Put your learning in motion

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Congratulations to our co-op students of the year

Gaëlle Madevon, Tesi Carmona Wagner and Silvia Penkova—who specialized in communications, animal behaviour and submarine refitting, respectively, during their work terms—are our 2014 Co-op Students of the Year.

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Top of the crop for co-op

Angus Rittenburg (above), Connor Bildfell and Ross Prager are the 2013 Co-op Students of the Year. Rittenburg spent his work terms with engineering organizations, working on electric bikes, cars, rockets and robots; Bildfell was an accountant for KPMG LLP; and Prager focused on healthcare and neuroscience research.

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Co-op student in Africa

Building community by coaching rugby in Africa

Vikes rugby players Sofija Novakovic and Caitlin Harvey spent 20 days in Uganda this summer, supporting Gainline Africa's international development work using the sport of rugby to support healthy communities.

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Biology co-op students study raccoons in unorthodox "office"

Thomas Diesch and Ashley Currie, biology students researching raccoons in the Gulf Islands, as research associates collecting data on their location and numbers and the impact they have on songbirds and inter-tidal species.

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Working with local organizations to foster learning and community engagement

Political science student Katheryn Jones’ work had a global impact. She spent a co-op term with the Q'ente Textile Revitalization Society. The non-profit society works directly with weavers of the Sacred Valley region of Peru by providing an outlet to sell textiles in North America.

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Co-op experience in Australia

Ashley Burbidge (biology) poses with Jessie, one of the students from the Australian boarding school she worked at in 2011.

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

Program Email Phone Staff list (larger offices)
Biochemistry and Microbiology 250-721-8813
Biology 250-721-8637
Business 250-721-6054 Staff list
Chemistry 250-721-7155
Computer Science and Math 250-472-5800 Staff list
Earth and Ocean Sciences 250-721-7713
Engineering 250-472-5800 Staff list
Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education 250-472-4690
Health Information Science 250-721-6458
Humanities and Fine Arts 250-721-8841
Law 250-721-8195
Physics and Astronomy 250-721-7713
Public Administration 250-721-8061
Social Sciences 250-721-8689
International co-op 250-721-6076

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 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

Each year, three Co-op Student of the Year awards recognize students' outstanding achievements in all aspects of performance, including academic achievement, workplace performance, and extracurricular, community and co-op involvement. One winning student is selected from each of our three major program areas.

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!