Co-op and experiential learning in the Social Sciences

Welcome Social Sciences

The deadline to apply for Social Sciences Co-op is January 20, 2022.

Have questions about co-op?

Check out the Social Sciences Co-op Programs info sessionJanuary 17 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Do you identify as having a disability?
You can get support through your co-op experience from the CanWork Program, which supports undergraduate students who identify as having a disability or mental health challenge to gain paid work experience. Register today for the CanWork info session (Jnuary 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

By participating in co-operative education (you can apply as early as the start of your second year), you can alternate terms in class with terms working for employers in your fields of interest, and:

Gain experience and discover what you love

You'll try out different types of jobs and explore your career options.

Help cover your tuition

You'll earn a competitive co-op wage (almost $50,000 over the course of your degree).

Stand out to employers

Co-op grads tend to find work related to their degree faster and earn more money than students who don't participate in co-opemployers value co-op students' experience!

Travel while you learn

You could work for employers in Victoria, across Canada or internationally.

What is co-op and the work experience program?

What is co-op?

Co-op is an experiential learning program that helps you start building your career and professional development skills 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 supports you in trying a range of jobs, gaining work experience and skills, and making connections with employers.

Co-op is flexible; you can be registered in either the traditional co-op or work experience program. You can transfer between work experience and traditional co-op depending on how many co-op terms you complete and whether you meet the co-op requirements.

  • Traditional co-op (co-op degree)
    • If you successfully complete all your required co-op work terms, you'll earn a co-op distinction on your degree
    • Undergraduate students earn the co-op distinction upon completing 3 work terms alternating between their academic terms
  • Work experience program (WEP)
    • A shorter version of co-op—students complete 1-2 work terms
    • Great option for students who are in later stages of their degree

The application process and requirements for the work experience program is the same as for traditional co-op.

What are the application requirements?

Program requirements vary depending on your level of study and your program area. You must meet the following requirements for your degree area to apply to Social Sciences Co-op.

If you successfully complete all your required co-op work terms, you'll earn a co-op distinction on your degree. Undergraduate students must complete three work terms to graduate with co-op designation.

Application requirements for undergraduate students:

Must be a full-time student and have completed first year of study. 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 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.

Learn more about Social Sciences Co-op!

What is required of you as a co-op student?

After you have been accepted to the co-op program, you'll need to fulfill certain requirements to participate in co-op and WEP.

Before you start your first work term, you'll take the Introduction to Professional Practice course, which is exclusive for co-op students and helps prepare you for your job search and work-integrated learning experiences. Then, for each co-op work term, you'll complete competency assessments, have a work site visit and submit a work term report (or alternate submission).

Co-op processes include:

What about fees?

All co-op and WEP students pay a tuition fee for the co-op program, just like for your regular courses. It's free to join co-op and attend the preparation course—you'll pay the tuition fee when you secure a work term.

Does co-op count towards academic credit?

For each completed work term, you will receive credits that contribute towards the Co-op designation you’ll receive on your degree when you graduate. Your co-op work term does not count towards your academic credit.

Learn more about how co-op works and the work term requirements on our website.

Where do co-op students work?

The possibilities are endless! Check out some sample jobs and types of work for Social Science students.

You can also check out our student experiences gallery for videos, photos, stories and more.

How to apply

Applications will be available online starting September. Apply 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 left 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, contact us for application instructions:

  • Natasha Jamal (economics, political science, psychology) at
  • TBA (anthropology, environmental studies, geography, sociology, restoration of natural systems)

Once admitted you are required to complete the Introduction to Professional Practice, which includes an online component and 6 hours of synchronous virtual sessions, as well as a mock interview.

When to apply

Apply by September 20, 2021

Have more questions?

Visit the Social Sciences Co-op section of our website.

Contact Social Sciences Co-op