Learn about co-op

Co-op offers a unique approach to help you start building your career while you're still at university. It's designed to work around your academic courses, so you'll complement what you're learning in class with practical workplace experience. 

Co-op is collaborative—students, employers and the university all play an important part!

Co-op benefits

Try a range of co-op jobs

Co-op gives you access to a variety of job postings that employers reserve for students. You can try different jobs, sectors and work environments to gain a better sense of your passions, strengths and goals—working in Victoria, across Canada or internationally. You'll have support from your co-op office as you apply for job opportunities.

Gain work experience and skills

Co-op gives you relevant work experience to list on your résumé and helps you build practical skills.  You'll go through a preparation course to get you job-ready, and we use a competency-based model to help you assess, build and market your skills to employers. You'll meet regularly with your co-op coordinator, set goals with your job supervisors, and check in about your competency development through regular assessments.

Make connections with employers

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! Co-op is an amazing way to meet employers and make an impact. Many employers use co-op as a recruitment strategy, treating co-op work terms like an extended interview to consider you for future employment. After graduation, a third of our co-op students find permanent positions with their former co-op employers. 

Hear about co-op from co-op students

See more videos from the Co-op in action: students tell their stories playlist on YouTube.