Co-op for graduate students

Co-op for graduate students
Public administration co-op student Emma Fraser spent a work term as a HR coordinator with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Did you know that UVic is home to the largest graduate co-op program in Canada? Co-op can be an amazing addition to your master's or doctoral studies.

A third of co-op students find permanent positions with their former co-op employers after graduation, making co-op a smart choice to launch your career.

WHAT IS CO-OP? Check out general co-op information to learn more.

Graduate co-op eligibility

  • Co-op is available to graduate students in most program areas. 
  • Grad students are also eligible for the shorter Work Experience Program option.
  • For both programs, your admission will be determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department.

Co-op and your graduate research

Grad students often arrange co-op work terms that are related to their final projects, theses or dissertations. You can apply for jobs posted by employers or talk to your co-op coordinator to arrange funding for a job specific to your research area. 

If you're already working closely with a faculty member or industry partner on a joint endeavor that's contributing to your graduate research project, you may be able to count this as a co-op work term. This arrangement would be at the discretion of your school or department and through consultation with your co-op coordinator and graduate adviser.

Academic credit

Grad students earn 3.0 units of credit for each co-op work term completed. These credits go towards the co-op designation you'll receive on your parchment upon graduation (they don't replace the credits you need to complete your academic program). You'll also have full-time student status during your work term.

How to apply

Please look up your co-op program for application details. If you have any questions, please contact your co-op office and they'll be happy to help.

Graduate co-op scholarships

Did you know that some scholarships are awarded to academically outstanding graduate students participating in a co-op work program?

These include the Peninsula Co-op Award and the Joyce Clearihue Graduate Scholarship.

For the Peninsula Co-op Award, preference will be given to a member or the child of a member of the Peninsula Consumer Services Cooperative. The application deadline is typically August 31. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Graduate Awards Committee. To apply:

  1. Visit Grad Studies and select UVic Grad Donor Awards requiring an application
  2. Scroll down to the Peninsula Co-op Award (awards are alphabetical, this one is under MacPherson).
  3. Apply using the live link in the award description. The live link to the form is found in the award description here.