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Political Science Co-op

Danielle (political science) spent a work term at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Danielle (political science) spent a co-op work term at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


Put your learning in motion.

Social Sciences Co-opAs a political science co-op student, you can compliment your academic terms with co-op terms working for a range of employers.  You'll develop career-related competencies, earn some extra cash, and boost your chances of landing your dream job after graduation.

There are two application deadlines each year: Sept 20 and Jan 20.

Wondering what it's like to be a co-op student? Ask a political science co-op student - email Michael for a student's perspective. Or check out our student stories!

Contact: Main office - 250-721-8689, sscoop@uvic.ca | Barb Fisher (co-op coordinator) - 250-721-8969, bfisher@uvic.ca
Office: David Turpin Building A204 (map)
Department: Political Science


Our programs and how to apply

Co-op Program

Co-op Program

The Political Science Co-op Program is an optional co-op program. You can apply to this program as an undergraduate student if you:

  • are a full-time UVic student and are taking at least 12 units per year
  • have completed your first year of study
  • have a 5.0 GPA (B average) overall and a 5.0 GPA (B average) in all political science courses 
  • are willing to accept work term placements elsewhere in Canada

All political science graduate students are eligible to take part in co-op but need to complete the application form and submit by the Sept 20 or Jan 20th deadline. Contact our office for details.

Graduating with co-op designation

If you successfully complete all your required co-op work terms, you'll earn a co-op designation on your degree. Undergraduate students must complete three four-month work terms to graduate with co-op designation. Graduate students must complete two to three work terms.

Work Experience Program

Work Experience Program

Not sure if co-op’s right for you? As an undergraduate student studying political science in the Faculty of Social Sciences, you can participate in the Political Science Work Experience Program.

You can apply to this flexible program at any time during your degree (although the program is best suited to fourth- or fifth-year undergraduate students) and complete two paid work terms with employers in your field, instead of three or four. You’ll receive all the same benefits and support as a co-op student.

Once accepted into the Work Experience Program, you can transfer to the co-op program later, as long as you meet the co-op requirements. You’ll then have the opportunity to complete extra work terms and graduate with a co-op designation on your degree.

How to apply (for both programs)

How to apply

To apply to Political Science Co-op, drop off a completed application package to the co-op office in SSM A204 (map). Your application package should include:

  1. A completed application form: download an application form or pick one up from DTB A204.
  2. A cover letter: Your one-page cover letter should introduce yourself and explain why you're applying.
  3. An updated résumé: Include your latest experiences, including extracurricular activities (volunteer, sports, outdoor, arts).
  4. Unofficial transcripts from post-secondary institutions (including UVic). Photocopies are accepted.

When to apply to the Co-op Program

There are two admission periods and corresponding application deadlines: Sept 20 and Jan 20 of eaach year.

When to apply to the Work Experience Program

Application to this program is the same as for the co-op program: Sept 20 and Jan 20 of each year.

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