Is co-op available in your program?

Many UVic programs offer optional co-op - this means you need to apply to take part. Other programs are rolled into your academic program.

What's co-op like?

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Co-op programs

Biochemistry and Microbiology

Biochemistry and Microbiology Co-op is an optional co-op program.

Your co-op office


Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements:

  • Minimum B average
  • Full-time UVic student majoring in biochemistry or microbiology

Application deadline: September 30 for students in their second year of study. Alternate entry points may be possible; please contact your co-op office.


How to apply

To apply, make sure you meet the application requirements and submit the following to your co-op office:

When will you hear back?

  • Second-year students – Mid-October (first work term likely May)
  • Third-year students – Late September (first work term likely January)


Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience
  • Co-op Internship
  • Post-degree Internship

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format.

The following program formats are availabe: 

  • Traditional Co-op: 16 months of work alternating with your academic terms
  • Work experience program: four to 12 months of work alternating with your academic terms
  • Co-op internship: 12 months of consecutive work
  • Post-degree internship: four to 12 months of work following your academic terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

As a Biochem/Micro student, you could work for: 

  • Academic research labs and institutes
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries
  • Government agencies
  • Food, chemical and equipment manufacturers

On your work terms, you could:

  • Monitor industrial fermentation processes
  • Test clinical, environmental, food and water samples for microbial or chemical contamination
  • Conduct original research using modern biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, genomics and proteomics technology

For a list of specific sample co-op jobs, please .


What to do before, during and after your work term

Please contact your Co-op office for access to the overview of everything you need to do before, during and after your work term.

Work term deliverables

At the end of each work term, you must

  1. Complete your competency reflection
  2. Complete a work term report
  3. Deliver a 10-minute oral presentation. 

Please contact your Co-op office for access to the overview of everything you need to do before, during and after your work term.

You should also:


Biology

Biology Co-op is an optional co-op program.

Your co-op office


Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements:

  • Minimum B average
  • Completed first year of study in the Faculty of Science

Application deadlines:

  • August 31 for early intake (first work term in January)
  • September 30 for regular intake (first work term in May)


How to apply

Submit the following form:

When you'll hear back:

  • If you applied by August 31 – Early September (first work term likely January)
  • If you applied by Sept 30 – Mid-October (first work term likely May)

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular courseload.

 

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Internship (also known as post-study internship)

Read more about co-op formats

Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms
  • Work experience program: One to three work terms
  • Internship (post-study internship): Four, eight or 12 months


Sample employers and co-op jobs

As a biology co-op student, you could work for co-op employers in:

  • Marine biology
  • Fisheries and forestry
  • Resource management
  • Pest management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife assessment and tracking
  • Botany
  • Genetics and microbiology
  • Medical research

Some of our past biology co-op students have held these positions:

  • Assistant wildlife biologist – Parks Canada (Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks)
  • Environment regulatory and sustainability co-op student – Devon Energy Corporation 
  • Eulachon assessment and pelagic ecosystems – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Pacific Biological Station)
  • Junior wildlife rehabilitator – BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Biological weed and pest control assistant – Cultural Agricultural Bureau International (Switzerland)

In Biology Co-op, we encourage you to seek out job options beyond the co-op postings on Learning In Motion (through your personal or professional connections or other online internet postings). These resources can help:


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:


Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.


Chemistry

Chemistry Co-op is an optional co-op program.

Your co-op office


Application requirements and deadlines

Eligibility for admission is determined based on the following criteria and a personal interview, which takes into account your academics and history. If you're not sure whether you meet these criteria, please contact the co-op coordinator at 

Undergraduate students

  • Students must be enrolled in a Chemistry Major or Honors Program
  • Students normally should have a minimum B average in chemistry courses taken during their latest academic session
  • Students are eligible to apply to the co-op program after they have completed a minimum of 1 year of classes at UVic, or have an equivalent of transfer credit from another institution.

Graduate students

  • All graduate students, both domestic and international, are eligible to participate with the consent of their academic supervisor.
Application deadline: The next application deadline will be September 30, 2020.

How to apply

To apply, you must:

Complete the application form.

If you have any questions, please email Arkady Futerman at .

When you'll hear back

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis.

Summer applications: Response time during the months of July and August can be lengthy due to the work load of the co-op office. If you have submitted an application and have not heard anything after 2 weeks, please emails scico@uvic.ca to inquire about your appliation status.

September applications: Applications submitted in September will be assessed within 3 business days.

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice (IPP) before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular course load.

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Other formats possible – Flexible work term scheduling (work terms can be done in spring, summer or fall terms, and multi-term work terms are possible)

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms (for Co-op designation)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

Some of our chemistry students have worked in the following co-op jobs:

  • Viticulture research assistant – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Formulation and analytical chemist – EcoSafe Natural Products Inc.
  • Process operator – Teck Ltd.
  • Analytical assistant – Tata Global Beverages
  • Outreach instructor – Actua
  • Organics, advanced extractions – ALS Laboratory Group
  • Structure, properties and performance Researcher – Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation
  • Medicinal chemistry researcher – Centre for Drug Research and Development
  • Analytical chemistry student – PBR Laboratories Inc.


Requirements after each work term

After each work term, you must:


Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.

Co-op resources and materials

Earth and Ocean Sciences

Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) Co-op is an optional co-op program.

Your co-op office

Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements:

  • Minimum B average (GPA 4.5)
  • Pursuing full-time major or honours in EOS (including combined programs)

Application deadline:

  • August 31 for early intake (first work term in January)
  • September 30 for regular intake (first work term in May)

How to apply

To apply, submit the following to eosco@uvic.ca: 

  • An Earth and Ocean Sciences Co-op application form
  • A cover letter — introduce yourself and why you're applying
  • An up-to-date résumé — include extracurricular activities
  • Two reference forms — ask two references to submit this form (one academic and one professional)
  • Transcripts (previous institutions only—no UVic transcripts needed)

When you'll hear back:

  • If you applied by August 31 – Early September (first work term likely January)
  • If you applied by Sept 30 – Mid-October (first work term likely May)

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular courseload.

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Other formats possible – Flexible work term scheduling (work terms can be done in spring, summer or fall terms, and multi-term work terms are possible)

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms (for Co-op designation)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

You could work in jobs related to:

  • Climate change
  • Earthquakes
  • Mining
  • Air and water quality
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife assessment and tracking
  • Botany

Some of our earth and ocean sciences students have worked in the following co-op jobs:

  • Upstream environmental operation, water team – Husky Energy Inc.
  • Research geomorphologist assistant – BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Laboratory assistant, petrophysics – Natural Resources Canada
  • Oceanographic data processing – Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Coastal naturalist – Calliope Consulting Inc.
  • Junior project officer – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Geologist co-op student – Teck Ltd.
  • Underwater acoustic analyst – Ocean Networks Canada
  • Environmental co-op student – National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Digital remote sensing research – Natural Resources Canada


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report by September 15, January 15 or May 15 (please email a copy to eosco@uvic.ca and drop off a hard copy to your co-op office)
  • Sign up for your oral presentation
  • Submit a debriefing form (by September 15, January 15 or May 15)
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.


Graduate Education

Co-operative education is available for students studying the following graduate-level programs in the Faculty of Education:

  • Child and Youth Care
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Master of Education
  • Public Health and Social Policy
  • Social Dimensions in Health

Your co-op office

 

Program information

Graduate-level co-op is available in the following program areas in the Faculty of Education:

  • Child and Youth Care
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
  • Master of Education
  • Public Health and Social Policy
  • Social Dimensions in Health

Program facts

  • Graduate level
  • Two work terms required for master's students
  • Three work terms required for doctoral students
  • Programs are optional

What kinds of co-op jobs are available?

You could work for:

  • Government ministries responsible for education (K-12 and post-secondary)
  • School districts, adult education associations and professional organizations

Other options:

  • Connect with your co-op coordinator to arrange funding for a job specific to your area of research.
  • 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 co-op work term. This arrangement would be at the discretion of your school or department through consultation with your co-op coordinator and graduate adviser.


After your work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Complete your final online competency assessment
  • Submit a work term report
  • Update your address on MyPage


Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE) Co-op offers mandatory and optional programs depending on your program area:

Mandatory programs Optional programs
Recreation and Health Education (BA) Kinesiology (BSc)
Coaching Studies* Physical and Health Education Major (BA)
Exercise Science, Physical and Heath Education*

*Graduate-level programs

Your co-op office

Recreation and Health Education Major (BA)

Program facts

  • Undergraduate level
  • Three work terms required (fourth optional)
  • Mandatory co-op program—no need to apply

Gain experience related to:

  • Understanding and applying psychological and social determinants to the delivery of programs and services in the field of Recreation and Health Education
  • Research and implementation of wellness strategies in the areas of health, health promotion, play, sport, leisure, recreation, physical activity, culture, long term health, outdoors, and wellness
  • Identifying key values and shared vision to use these principles to guide action in the fields of Recreation and Health Education
  • Responding to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness as they relate to community development and health and recreation goals

Here's an example of a co-op video assignment made by a student in this program:


Physical and Health Education Major (BA)

Program facts

  • Undergraduate level
  • Three work terms required (fourth optional)
  • Optional co-op program— select co-op when applying. Apply by January 31 of first year.

Gain experience related to:

  • Understanding and applying psychological and social determinants to the delivery of programs and services in the field of Recreation and Health Education
  • Research and implementation of wellness strategies in the areas of health, health promotion, play, sport, leisure, recreation, physical activity, culture, long term health, outdoors, and wellness
  • Identifying key values and shared vision to use these principles to guide action in the fields of Recreation and Health Education
  • Responding to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness as they relate to community development and health and recreation goals

Kinesiology (BSc)

Program facts

  • Undergraduate level
  • Optional co-op program—select co-op when applying for Kinesiology. Minimum B average (GPA 5.0) required. Apply by September 30.
  • Three work terms are required for designation (a fourth is optional)

Gain experience related to:

  • Physiological assessment of fitness and performance
  • Prescription and management of exercise programs
  • Psychological implications of physical activity across the lifespan
  • Medicine and rehabilitation


Sample Recreation and Kinesiology co-op jobs and responsibilities

You could work for:

  • Municipal recreation departments and provincial ministries
  • Rehabilitation centres and therapeutic programs
  • Outdoor education centres
  • Community schools and other educational institutions
  • Sport organizations
  • Fitness, wellness and leisure programs
  • Residences for seniors
  • Residential and day camps for children and youth

To promote health and well-being, you could:

  • design promotional material for community leisure facilities
  • use communication tools to encourage physical activity in the community
  • organize, facilitate and coordinate project meetings and events
  • plan, implement and evaluate fundraising, health promotion or sporting events
  • liaise with community partners
  • work with athletic facility staff
  • manage databases, analyze statistics, and prepare briefing notes and reports related to health promotion programs
  • process, register and support members of professional associations

To help others become active or move efficiently, you could:

  • facilitate physical activities and sports for children
  • assist others to develop their fundamental motor skills
  • work alongside a therapist to assess and assist a client throughout their rehabilitation
  • encourage individuals with disabilities to pursue physical activity, leisure and recreation
  • design, modify and instruct appropriate, effective fitness programs for diverse participants
  • provide initial health screening, monitor progress and make  adjustments to wellness/activity programs
  • guide groups on tours, activities or adventures
  • help with research projects that assist in changing individual and community health behaviours
  • work with athletes to understand what contributes to their performance

Coaching Studies (MEd)

Program facts

Gain experience related to:

  • Educating athletes regarding skill, performance, biomechanics and sport psychology
  • Communicating standards of practice with other professionals to advance the field of coaching
  • The use and communication of needs assessments to reflect goals of the sport and athlete development
  • Planning, implementing, and documenting coaching strategies and outcomes to influence future action

You could work for:

  • School-based athletic programs
  • Post-secondary athletic programs
  • High level athletic programs
  • Canadian Sport Centres

Other EPHE graduate programs (MA, MSc, PhD)

Graduate students in EPHE are also able to participate in co-op. Optional co-op programs include:

  • Kinesiology (MA, MSc, PhD)
  • Physical Education (MA)
  • Leisure Service Administration (MA)

Program facts:

  • Graduate level
  • Two work terms for Master’s degree, three work terms for doctoral degrees
  • Optional co-op program

For more information on the co-op program and how to apply, please email the co-op coordinator at epheco@uvic.ca.

Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Complete your final online competency assignment
  • Submit your final assignments (see examples below)
  • Submit a Work Term Debrief Form
  • Let the EPHE co-op office know when you plan to complete your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term challenges

Many students entering the field of Recreation & Health Education and Kinesiology are admitted into their programs having had a range of work experiences. Completing a work term challenge is a means to honour this work experience and help you complete your degree in a timely way.

If you have had relevant work experience, you may propose a work term challenge in lieu of one of your required work terms. Learn how to request a Work Term Challenge.

Once approved, you'll need to complete a reflective paper outlining the learning you've experienced. View the Work Term Challenge Report Sample.

Certifications and training

Many EPHE co-op jobs require or recommend specific certifications. See certifications and training for information about how to earn these.


Health Information Science

Health Information Science Co-op is a mandatory co-op program.

Your co-op office

Program facts

Undergraduate programs:

These are mandatory co-op programs – you are automatically enrolled as a Health Information Science student and required to complete three work terms.

Graduate programs:

We offer our graduate students an optional co-op opportunity which provides paid, hands-on employment experience in health informatics.

This double-degree program includes a mandatory co-op component; students are required to complete two co-op work terms.


Program formats available

The Health Information Science Co-op Program offers the following formats:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on the co-op format:

  • Co-op (undergraduate programs): Three work terms
  • Co-op (graduate programs): Two work terms (for Co-op designation)
  • Work experience program: One work term (graduate program)


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage

Your co-op office will provide you with information about your work term report and debriefing session.


Humanities and Fine Arts

Humanities and Fine Arts (HUFA) Co-op is an optional program available for students studying:

  • Cultural Resource Management
  • English
  • French
  • Gender Studies
  • Germanic/Slavic Studies
  • Greek/Roman Studies
  • History
  • Hispanic/Italian Studies
  • Humanities - general studies
  • Art History and Visual Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Intercultural Education and Training Program
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Pacific/Asian Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Professional Communication
  • Professional Writing
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing

Your co-op office

Application requirements and deadline

Application requirements (undergraduate students):

  • You can apply for co-op beginning in second year
  • Minimum B average (GPA 5.0)
  • Full-time student (minimum 6.0 course units per term)
  • Be registered in at least one of the following:
    • Degree program (BA, BFA, BSc, BMus) in the Faculties of Humanities or Fine Arts 
    • English Minor in Professional Communication 
    • Fine Arts Minor in Professional Writing 
    • Diploma in Intercultural Education and Training 
    • Cultural Resource Management Program 
    • Intercultural Education Program

Graduate students – Please contact the co-op office for admission requiremements.

Application deadlines:

  • September 25, 2020
  • January 22, 2021

Join our virtual townhalls:

Join on of our virtual townhalls or email  to meet your co-op coordinator!

  • Virtual Town halls
    • September 18, from 12pm - 1pm 
    • September 22, from 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Sign up for these events on the Co-op and Career portal


How to apply

You can apply for the humanities co-op program online.

To apply online:

 

Requirements after you're accepted

Once you're accepted to the co-op program, you'll be expected to successfully complete a workshop series (called Introduction to Professional Practice) in the term in which you are accepted to the program.

The following topics will be covered: Co-op program expectations, job seeking strategies (i.e., résumé writing, cover letter writing, interviewing, networking), competencies  and self-assessment, developing learning objectives, reflective learning, and transferring skills to the workplace.

You will complete:

  • four 75-minute sessions
  • a 25-minute mock interview (this includes the application process & feedback)
  • an eligibility meeting
  • related online readings and assignments

Check with your co-op coordinator for the program schedule.

 

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Co-op (traditional format)
  • Work experience program
  • Parallel co-op (part-time)
  • Post-study internship
  • Entrepreneurial co-op

Read more about these co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your degree level:

Undergraduate co-op

  • Co-op (traditional format): Three work terms (fourth or fifth optional)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms

Graduate co-op

  • Master's students – Two work terms
  • PhD students – Three work terms
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms
  • Continuing Studies Diploma – One work term


Sample employers

During your co-op terms, you could work for:

  • Government (municipal, provincial or federal)
  • Theatres
  • Galleries
  • Libraries
  • Arts groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Newspapers and publishers
  • Private companies (all sizes)


Requirements during the work term

During the work term, you'll complete competency assessments at the start, middle and end of your experience. You'll also have a work site visit.

Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report by September 15, January 15 or May 15
  • Sign up for a debriefing session with your coordinator (held the third week of September, January and May)
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report submission

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report. HUFA students may choose from several options; please see work term report options (pdf) for details.

Read past students' work term reports


Law

The UVic Law Co-op Program is the only comprehensive common-law program of its kind in Canada. The legal profession is broad and diverse, and Law Co-op provides an excellent opportunity for law students to explore career options.

 

Your co-op office

How to apply

Students registered in first-year Law at the University of Victoria are eligible for admission to the Law Co-op Program in accordance with the Law Co-op Regulations and the Co-op policies/procedures outlined in the Law Co-op Student Handbook.

Students enrolled in the JD + MBA double degree program or the JD + MPA double degree program prior to starting first year law school will not be eligible to enrol in the Law Co-op Program. Students that are admitted to the Law Co-op Program during first year law and subsequently enrol in the JD + MBA double degree program or the JD + MPA double degree program shall withdraw from the Law Coop Program. Students enrolled in the JD + MBA double degree program or the JD + MPA double degree program will be required to complete any mandatory work-terms as specified by the Faculty of Business or the School of Public Administration.


Number of work terms required

Law co-op students are required to complete two work terms.

See Law Co-op and the J.D Program (pdf) for more information and to see how Law Co-op will affect your schedule.


Sample co-op employers

Here are a few of the employers that students have worked for:

  • BC Public Service Agency (Victoria)
  • Department of Justice (Vancouver)
  • Public Prosecution Service of Canada (Yellowknife)
  • Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Services (Nunavut)
  • Environment Canada (Ottawa)
  • Office of the Ombudsperson (Victoria)
  • Cook Roberts (Victoria)
  • Dwyer Tax Lawyers (Victoria)
  • Dinning Hunter Jackson Law (Victoria)
  • Hunter Litigation Chambers (Vancouver)>
  • BCGEU (Burnaby)
  • Pivot Legal Society (Vancouver)
  • Access Pro Bono Society (BC)
  • Chandler & Thong-ek (Bangkok, Thailand)

Some students go on to article with their previous co-op employers after law school. 


Requirements after each work term

At the end of each work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term report (see below for details)
  • Update your address on MyPage


Work term report guidelines

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report (due when you return to campus) that includes a reflective component and a sample work-product. The reflective component of the report should be written in the first person narrative voice, using complete paragraphs (not point-form). This should be no more than a total of five singles spaced pages. Attach a cover page, including student name, co-op employer and term in which the work was completed. The content should include the following:

1.    Describe the work term setting and summarize the activities/projects undertaken on the work term. Comment on outcomes of your activities.
2.    Summarize your competency growth and development throughout the work term, linking this to your academic background, law school courses, and previous work experience.
3.    Comment on the extent to which the Faculty of Law prepared you for this work term.
4.    Append a sample work product (5-10 pages). Provide a summary of the process you followed to complete the work product, any challenges you faced, and competency growth and development attained through completing this work product.

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics Co-op is an optional co-op program.

Your co-op office

Application requirements and deadlines

Eligibility for admission is determined based on the following criteria and a personal interview, which takes into account your academics and history. If you're not sure whether you meet these criteria, please contact the co-op coordinator at 

Undergraduate students

  • Students must be enrolled in a Math/Statistics Major or Honors Program
  • Students normally should have a minimum B- average in math/statistics courses taken during their latest academic session
  • Students are eligible to apply to the co-op program after they have completed a minimum of 1 year of classes at UVic, or have an equivalent of transfer credit from another institution.

Graduate students

  • All graduate students, both domestic and international, are eligible to participate with the consent of their academic supervisor.
Application deadline: The next application deadline will be September 30, 2020.

How to apply

To apply, you must:

Complete the application form.

If you have any questions, please email Arkady Futerman at .

When you'll hear back

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis.

Summer applications: Response time during the months of July and August can be lengthy due to the work load of the co-op office. If you have submitted an application and have not heard anything after 2 weeks, please emails scico@uvic.ca to inquire about your appliation status.

September applications: Applications submitted in September will be assessed within 3 business days.

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice (IPP) before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular course load.

Program formats available

The following program formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Other formats possible – Flexible work term scheduling (work terms can be done in spring, summer or fall terms, and multi-term work terms are possible)

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms depends on your program format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms (for Co-op designation)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

You could work in jobs related to:

  • Data analysis
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Control statistics
  • Logistics
  • And more!

Some of our mathematics and statistics students have worked in the following co-op jobs:

  • Junior Analyst—BC Ministry of Health (Health Sector Information, Analysis and Reporting)
  • Environmental assessment co-op student—Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Investment operations intern—BC Investment Management Corp.
  • Junior developer—Workday (MediaCore)
  • Modelling and analytics support technician—Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Quality assurance analyst co-op student—RevenueWire
  • STEM outreach assistant—African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • Student research assistant in bioinformatics—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Survey methodology co-op student—Statistics Canada
  • Toronto investments analyst—Manulife Financial

Requirements after each work term

After each work term, you must:



Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.



Co-op resources and materials

Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Co-op is an optional co-op program.

Your co-op office

Application requirements and deadlines

Eligibility for admission is determined based on the following criteria and a personal interview, which takes into account your academics and history. If you're not sure whether you meet these criteria, please contact the co-op coordinator at 

Undergraduate students

  • Students must be enrolled in a Physics/Astronomy Major or Honors Program
  • Students normally should have a minimum B average in physics and astronomy courses taken during their latest academic session
  • Students are eligible to apply to the co-op program after they have completed a minimum of 1 year of classes at UVic, or have an equivalent of transfer credit from another institution.

Graduate students

  • All graduate students, both domestic and international, are eligible to participate with the consent of their academic supervisor.

Application deadline: The next application deadline will be September 30, 2020.

How to apply

To apply, you must:

Complete the application form.

If you have any questions, please email Arkady Futerman at .

When you'll hear back

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis.

Summer applications: Response time during the months of July and August can be lengthy due to the work load of the co-op office. If you have submitted an application and have not heard anything after 2 weeks, please emails scico@uvic.ca to inquire about your appliation status.

September applications: Applications submitted in September will be assessed within 3 business days.

Introduction to Professional Practice

As a co-op student, you must complete a preparation course called Introduction to Professional Practice (IPP) before you start your first co-op work term. You'll take this course in addition to your regular course load.

Program formats available

The following formats are available:

  • Traditional co-op
  • Work experience program
  • Other formats possible – Flexible work term scheduling (work terms can be done in spring, summer or fall terms, and multi-term work terms are possible)

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms required

The number of work terms will depend on the co-op format:

  • Co-op: Four work terms (for Co-op designation)
  • Work experience program: One or two work terms


Sample employers and co-op jobs

You could work in jobs related to:

  • Astronomy
  • Geophysics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Oceanography
  • Energy research
  • Communications
  • Medical research
  • Other areas of pure/applied physics

Some of our physics and astronomy students have worked in the following co-op jobs:

  • Astronomy intern – Gemini Observatory
  • Geodynamics computer modelling assistant – Natural Resources Canada
  • PMT test facility researcher – TRIUMF
  • Da Vinci surgical system software/data intern – Intuitive Surgical Inc.
  • Astronomy research assistant – National Research Council of Canada
  • Remote sensing support – University of Victoria
  • Youth STEM instructor – Science Venture
  • Oceanographic data processing – Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Medical physics research assistant – BC Cancer Agency
  • Geophysical assistant – GEOMAR

Requirements after each work term

After each work term, you must:

Work term report and oral presentation

At the end of each work term, you must complete a work term report and an oral presentation.


Co-op resources and materials

Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (MPA) students are automatically enrolled in co-op.

Your co-op office

Program facts

Master of Public Administration Co-op

  • Mandatory co-op program (automatically enrolled; no application required)
  • Online MPA students are not eligible for co-op placements
  • Two work terms mandatory; may choose to complete three work terms
  • Earn Co-op designation after two work terms

Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution Co-op

  • Mandatory co-op program (automatically enrolled; no application required)
  • One work term mandatory OR take DR 517 (Community Service Learning course)
  • Earn Co-op designation after two work terms; may choose to complete three work terms


Program schedule

 

Year of
study
Fall term
(Sept–Dec)
Spring term
(Jan–Apr)
Summer term 
(May–Aug)
1 Study term 1 Co-­op term 1 + One elective (optional). MADR students can take DR517 in lieu of co-op. Study term 2
2 Co­-op term 2 + One elective (optional). MADR students can opt out of co-op. Co-op term 3 (optional) and/or 598 Capstone Project Co-op term 3 (optional—if not already completed)

Note on back-to-back work terms: Students are permitted to take back-to-back co-op terms (upon approval from the co-op coordinator) after your second co-op term. You may not take back-to-back co-op terms after your first co-op term. You may opt to continue with your current co-op employer for your back-to back co-op term, but we encourage you to diversify your experiences.


Types of co-op jobs

Many MPA and MADR students secure placements in the public sector at the federal, provincial, or local government level, including agencies and commissions.

Co-op opportunities are not limited to the Victoria area—you're encouraged to take placements throughout BC, elsewhere in Canada or abroad. As such, we recommend that you do not commit yourself to a rental leaseso that you are prepared to leave Victoria for co-op opportunities.


Requirements after each work term

After each co-op work term, you must:

  • Submit your work term term report by the deadline. This report outlines your work and learning from the co-op term.
  • Sign up for your oral presentation. In some terms, students have an opportunity to share their learning with the School of Public Administration community.
  • Attend a debriefing session with your coordinator.
  • Tell your co-op office when you plan to go on your next work term.
  • Update your address on MyPage.


Oral presentation

After each co-op term, you'll take part in a work term presentation session. These sessions are open to all public administration students and faculty members. The sessions help the school and the co-op program evaluate our programming.

Your co-op office will provide you with information and a schedule for these sessions.


Social Sciences – Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

The Social Sciences Co-op office offers these optional co-op programs to undergraduate and graduate students:

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

 

Your co-op office

Admission requirements and deadline

Application requirements vary depending on your level of study and your program area.

Undergraduate students

To apply, you must be a full-time student and have completed your first year of study. 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 have 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. Must complete POLI 351 before second work term.
  • 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.

Application deadlines:

  • September 20
  • January 20
  • Once admitted you will be enrolled in the exclusive-to-coop Introduction to Professional Practice curriculum. In 2020 this will be offered through an online Brightspace course, which will include self-directed reading and assignments, as well as live zoom meetings offered several times each week to fit with students' schedules. 

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 are finished your final project (e.g., thesis, major project, or dissertation). Speak to your supervisor about your plans. Keep in mind that as a graduate student, you must complete your first co-op term before you are finished your final project.

Please contact your co-op office for details.

Application deadlines:

  • September 20
  • January 20
  • Once admitted you will be enrolled in the exclusive-to-coop Introduction to Professional Practice curriculum. In 2020 this will be offered through an online Brightspace course, which will include self-directed reading and assignments, as well as live zoom meetings offered several times each week to fit with students' schedules.

 

How to apply

The fall application period has now closed. The next application period will begin in mid-December for the January in-take. Your deadline to apply will be January 20.   

Students can apply to co-operative education by logging onto the Coop & Career Portal. Use your UVic netlink ID and password. Once logged in, click “Co-op” on the navigation menu (if you are using a computer, the navigation is on the side). Then follow the prompts to complete your application.


PLEASE NOTE: You will be unable to apply using the above method if:

  • You have previously been or are currently in another co-op program at UVic
  • You are NOT in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

If you are unable to apply through the portal due to these issues, you must contact us for application instructions:  

  • Jennie Nilsson (economics, political science, psychology)
  • Helen Kobrc (anthropology, environmental studies, geography, sociology, restoration of natural systems)

After you apply (on the Co-op and Career Portal):

  • You will get a confirmation screen stating that you have applied to the program.
  • Once admitted you will be enrolled in the exclusive-to-coop Introduction to Professional Practice curriculum. In 2020 this will be offered through an online Brightspace course, which will include self-directed reading and assignments, as well as live Zoom meetings offered several times each week to fit with students' schedules. Check out this PDF to see the basic Fall 2020 IPP Course Outline course schedule.

Note that the Fall admission period is ideal for those planning their first co-op term in the following summer. 

If you have questions or issues, please contact us at 

Program formats available

Co-operative education in Social Sciences 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 three co-op work terms to earn the co-op designation)
  • Work experience program (completing one or two 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 two or three work terms consecutively with the same organization (some students and employers appreciate longer placements) or with different organizations.

Read more about co-op formats


Number of work terms for completion

The number of work terms depends on the program format:

  • Co-op (undergraduate): Completing three work terms earns the co-op designation
  • Co-op (graduate): Completing two work terms (master's) or three work terms (doctoral) earns the co-op designation
  • Work experience program*: One or two work terms

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


Sample employers and co-op jobs

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

Sample co-op jobs

Anthropology

  • 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

Economics

  • 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

Geography

  • 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

Psychology

  • 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

Sociology

  • Corrections Canada – Junior Parole Officer
  • BC Stats – Research Assistant
  • UVic Welcome Centre – Student Recruiter
  • Beacon Community Services – Workshop Facilitator & Volunteer Coordinator
  • CanAssist – Job Coach


Work term learning activities

At the end of each work term, you're required to complete several learning activities:

  • Competency Record:  you will create learning objectives and assess yourself on your progress
  • Mid-term meeting (aka site visit): you will meet with a Co-op coordinator (in person, over the phone, or on Skype) and your supervisor to discuss your work and learning.
  • Work Term Submission:  Depending on your program, these assignments have different formats, including written reflective reports, oral presentations and an online discussion forum.

Work term submission due dates

Your submission is due on the first day of classes following each work term. If you’re graduating in November, your submission is due August 15. If you're graduating in June, your work term submission is due April 15.

Your work submission will be marked with a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” Unsatisfactory reports can be redone to earn a “satisfactory.”

Work term submission guidelines

How to submit

Submit your work term report as a .doc or pdf file to .


WHAT IS CO-OP? Learn about co-op including how it works and what's expected of you (including completing the Introduction to Professional Practice class), plus check out fees and salaries.