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Social Sciences

If you're studying social sciences, you could participate in co-op in:

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

Learn how co-op works and read about students' experiences. Plus, check out how co-op can work with your schedule.

Graduate students

All Social Sciences graduate students are eligible for co-op. You can apply in September or January after you have started your program and before you finish your final project (e.g., thesis, major project or dissertation). Speak to your supervisor about your plans.

Attend an online info session

 Join an online info session on September 7, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You’ll learn about:

  • how to join Social Sciences co-op
  • program requirements
  • jobs that co-op students have had in the past
  • and more!

Get your questions answered by the Social Sciences co-op coordinators. Register to attend in the Co-op Portal.

How co-op works

Co-op gives you hands-on paid work experience related to what you're studying. It's the perfect way to develop your skills and find a career you love.

Learn more about what co-op ishow it works with your degree, and what to expect as a co-op student

The number of work terms you'll complete varies:

  • co-op (undergraduate): completing 3 work terms earns the co-op designation
  • co-op (graduate): completing 2 work terms (master's) or 3 work terms (doctoral) earns the co-op designation
  • work experience program*: 1 or 2 work terms

*Typically, students in 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 you will not receive the co-op designation when you graduate.

Learn more about:

Where can you go with co-op?

Wherever you want!

Set a goal and work towards it - you'll build skills and gain experience one each work term. Here are a few examples of goals that some students have set.

Goal: to work in international development

  • First co-op: co-op writer for The Lookout Newsletter with the National Defence Canada in Esquimalt
  • Volunteer position: committee member with the Quadra Village Community Centre
  • Second co-op: communications assistant with Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Third co-op: junior program officer/analyst with the Canadian International Development Agency

Goal: To work as a policy maker and analyst

  • First co-op: science facilitator with Science World in Vancouver
  • Volunteer position: research assistant with a T.A./graduate student to help with their graduate research
  • Second co-op: research assistant with BC Ministry of Labour and Citizen’s Services
  • Third co-op: policy analyst with the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, Mineral Titles Branch

What can you do with your degree?

 Not sure what career options you'd like to explore? Use this tool to explore the possibilities. 


To join social sciences co-op, you must be a full-time student and have completed your first year of study. You should not have completed all the coursework for your degree as the program is meant to be completed during your curricular studies. 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've 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 4.5
    • GPA 4.5 in all GEOG courses
  • Political Science: overall GPA 5.0
    • GPA 5.0 in 100- and 200-level POLI courses
  • 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

Program formats

Social Sciences Co-op 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 3 co-op work terms to earn the co-op designation
  • work experience program: completing 1 or 2 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 2 or 3 work terms consecutively with the same organization (some students and employers appreciate longer placements) or with different organizations

Learn more about these types of co-op.

How to join

You can apply to join co-op between June 15 and September 15 by logging into the co-op portal.

  • use your UVic NetLink ID and password
  • once logged in, select “Co-op” on the navigation menu
  • follow the prompts to complete your application

Note: You'll be unable to apply if: 

  • you've previously been or are currently in another co-op program at UVic
  • you're NOT in the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • you're trying to apply outside of the admission periods

If you are unable to apply through the portal, please contact your co-op coordinator

Once you're admitted

Once admitted, you'll enroll in the exclusive-to-co-op Introduction to Professional Practice course in Brightspace. It includes self-directed reading and assignments, as well as live Zoom meetings offered several times each week to fit your schedule

Sample jobs and employers

Social sciences students are technically skilled (numbers, technology) as well as interested in community, social and environmental involvement (communication and collaboration skills).

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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Corrections Canada – junior parole officer
  • BC Stats – research assistant
  • UVic Welcome Centre – student recruiter
  • Beacon Community Services – workshop facilitator & volunteer coordinator
  • CanAssist – job coach

Average salaries

You'll receive a salary from your employer during each co-op work term. Co-op salaries vary according to many factors, including:

  • your previous work experience
  • the industry you're working in
  • the responsibilities of your co-op job

Here is an average monthly salary for a work term in social sciences:

  • undergraduate: $3119.63
  • graduate: $3955.53

View salary estimates for all programs.


Co-op students pay a co-op tuition fee for each work term. It's free to join co-op and attend the preparation course—you'll pay your tuition fee after you secure a co-op work term.

You'll pay your fees according to the same tuition fee deadlines as regular course fees.

Fees per work term for undergraduate students:

  • domestic students: $776.20
  • international students: $1,510.16

Fees per work term for graduate students:

  • domestic students: $776.20
  • international students: $976.27

Note that the graduate co-op tuition fee is different than the graduate installment fee. If you are a grad student and register for a co-op work term, during that term, you'll pay:

  • the grad co-op program fee  
  • the grad ancillary fees

If you register for a course (e.g. thesis 596 or 598) and a co-op work term in the same term, during that term, you'll pay:

  • the grad co-op program tuition fee
  • the course tuition fee
  • the grad ancillary fees

Questions about co-op tuition fees? Email us or call 250-721-7032 for assistance.

Career ideas

UVic offers a ton of hands-on learning opportunities related to what you're studying. This includes field schools, internships and more.

You can explore opportunities and career paths for your academic program area:

Interested in volunteering?  Find a volunteer position that inspires you.

Want to work with an academic adviser? Book an appointment.

Office & contacts

Our regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office: Cornett Building, B Wing, Room B138

Co-op coordinators:
Anaïs Holdaway (Anthropology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Restoration of Natural Systems & Sociology)

Natasha Jamal (Economics, Political Science & Psychology)

Dave Hutchinson 

Co-op assistant: 
Linda Marley

Get support

We're here to support you with every step in your co-op journey, from applying to co-op to making sure you're supported at work. Contact your co-op coordinator or office for assistance.

If you identify as having a disability or a mental health condition, if you belong to an equity group, or if you identify as Indigenous, we have additional supports for your co-op experience.