to apply

To apply, make sure you meet the application requirements and submit the following to your co-op office:

When will you hear back?

  • Second-year students – Mid-October (first work term likely May)
  • Third-year students – Late September (first work term likely January)


Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Co-op internship

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms
  • Co-op internship: 12–16 months
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

As a Biochem/Microbio student, you could work for: 

  • Academia and research centres and institutes
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • Commercial labs and breweries
  • Federal government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Food, chemical and equipment manufacturers

On your work terms, you could:

  • Monitor industrial fermentation processes
  • Test clinical, environmental, food and water samples for microbial or chemical contamination
  • Conduct original research using modern biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, genomics and proteomics technology

For a list of specific sample co-op jobs, please .


Work term submission

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and a 15-minute oral presentation.

You should also:

  • Update your address on MyPage
  • Update your résumé
  • Sign up for your debriefing and résumé update session (dates announced each term)


Biology

Biology Co-op is an optional co-op program - learn everything you need to know about this co-op program below.

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Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements:

  • Minimum B average
  • Completed first year of study in the Faculty of Science

Application deadlines:

  • August 31 for early intake (first work term in January)
  • September 30 for regular intake (first work term in May)


How to apply

Submit the following to bico@uvic.ca

  • A Biology Co-op application form
  • A cover letter – Introduce yourself and why you're applying
  • An up-to-date résumé – Include extracurricular activities
  • Two reference forms – Ask two references to submit this form (one academic and one professional)
  • Transcripts (previous institutions only—no UVic transcripts needed)
  • Proof of valid driver's license – Not required, but recommended

When you'll hear back:

  • If you applied by August 31 – Early September (first work term likely January)
  • If you applied by Sept 30 – Mid-October (first work term likely May)

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular courseload.

Sessions for students accepted to co-op in Fall 2016 are as follownote that students must attend one offering of each session:

  • Introduction to LIM
    • Tuesday, October 11 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (MAC D101)
    • Thursday, October 13 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CLE A207)
  • Résumé prep
    • Tuesday, November 1 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (HSD A160)
    • Thursday, November 3 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (HSD A160)
  • Cover letter prep
    • Tuesday, November 22 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (MAC D114)
    • Thursday, November 24 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CLE A207)
  • Interview prep
    • Tuesday, January 10 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (MAC D114)
    • Thursday, January 12 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (MAC D103)
  • Networking in the workplace
    • Tuesday, January 31 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (MAC D114)
    • Thursday, February 2 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (MAC D103)
  • Work term prep
    • Tuesday, March 14 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (MAC D114)
    • Thursday, March 16 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (MAC D103)


Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Internship (also known as post-study internship)

Read more about co-op formats

Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms
  • Work experience program: One to three work terms
  • Internship (post-study internship): Four, eight or 12 months


Sample employers and co-op jobs

As a biology co-op student, you could work for co-op employers in:

  • Marine biology
  • Fisheries and forestry
  • Resource management
  • Pest management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife assessment and tracking
  • Botany
  • Genetics and microbiology
  • Medical research

Some of our past biology co-op students have held these positions:

  • Assistant wildlife biologist – Parks Canada (Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks)
  • Environment regulatory and sustainability co-op student – Devon Energy Corporation 
  • Eulachon assessment and pelagic ecosystems – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Pacific Biological Station)
  • Junior wildlife rehabilitator – BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Biological weed and pest control assistant – Cultural Agricultural Bureau International (Switzerland)

In Biology Co-op, we encourage you to seek out job options beyond the co-op postings on Learning In Motion (through your personal or professional connections or other online internet postings). These resources can help:


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:


Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.


Chemistry

Chemistry Co-op is an optional co-op program - learn everything you need to know about this co-op program below.

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Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements:

  • Minimum B average (GPA 4.5)
  • Pursuing full-time major or honours in chemistry

Application deadline: September 30 (recommended, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year)


How to apply

To apply, you must:

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular courseload.

For chemistry students, this course is completed through a combination of online work and one-on-one sessions.

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Other formats possible – Flexible work term scheduling (work terms can be done in spring, summer or fall terms, and multi-term work terms are possible)

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms (for Co-op designation)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

Some of our chemistry students have worked in the following co-op jobs:

  • Viticulture research assistant – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Formulation and analytical chemist – EcoSafe Natural Products Inc.
  • Process operator – Teck Ltd.
  • Analytical assistant – Tata Global Beverages
  • Outreach instructor – Actua
  • Organics, advanced extractions – ALS Laboratory Group
  • Structure, properties and performance Researcher – Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation
  • Medicinal chemistry researcher – Centre for Drug Research and Development
  • Analytical chemistry student – PBR Laboratories Inc.


Requirements after each work term

After each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report by September 15, January 15 or May 15 (please email a copy to  and drop off a hard copy to your co-op office)
  • Sign up for your oral presentation
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.

Earth and Ocean Sciences

Earth and Ocean Sciences Co-op is an optional co-op program - learn everything you need to know about this co-op program below.

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Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements:

  • Minimum B average (GPA 4.5)
  • Pursuing full-time major or honours in EOS (including combined programs)

Application deadline:

  • Co-op: September 30 (recommended, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year)

How to apply

To apply, submit an Earth and Ocean Sciences Co-op application form.

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular courseload.

For earth and ocean sciences students, this course is completed through a combination of online work and one-on-one sessions.


Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Other formats possible – Flexible work term scheduling (work terms can be done in spring, summer or fall terms, and multi-term work terms are possible)

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms (for Co-op designation)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

You could work in jobs related to:

  • Climate change
  • Earthquakes
  • Mining
  • Air and water quality
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife assessment and tracking
  • Botany

Some of our earth and ocean sciences students have worked in the following co-op jobs:

  • Upstream environmental operation, water team – Husky Energy Inc.
  • Research geomorphologist assistant – BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Laboratory assistant, petrophysics – Natural Resources Canada
  • Oceanographic data processing – Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Coastal naturalist – Calliope Consulting Inc.
  • Junior project officer – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Geologist co-op student – Teck Ltd.
  • Underwater acoustic analyst – Ocean Networks Canada
  • Environmental co-op student – National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Digital remote sensing research – Natural Resources Canada


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report by September 15, January 15 or May 15 (please email a copy to  and drop off a hard copy to your co-op office)
  • Sign up for your oral presentation
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.


Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE) Co-op offers mandatory and optional programs. You can learn all about these co-op programs below.

Mandatory programs Optional programs
Recreation and Health Education Kinesiology
Coaching Studies* Exercise Science, Physical and Heath Education*
Master of Education*
Curriculum and Instruction*
Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies*

*Graduate-level programs

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Recreation and Health Education

Program facts

  • Undergraduate level
  • Four work terms required
  • Mandatory co-op program—no need to apply

What kinds of co-op jobs are available?

You could work for:

  • Municipal recreation departments and provincial ministries
  • Rehabilitation centres and therapeutic programs
  • Outdoor education centres
  • Community schools and other educational institutions
  • Sport organizations
  • Fitness, wellness and leisure programs
  • Residences for seniors
  • Residential and day camps for children and youth


Kinesiology

Program facts

  • Undergraduate level
  • Three work terms required (fourth optional)
  • Optional co-op program—contact your co-op office to apply. Minimum B average (GPA 5.0) required. Apply by January 31 of first year.

What kinds of co-op jobs are available?

Gain experience related to:

  • Physiological assessment of fitness and performance
  • Prescription and management of exercise programs
  • Psychological implications of physical activity across the lifespan
  • Medicine and rehabilitation

You could work for:

  • Municipal recreation departments and provincial ministries
  • Rehabilitation centres and therapeutic programs
  • Outdoor education centres
  • Community schools and other educational institutions
  • Sport organizations
  • Fitness, wellness and leisure programs
  • Residences for seniors
  • Residential and day camps for children and youth


Coaching Studies

Program facts

  • Graduate level
  • Two work terms required
  • Mandatory co-op program—no need to apply

What kinds of co-op jobs are available?

Your co-op work terms will allow you to gain knowledge and experience in coaching athletes. You could work for:

  • School-based athletic programs
  • Post-secondary athletic programs
  • High level athletic programs
  • Canadian Sport Centres
  • National Coaching Institute (must be enrolled in the NCI program)


Other Education graduate co-op programs

Other Education co-op programs available

  • School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education 
  • Master of Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

Program facts

  • Graduate level
  • Two work terms required for master's students
  • Three work terms required for doctoral students
  • Programs are optional

What kinds of co-op jobs are available?

You could work for:

  • Government ministries responsible for education (K-12 and post-secondary)
  • School districts, adult education associations and professional organizations

Other options:

  • Connect with your co-op coordinator to arrange funding for a job specific to your area of research.
  • If you’re already working closely with a faculty member or industry partner on a joint endeavor that’s contributing to your graduate research project, you may be able to count this as co-op work term. This arrangement would be at the discretion of your school or department through consultation with your co-op coordinator and graduate adviser.


Sample co-op job responsibilities

To promote health and well-being, you could:

  • design promotional material for community leisure facilities
  • use communication tools to encourage physical activity in the community
  • organize, facilitate and coordinate project meetings and events
  • plan, implement and evaluate fundraising, health promotion or sporting events
  • liaise with community partners
  • work with athletic facility staff
  • manage databases, analyze statistics, and prepare briefing notes and reports related to health promotion programs
  • process, register and support members of professional associations

To help others become active or move efficiently, you could:

  • facilitate physical activities and sports for children
  • assist others to develop their fundamental motor skills
  • work alongside a therapist to assess and assist a client throughout their rehabilitation
  • encourage individuals with disabilities to pursue physical activity, leisure and recreation
  • design, modify and instruct appropriate, effective fitness programs for diverse participants
  • provide initial health screening, monitor progress and make  adjustments to wellness/activity programs
  • guide groups on tours, activities or adventures
  • help with research projects that assist in changing individual and community health behaviours
  • work with athletes to understand what contributes to their performance


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Hand in your work term report (details below)
  • Sign up for your poster presentation (this is mandatory for kinesiology and recreation and health education students)
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report, poster presentation and assignment alternatives

At the end of each work term, you must submit:

  1. A work term report (if you are completing your third or fourth work term, you may choose to complete an alternative submission - see guidlines below)
  2. RHED and Kinesiology students must also complete a poster presentation

Work term submission guidelines

Follow these guidelines to understand what's expected for your work term submission:

Read past students' work term reports


Certifications and training

Many EPHE co-op jobs require or recommend specific certifications; please see certifications and training for information about how to earn these to boost your employability.


Forms and resources

Health Information Science

Health Information Science Co-op is a mandatory co-op program - learn all about this co-op program below.

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Program facts

This is a mandatory co-op program - you're automatically enrolled as a Health Information Science student. It's an undergraduate-level program and three co-op work terms are required.


Program formats available

The Health Information Science Co-op Program offers the following formats:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Internship (post-study internship)

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on the co-op format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms
  • Work experience program: One to three work terms
  • Internship (post-study internship): Four, eight or 12 months


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report
  • Sign up for your oral presentation (held in the third week of September, January and May)
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage

Your co-op office will provide you with information about your work term report and oral presentation.


Humanities and Fine Arts

Humanities and Fine Arts (HUFA) Co-op is an optional program - learn all about this co-op program below. HUFA Co-op is available for students studying:

  • Cultural Resource Management
  • English
  • French
  • Germanic/Slavic Studies
  • Greek/Roman Studies
  • History
  • Hispanic/Italian Studies
  • Art History and Visual Studies
  • Intercultural Education and Training Program
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Pacific/Asian Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Professional Communication
  • Professional Writing
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Women’s Studies
  • Writing

Your co-op office

Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements (undergraduate students):

  • Minimum B average (GPA 5.0)
  • Full-time student (minimum 6.0 course units per term)
  • Be registered in at least one of the following:
    • Degree program (BA, BFA, BSc, BMus) in the Faculties of Humanities or Fine Arts 
    • English Minor in Professional Communication 
    • Fine Arts Minor in Professional Writing 
    • Diploma in Intercultural Education and Training 
    • Cultural Resource Management Program 
    • Intercultural Education Program

Graduate students – Please contact the co-op office for admission requiremements.

Application deadlines:

  • September 23, 2016
  • Jan 15, 2017


How to apply

Drop off an application package to your co-op office, including the following items:

  • HUFA Co-op application form – Undergraduate form (pdf) or graduate form (pdf)
  • Cover letter – Introduce yourself and why you're applying
  • Résumé – Up-to-date and including extracurricular activities
  • Transcripts – Access your UVic transcript through MyPage

 

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Co-op (traditional format)
  • Work experience program
  • Parallel co-op (part-time)
  • Post-study internship
  • Entrepreneurial co-op

Read more about these co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your degree level:

Undergraduate co-op

  • Co-op (traditional format): Three work terms (fourth or fifth optional)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms

Graduate co-op

  • Master's students – Two work terms
  • PhD students – Three work terms
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms
  • Continuing Studies Diploma – One work term


Sample employers

During your co-op terms, you could work for:

  • Government (municipal, provincial or federal)
  • Theatres
  • Galleries
  • Libraries
  • Arts groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Newspapers and publishers
  • Private companies (all sizes)


Requirements during the work term

During the work term, you'll complete competency assessments at the start, middle and end of your experience. You'll also have a work site visit.

Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report by September 15, January 15 or May 15
  • Sign up for a debriefing session with your coordinator (held the third week of September, January and May)
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report submission

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report. HUFA students may choose from several options; please see work term report options (pdf) for details.

Read past students' work term reports


Law

The UVic Law Co-op Program is the only comprehensive common-law program of its kind in Canada. The legal profession is broad and diverse, and Law Co-op provides an excellent opportunity for law students to explore their career options. Learn all about this co-op program below.

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How to apply

Law Co-op admits 50 first-year law students by lottery in the fall of each year. To include your name in the lottery, please contact us.

Five additional spaces are available through a special access category for students who face socio-economic barriers to completing law school and/or entering the legal profession.

We maintain a waitlist of interested students; students on the waitlist will typically be offered a space eventually. 


Number of work terms required

Law co-op students are required to complete two work terms.

See Law Co-op and the J.D Program (pdf) for more information and to see how Law Co-op will affect your schedule.


Sample co-op employers

Here are a few of the employers that students have worked for:

  • BC Public Service Agency (Victoria)
  • Department of Justice (Vancouver)
  • Public Prosecution Service of Canada (Yellowknife)
  • Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Services (Nunavut)
  • Environment Canada (Ottawa)
  • Office of the Ombudsperson (Victoria)
  • Cook Roberts (Victoria)
  • Dwyer Tax Lawyers (Victoria)
  • Dinning Hunter Jackson Law (Victoria)
  • Hunter Litigation Chambers (Vancouver)>
  • BCGEU (Burnaby)
  • Pivot Legal Society (Vancouver)
  • Access Pro Bono Society (BC)
  • Chandler & Thong-ek (Bangkok, Thailand)

Some students go on to article with their previous co-op employers after law school. 


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report (see below for details)
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report guidelines

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report (due when you return to campus) that includes a reflective component and a sample work-product. The reflective component of the report should be written in the first person narrative voice, using complete paragraphs (not point-form). This should be no more than a total of five singles spaced pages. Attach a cover page, including student name, co-op employer and term in which the work was completed. The content should include the following:

1.    Describe the work term setting and summarize the activities/projects undertaken on the work term. Comment on outcomes of your activities.
2.    Summarize your competency growth and development throughout the work term, linking this to your academic background, law school courses, and previous work experience.
3.    Comment on the extent to which the Faculty of Law prepared you for this work term.
4.    Append a sample work product (5-10 pages). Provide a summary of the process you followed to complete the work product, any challenges you faced, and competency growth and development attained through completing this work product.

Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Co-op is an optional co-op program - learn everything you need to know about this co-op program below.

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Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements:

  • Minimum B average (GPA 4.5)
  • Pursuing full-time major or honours in physics and astronomy

Application deadline:

  • September 30 (recommended, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year)


How to apply

To apply, submit a Physics and Astronomy Co-op application form.

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular courseload.

For physics and astronomy students, this course is completed through a combination of online work and one-on-one sessions.

Program formats available

The following formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Other formats possible – Flexible work term scheduling (work terms can be done in spring, summer or fall terms, and multi-term work terms are possible)

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms will depend on the co-op format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms (for Co-op designation)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

You could work in jobs related to:

  • Astronomy
  • Geophysics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Oceanography
  • Energy research
  • Communications
  • Medical research
  • Other areas of pure/applied physics

Some of our physics and astronomy students have worked in the following co-op jobs:

  • Astronomy intern – Gemini Observatory
  • Geodynamics computer modelling assistant – Natural Resources Canada
  • PMT test facility researcher – TRIUMF
  • Da Vinci surgical system software/data intern – Intuitive Surgical Inc.
  • Astronomy research assistant – National Research Council of Canada
  • Remote sensing support – University of Victoria
  • Youth STEM instructor – Science Venture
  • Oceanographic data processing – Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Medical physics research assistant – BC Cancer Agency
  • Geophysical assistant – GEOMAR


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report by September 15, January 15 or May 15 (please email a copy to  and drop off a hard copy to your co-op office)
  • Sign up for your oral presentation
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.


Public Administration and Dispute Resolution

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration or the Master of Dispute Resolution are automatically enrolled in co-op. Learn everything you need to know about these co-op programs below.

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Program facts

Master of Public Administration Co-op

  • Mandatory co-op program (automatically enrolled; no application required)
  • Online MPA students are not eligible for co-op placements
  • Two work terms mandatory; may choose to complete three work terms
  • Earn Co-op designation after two work terms

Master of Dispute Resolution Co-op

  • Mandatory co-op program (automatically enrolled; no application required)
  • One work term mandatory OR take DR 517 (Community Service Learning course)
  • Earn Co-op designation after two work terms; may choose to complete three work terms


Program schedule

Year of
study
Fall term
(Sept–Dec)
Spring term
(Jan–Apr)
Summer term 
(May–Aug)
1 Study term 1 Co-­op term 1 + One elective (optional). MADR students can take DR517 in lieu of co-op. Study term 2
2 Co­-op term 2 + One elective (optional). MADR students can opt out of co-op. Co-op term 3 (optional) and/or 598 Capstone Project Co-op term 3 (optional—if not already completed)

Note on back-to-back work terms: Students are permitted to take back-to-back co-op terms (upon approval from the co-op coordinator) after your second co-op term. You may not take back-to-back co-op terms after your first co-op term. You may opt to continue with your current co-op employer for your back-to back co-op term, but we encourage you to diversify your experiences.


Types of co-op jobs

Many MPA and MADR students secure placements in the public sector at the federal, provincial, or local government level, including agencies and commissions.

Co-op opportunities are not limited to the Victoria area—you're encouraged to take placements throughout BC, elsewhere in Canada or abroad. As such, we recommend that you do not commit yourself to a rental leaseso that you are prepared to leave Victoria for co-op opportunities.


Requirements after each work term

After each co-op work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term term (see below for details)
  • Sign up for your oral presentation (see below for details - held in the third week of September, January and May)
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report

At the end of each work term, you must submit a work term report summarizing the activities and projects you completed during your work term. Your report is due:

  • September 15 if your work term ended in August (unless you’re graduating in November, in which case your report is due September 1)
  • January 15 if your work term ended in December
  • May 15 if your work term ended in April (unless you’re graduating in November, in which case your report is due May 1)

Your work term will be marked with a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory”. Unsatisfactory reports will need to be redone within two weeks and awarded a “satisfactory”.

Work term report guidelines

Please see the following guidelines for help writing your report.


Oral presentation

After each co-op term, you'll take part in a work term presentation session. These sessions are open to all public administration students and faculty members. The sessions help the school and the co-op program evaluate our programming.

Your co-op office will provide you with information and a schedule for these sessions.


Social Sciences – Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

The Social Sciences Co-op office administers the following optional undergraduate and graduate co-op programs:

  • Anthropology Co-op
  • Economics Co-op
  • Environmental Studies Co-op
  • Geography Co-op
  • Political Science Co-op
  • Psychology Co-op
  • Restoration of Natural Systems Co-op
  • Sociology Co-op

Learn everything you need to know about these co-op programs below.

WANT MORE? Learn about co-op including how it works and what's expected of you (including completing the Introduction to Professional Practice class), plus check out how to search and find co-op jobs.



Your co-op office

Admission requirements and deadline

Application requirements vary depending on your level of study and your program area.

Undergraduate students

To apply, you must be a full-time student and have completed your first year of study. You must also meet the following GPA requirements:

  • Anthropology– Overall GPA 5.0. Average GPA 5.0 in all ANTH courses.
  • Economics – Overall GPA 4.5. GPA 4.5 in Econ 103 or 103C or 180, 104, 225, and Econ 245(no less than B- in each). No less than B in one of CSC 105, 110 or 111. If you have taken ECON 203 or 204, you must meet the GPA 4.5 requirement in these rather than ECON 103 or 103C or 180 and/or 104.
  • Environmental Studies – Overall GPA 5.0
  • Geography – Overall GPA 5.5. GPA 5.5 in all GEOG courses.
  • Political Science – Overall GPA 5.0. GPA 5.0 in 100- and 200-level POLI courses. Must complete POLI 351 before second work term.
  • Psychology – Overall GPA 5.0. Average GPA 6.0 (B+) in all PSYC courses.
  • Restoration of Natural Systems - Overall GPA 5.0; completion of RNS core courses.
  • Sociology – Overall GPA 5.0; GPA 5.0 in SOCI 100, 210 and 211.

Application deadlines:

  • September 20
  • January 20
  • Once admitted you are required to attend the Introduction to Professional Practice seminars: four workshops plus a mock interview. These seminars begin the week following the application deadline each term.

Graduate students

All Social Sciences graduate students are eligible for co-op.  You must apply before you are finished your final project (e.g., thesis, major project, or dissertation) and should speak to your supervisor about your plans. 

Please contact your co-op office for details.

Application deadlines:

  • September 20
  • January 20
  • Once admitted you are required to attend the Introduction to Professional Practice seminars: four workshops plus a mock interview. These seminars begin the week following the application deadline each term.


How to apply

To apply, drop off an application package to the co-op office, including:

  • A Social Sciences Co-op application form (pdf)
  • A résumé – Include extracurricular activities
  • Unofficial UVic transcripts (i.e., administrative transcript from My Page). If have transferred from another school and this is your first term at UVic, then provide your unofficial transcript(s) from your previous institution(s) (not high school).
  • Once admitted you are required to attend the Introduction to Professional Practice seminars: four workshops plus a mock interview. Please check the Fall 2016 seminar schedule. Indicate in Section III on your application form which seminar you will attend.


Program formats available

Co-operative education in Social Sciences is flexible to your schedule. You will take part in one of the following formats, depending on where you are in the completion of your degree:

  • Traditional co-op (completing at least three co-op work terms to earn the co-op designation)
  • Work experience program (completing one or two work terms)

How you complete your co-op terms can also vary:

  • You can work part time while taking courses: Parallel (part-time) co-op depends on employer and student needs.
  • You can complete two or three work terms consecutively with the same organization (some students and employers appreciate longer placements) or with different organizations.

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms for completion

The number of work terms depends on the program format:

  • Co-op (undergraduate): Completing three work terms earns the co-op designation
  • Co-op (graduate): Completing to work terms (master's) or three work terms (doctoral) earns the co-op designation
  • Work experience program*: One or two work terms

*Typically, students in the Social Sciences are admitted to co-op (not the work experience program). If you join co-op, you can choose to complete fewer co-op work terms than the required number, but will not receive the co-op designation when you graduate.


Sample employers and co-op jobs

Social Sciences students are technically skilled (numbers, technology) as well as interested in community, social, and environmental involvement (communication and collaboration skills). Our students engage in diverse interests and work environments—environmental, industrial and corporate, public sector policy, private equity and banking, data management, social services and community development.

Sample co-op jobs

Anthropology

  • Parks Canada – Park Naturalist
  • Black Press / UsedVictoria – Social Media and Communications Coordinator
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – Residential Schools Resolution Research Assistant
  • UVic Welcome Centre – Student Recruiter
  • Sooke Museum – Museum Assistant

Economics

  • Financial Institutions Commission – Risk Analyst
  • CIBC Wood Gundy – Investment Advisor Assistant
  • BlackBerry – Pricing Analyst
  • BC Ministry of Energy and Mines – Policy Assistant, Mines and Minerals Resources

Environmental Studies

  • BC Ministry of Environment – Water Resources Research Assistant
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada – Contaminated Sites Project Management Assistant
  • Parks Canada – Park Naturalist
  • Recycling Council of Alberta – Recycling Ambassador

Geography

  • Parks Canada - Ecological Monitoring Assistant
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada  – Canadian Hydrographic Service – GIS Analyst
  • BC Ministry of Energy and Mines – Mapping Assistant
  • BC SPCA, WildARC – Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Sooke Regional Museum – Museum Assistant
  • Canadian Forest Service – Research Assistant, Mountain Pine Beetle

Political Science

  • BC Healthy Communities – Victoria Youth Council Coordinator
  • National Defence and the Canadian Forces – Geopolitical and Maritime Security Research Assistant
  • Victoria Disability Resource Centre – Workshop Program Coordinator
  • Land Trust Alliance of BC – Community Outreach Officer
  • Parks Canada – Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Survey Coordinator

Psychology

  • Rock Solid Foundation – WITS Program Coordinator
  • Island Health – Mental Health and Addictions Research Assistant
  • Alberta Sick Kids Hospital – Brain Injury Research Assistant
  • Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre – Recreation Coordinator
  • BC Ministry of Education – Provincial Exam Marking Coordinator

Sociology

  • Corrections Canada – Junior Parole Officer
  • BC Stats – Research Assistant
  • UVic Welcome Centre – Student Recruiter
  • Beacon Community Services – Workshop Facilitator & Volunteer Coordinator
  • CanAssist – Job Coach


Work term learning activities

At the end of each work term, you're required to complete several learning activities:

  • Competency Record:  you will create learning objectives and assess yourself on your progress
  • Mid-term meeting (aka site visit): you will meet with a Co-op coordinator (in person, over the phone, or on Skype) and your supervisor to discuss your work and learning.
  • Work Term Submission:  Depending on your program, these assignments have different formats, including written reflective reports, oral presentations and an online discussion forum.

Work term submission due dates

Your submission is due on the first day of classes following each work term. If you’re graduating in November, your submission is due August 15. If you're graduating in June, your work term submission is due April 15.

Your work submission will be marked with a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” Unsatisfactory reports can be redone to earn a “satisfactory.”

Work term submission guidelines

How to submit

Submit your work term report as a .doc or pdf file to .