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Earn while you learn

Through co-operative education (co-op), you can alternate terms in class with paid work terms in jobs related to your field of study.

You'll try different jobs, earn a salary, meet employers and gain relevant experience—all during your UVic degree!

Co-op at UVic is available for students in almost every program.


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Ensuring everyone feels welcome

We want to include and accommodate all. Learn about our equity, diversity and inclusion, accessibility and health and wellness resources.


Student experiences

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Kirsten Krajnc - Civil engineering student Kirsten learned how to collect historical weather data while working with Indigenous Services Canada.

Health Information Science
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Andrew Abuleal - Health information science student Andrew worked to improve healthcare in Kenya on an international work term at Aga Khan University.

Three women stand in front of the First Peoples House. They are holding law books and looking at each other.

Kirsty Broadhead - UVic Law student Kirsty combined passion and research with an Indigenous law work term at the Indigenous Law Research Unit.

Fine Arts
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Anahita Ranjbar - Art history and visual studies student Anahita worked as a gallery assistant with Winchester Galleries, where she curated and advertised exhibitions.
Social Sciences
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Nhan (Young) Nguyen - Nhan (Young) spent a co-op with the Comox Valley Project Watershed as a field and research assistant on a marine conservation project.

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Angela Yu - BCom co-op student Angela was a voice for mental illness in the community during her work term at the United Way Greater Victoria.
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Looking for career help?

Career Services is here to help you succeed at work during your time at UVic and beyond. We run workshops and programs, offer in-person support and provide many online resources to help you navigate your career.

Co-op Students of the Year

Each year, we recognize three co-op students with outstanding achievements in their academic studies, workplace performance and community involvement. Winners are announced in November.

One student is selected from each of our three major program areas:

Learn about the nomination process.

Territory acknowledgment

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Learn about co-op opportunities for Indigenous students. Employers can access information about hiring Indigenous students.

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