Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op
Put your learning in motion.
Through co-op, you'll alternate your academic terms with co-op terms working for biochemistry or microbiology employers. You’ll gain relevant, paid work experience, build competencies, and learn how to succeed after graduation. Wondering what co-op's like? Check out our student stories!
On a co-op work term, 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
- How to apply
- The co‑op process
- Fees and funding
- Find a co‑op work term
- WHMIS Test
- During your work term
- After your work term
- Résumé and cover letter tips
- Sample job descriptions
- Co‑op student stories
- Co‑op forms
How to apply
To apply to the Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op/Internship Program, you must:
- have (and maintain) a minimum B average
- be enrolled full-time at UVic
- be majoring in biochemistry or microbiology
- be prepared to travel across Canada for work terms
When to apply
You should apply to co-op by September 30 of your second year of study, although third-year entry is also possible.
Graduating with co-op or internship designation
If you successfully complete the requirements of the Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op/Intermship Program, you'll earn a co-op or internship designation on your degree when you graduate. Undergraduate students must complete four work terms to graduate with a co-op designation and 12 or 16 months of consecutive work terms to graduate with an internship deisgnation.
How to apply
Want to join Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op? Submit the following:
- A completed application form
- The names of two references who can comment on you as a student or employee
- College and other university transcripts: Order these from each institution.
- UVic transcript: We can access this, so don’t worry about submitting it.
We'll hold each part of your application package until it's complete.
If you applied as a second-year student...
... you’ll hear back by mid-October. If you’re accepted, you’ll probably do your first work term in May.
In the middle of November, you’ll attend prep sessions to learn how to apply for jobs. You’ll start applying for jobs in January.
If you applied as a third-year student...
... you’ll hear back by early September. If you’re accepted, you’ll probably do your first work term in January.
In the middle of September, you’ll attend prep sessions to learn how to apply for jobs. At the end of September, you can attend presentations by students who have just finished a work term.
Biochemistry/Microbiology Work Experience Program
Not sure if co-op is right for you? As a biochemistry/microbiology student, you can apply to the Biochemistry/Microbiology Work Experience Program at any time during your degree and complete one or two paid work terms instead of four. You’ll receive the same benefits and support as a co-op student, and you can choose to transfer into the Biochemistry/Microbiology Co-op Program later on (if it's still early enough in your studies).
Program requirements and the application process are the same as for co-op—please see the other tabs on this page.
Questions about the Work Experience Program? Please contact us.