Bring your learning to life


Graduate with a great resume

Les Ketchell (earth and ocean sciences) spent a summer co-op work term as a field assistant with First Point Minerals in the Dease Lake region of Northern BC.

Co-operative education
Campbell with an injured owl

Clarify your strengths, interests and goals

Co-op student Emily Campbell (biology) worked at the Hope for Wildlife Society in Seaforth, Nova Scotia, where she fed and cared for injured and orphaned wildlife.

Career compass

Build competencies and learn to market yourself

Charlotte Houston (environmental studies) monitored wildlife in the field during her co-op as a resource conservation assistant for Parks Canada in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.

Build competencies
Simon Page

Build a valuable network of contacts and references

Simon Page (recreation and health education) worked as a volunteer coordinator for the Victoria Jazz Society, where he recruited, scheduled and managed volunteers for summer concerts and festivals.

Search for work

Earn income to help pay for tuition

Yamila Franco (biology), an international student from the Dominican Republic, spent a co-op work term as a youth STEM instructor at UVic's Science Venture summer camp.

Sample co-op salaries

Co-operative education

At UVic, learning extends beyond the classroom. More than one in three UVic students takes part in our extremely popular co-operative education program (co-op), which allows you to alternate terms in class with paid work terms in positions related to your field of study. We also offer a shorter, more flexible work experience program option.

UVic's co-op program is one of the largest and most respected in Canada, and our co-op grads are more likely to land a job sooner, be promoted faster and earn a higher salary than graduates who didn't take part in co-op.

As a co-op student, you'll:

  • try out different jobs working for employers in your field
  • graduate with a great résumé packed with relevant work experience
  • build a valuable network of contacts and references
  • earn income to help pay for tuition
  • clarify your strengths, interests and goals
  • build competencies and learn to market yourself to employers
  • graduate with a special "Co-op" designation on your degree (after completing all required work terms)
  • boost your chances of landing a great job after graduation

Learn more about co-op programs. Contact your co-op program listed below for details and how to apply.

Co-op programs available

Career Services and online career resources

Career Services and online career resources

All students and alumni can access free career development support through Career Services, including:

  • career help by drop-in or appointment
  • career workshops in McPherson Library on résumés, interviewing, networking and LinkedIn
  • career programs (Horizons and Navigator) on career exploration and finding work (online and self-paced)
  • job postings for work, co-op and volunteer opportunities
  • online career resources on career options, career and competency development, searching for work, résumés, interviews and more
  • Learning in Motion portal (sign in with your NetLink ID)
Career offices
  • Main Career Services office (All programs except Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Law)
    Phone: 250-721-8421 | Email:  | Building: CSB 110 next to the Bookstore (map)
  • Business Career office
    Phone: 250-721-6087 | Email:  | Building: BEC 112 (map)
  • Engineering and Computer Science/Math Career office
    Phone: 250-472-5825 | Email:  | Building: ECS 210 (map)

Co-op student experiences

“TreeRover" is the brainchild of two third year UVic electrical engineering students, Nick Birch and Tyler Rhodes. As part of an entrepreneurial co-op work term, they merged their love for the forests of Vancouver Island with their passion for sustainable technologies by forming a company—Iota Enterprises—to build this prototype of a reforestation robot.

Wondering what it's like to be a co-op student, or what sort of jobs you could try? Check out our co-op student stories!