What our students can do

UVic co-op students can work for you in business, finance, technology, project management, marketing, field and lab work, research, data analysis, health promotion and so much more. No matter what you're looking for help with, co-op students can bring enthusiasm and new ideas to tackle your projects.

You can hire UVic co-op students at the undergraduate and graduate level across all faculties. Our students have diverse skillsets and are keen to learn and gain work experience. All co-op students undergo academic screening and complete a job preparation course before they work for you.

When you post a co-op job, you can choose to target your posting to students from multiple programs. Here, you can learn more about students' skills and how they contribute to employers on their co-op terms.

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Student skills and training

Biochemistry and Microbiology

Biochemistry and microbiology students are trained to work in:

  • agriculture
  • biotechnology
  • fisheries
  • horticulture
  • medicine
  • pharmaceuticals
  • public health

Junior students have skills in:

  • aseptic techniques
  • bacterial isolation and characterization
  • by cultural and molecular methods
  • food, water and clinical microbiology
  • quality control and quality assurance
  • fermentation 

Senior students can contribute to research in:

  • cellular and molecular biology
  • genomics and molecular genetics
  • bioinformatics
  • protein biochemistry and proteomics
  • immunology

Our co-op students work in:

  • academia and research centres and institutes
  • pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • federal and provincial government agencies
  • non-profit organizations
  • food and beverage manufacturers
  • microbreweries and distilleries

Biology

Biology students specialize in a range of disciplines, including:

  • marine biology
  • fisheries
  • forestry
  • resource management
  • ecotourism
  • environmental
  • monitoring
  • pest management
  • wildlife assessment and tracking
  • botany
  • microbiology
  • genetics
  • medical research

In the lab, they learn:

  • logic and report-writing skills
  • plant and animal taxonomy
  • microscopy and aseptic techniques
  • cellular biology and biochemistry

On the job, students can apply their skills in:

  • field and lab research
  • monitoring and management
  • project planning and implementation
  • data analysis and literature review
  • report preparation
  • public speaking and teaching

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

  • Assistant wildlife biologist—Parks Canada
  • Biological weed and pest control assistant—CABI
  • Camp instructor—Science Venture
  • Environment regulatory and sustainability co-op—Devon Energy
  • Eulachon assessment/pelagic ecosystems—Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Junior wildlife rehabilitator—BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Naturalist/guide—Marine Science Centre

Chemistry

Junior chemistry students are trained in:

  • qualitative and quantitative analysis and instrumentation, including AA, IR, UV/Vis, NMR spectroscopy and MS
  • sampling techniques and data analysis
  • chemical separation techniques
  • principles of electrochemistry and potentiometry
  • basic principles and applications in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry

Senior students:

  • study advanced organic, inorganic, analytical and theoretical/physical chemistry
  • study advanced instrumental techniques such as polarography, HPLC/GC and X-ray spectroscopy
  • have significant organic, inorganic and analytical lab experience
  • focus in advanced fields, including natural products, photochemistry, laser spectroscopy, biological and medicinal chemistry, material science and computational chemistry

Where our students work

  • Our co-op employers include industrial and pharmaceutical companies, analytical companies and government.
  • Some chemistry students’ past co-op jobs include:
  • Formulation and analytical chemist—EcoSafe Natural Products Inc.
  • Medicinal chemistry researcher—Centre for Drug Research and Development
  • Outreach instructor—Actua
  • Organics, advanced extractions—ALS Laboratory Group
  • Process operator—Teck Ltd.
  • Structure, properties and performance researcher—Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation
  • Viticulture research assistant—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Commerce

Student skills and training

Employers tell us our students are well-rounded and “know how to think”. We educate students to think differently, act responsibly and perceive the world with a global mindset. Commerce (BCom) students specialize in three high-demand areas: entrepreneurship, international business and services management. They complete core courses in finance, accounting, marketing, operations, human resources, information systems, and global business and society.

On the job, our students can put their skills to work for you in:

  • business plan development
  • market research
  • communications and translation
  • accounting
  • human resources
  • customer service
  • public relations and marketing
  • administration
  • analysis and report writing
  • project coordination
  • financial analysis
  • event planning
  • data management
  • website design
  • supply chain/procurement
  • sustainability initiatives
  • cross-cultural awareness

Where our students work

Employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors hire our co-op
students to fill diverse short-term roles. Here are just a few past examples:

  • AbeBooks—HR assistant
  • The Bateman Foundation—Marketing and outreach assistant
  • BC Ferries—Treasury analyst
  • BC Ministry of Agriculture—Market development business officer
  • BC Ministry of Transportation—First Nations project assistant
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)—Events management trainee
  • Deloitte—Consulting internship, human capital
  • Downtown Victoria Business Association—Marketing assistant
  • KPMG LLP—Audit and tax co-op student
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces—Business analyst
  • RE/Max Canada—Marketing and social media intern
  • RevenueWire Inc.—Marketing co-op
  • Scotiabank—Corporate financial analyst co-op
  • Sitka Surf Co.—Graphic production agent/online merchandiser
  • Whistler Blackcomb—Guest services leadership intern

Earth and Ocean Sciences

EOS students' skills and training

Students in the EOS program are trained in a 10-day field school, learn logic and report-writing skills, and study:

  • igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary and resource geology
  • paleobiology
  • earth and atmospheric sciences
  • global tectonics
  • hydrogeology
  • geochemistry
  • chemistry, math and physics

On the job, students can apply their skills in many areas, including:

  • field geography
  • resource-based geology
  • water quality
  • oceanography
  • atmospheric science

Where our students work

EOS co-op students work for diverse employers, including the mining and oil industries, environmental consulting firms and government agencies. Some of our co-op students have held these positions:

  • BC Ferries coastal naturalist—Calliope Consulting Inc.
  • Digital remote sensing research—Natural Resources Canada
  • Oceanographic data processing—Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
  • Underwater acoustic analyst—Ocean Networks Canada
  • Upstream environmental operation, water team—Husky Energy Inc.

Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering

All UVic engineering students take part in co-op. Our students work in business, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations across Canada and around the globe. 

You can hire undergraduate engineering students studying:

  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Software Engineering 

You can hire graduate-level engineering students studying:

  • Civil Engineering 
  • Computer Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Telecommunications and Information Security 

Computer Science and Math

Computer science students are trained in software engineering, web programming, business applications, network and systems administration, website design and technical support. You can hire computer science students at the undergraduate or graduate level. Just a few of our past employers include:

  • AbeBooks
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Illumina
  • InGrooves
  • Pinterest
  • Redbrick
  • RevenueWire
  • Workday

Health Information Science

Health information science students study database design, statistics, networks and telecommunications, health care software design, epidemiology, hospital information systems, information resource management, medical methodology, healthcare ethics and project management.

Students are trained to:

  • set up and upgrade hardware and software
  • extract, interpret and report database information
  • build, implement and maintain databases and websites
  • interface information systems
  • provide IT training and helpdesk support to clinical staff
  • establish service agreements with clients and vendors

Where our students work:

  • Hospitals
  • Health authorities
  • Federal and provincial government
  • Private health consulting companies
  • Centres for disease control
  • Health software companies
  • Health information services
  • Universities/academic institutions

Typical co-op jobs:

  • Business applications analyst
  • Clinical applications student
  • Go-live support
  • Health business consultant
  • Health data analyst
  • Health informatics software developer
  • Health systems analyst
  • IM student web analyst
  • Information stewardship access and privacy co-op
  • IT applications intern
  • Jr. business analyst
  • Junior health informatics consultant
  • Programmer analyst
  • Surveillance assistant, public health analytics

Humanities and Fine Arts

Student skills and training

Humanities and fine arts co-op students are passionate about communications, creativity and culture.

  • Professional writing and communication students specialize in corporate communications, technical and creative writing, journalism, photojournalism, publishing and electronic media, including desktop publishing and web design.
  • Arts students are skilled in research, writing, project management, critical thinking, languages and language teaching.
  • Visual arts students focus on digital design, photography, videography, exhibit design and curation.

On the job, our students often:

  • handle marketing, communications, public relations and advertising
  • plan and coordinate events, fundraise and supervise volunteers
  • research, formulate and evaluate policy
  • write news articles, profiles and features for publication
  • design and maintain databases and websites
  • perform and produce theatre
  • curate exhibitions and conduct archival research
  • design and deliver educational programs

Where our students work:

  • Museums, theatres and galleries
  • Government (municipal, provincial or federal)
  • Arts groups and cultural societies
  • Media
  • Publishers and newspapers
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Private companies (all sizes)
  • Libraries
  • Advocacy groups
  • Tourism boards

Law

Before their first co-op work term, our students have completed a minimum first year of legal studies. Law co-op students are professional, diligent employees who bring sharp legal research and writing skills, knowledge of recent developments in the law and the ability to contribute to your organization’s specific needs.

Law students:

  • have the foundation of legal knowledge and skills needed to practice law and fulfill the many professional roles requiring legal training
  • have explored specialized areas of legal training and gained practical experience
  • understand the context—social, economic, historical, philosophical
  • and cultural—in which our legal system has developed and
  • continues to evolve
  • On the job, students apply their skills in many areas, including:
  • legal research on a broad range of issues
  • policy analysis and development
  • legislative analysis and research
  • legal education development and delivery
  • legal advocacy

Where our students work

UVic law co-op students work for a diverse range of legal employers in government, private law firms, public interest organizations, unions and crown corporations across Canada and abroad. We’re proud of our incredible partnerships with many legal employers, including:

  • BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, Burnaby
  • BC Ministry of Justice, Victoria
  • Chandler MHM Limited, Bangkok
  • Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver
  • Dwyer Tax Lawyers, Victoria
  • Environment Canada, Ottawa
  • Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver
  • Law Society of Nunavut, Iqaluit
  • Ontario Securities Commission, Toronto
  • Together Against Poverty Society, Victoria
  • Yukon Department of Justice, Whitehorse
  • Woodward & Company, Victoria

Math and Statistics

Mathematics and statistics students develop the logic, critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving and communication skills that are in demand in all fields. Graduates work in diverse areas, including health, finance, information technology, education, pharmaceuticals, government, insurance and academia.

Junior math and statistics students are trained in:

  • mathematical analysis, algebra and number theory
  • principles of software development, computer-assisted research
  • and data analysis
  • theories of probability and statistical analysis and their applications
  • clear and concise communication of abstract mathematical ideas

Senior students:

  • study advanced topics in discrete mathematics, geometry, topology
  • and combinatorial design
  • specialize in financial applications of mathematics, economics, experimental design and planning, research and sampling techniques, cryptography, software development and scientific computing

Where our students work

Employers in business, computer gaming, health care and research often hire math and statistics co-op students. Our students can contribute to projects in a range of areas, including data analysis, mathematical modelling, control statistics, logistics and more.

Past math and statistics co-op jobs include:

  • Modelling and analytics support technician—Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Student research assistant in bioinformatics—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Toronto investments analyst co-op—Manulife Financial
  • Environmental assessment co-op student—Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • STEM outreach assistant—African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • Investment operations intern—BC Investment Management Corporation
  • Survey methodology co-op student—Statistics Canada
  • Quality assurance analyst co-op student—RevenueWire

Physics and Astronomy

All of our students have a strong base in mathematics, computer programming and numerical methods.

Junior physics students are trained in:

  • mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum physics and thermodynamics
  • experimental physics, acquiring and analyzing experimental data, lab instrumentation and best practices
  • clearly communicating experiment design, procedures and results
  • computer-assisted math and physics, including applied software development skills
  • working in project-oriented lab settings

Senior physics students:

  • study particle and nuclear physics, relativity and electromagnetism
  • and solid state physics and their industrial applications
  • specialize in geophysics, optics, physical oceanography, medical physics and fluid mechanics

Students specializing in astronomy study:

  • solar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy
  • radio astronomy
  • astrophysics
  • observational astronomy

On the job, physics and astronomy students can:

  • collect, analyze and process data by computer
  • set up and calibrate instruments
  • fabricate equipment
  • develop, follow and observe experimental procedures
  • identify problems, suggest solutions and interpret results

 Where our students work

Our employers include high-tech businesses, scientific research organizations, crown corporations, and government and university research labs. Some past co-op jobs include:

  • Astronomy intern—Gemini Observatory
  • Da Vinci surgical system software/data intern—Intuitive Surgical Inc.
  • Geodynamics computer modelling assistant—Natural Resources Canada
  • Geophysical assistant —GEOMAR
  • Medical physics research assistant—BC Cancer Agency
  • Youth STEM instructor—Science Venture

Public Administration

The UVic Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is grounded in a problem-based learning approach that helps students build competencies in strategic awareness, critical analysis, engagement and communication, professionalism and leadership. MPA students develop skills for effective, responsible management and policy analysis across the public and non-profit sectors. They work in the public sector in participatory, inclusive ways and learn to achieve better outcomes in public policy and governance processes to deliver services to citizens.

MPA courses:

  • Government and Governance
  • Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Public Financial Management and Accountability
  • Collaboration and Engagement
  • Analysis for the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
  • Professional Integrity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
  • Public Leadership and Management
  • Policy-making and Policy Communities
  • Two co-op work terms
  • Two electives
  • Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis

Capstone project

The MPA program culminates in a client-focused capstone project (or Master’s thesis), which may be combined with a co-op work term.
The capstone project provides strategic options for a government agency, non-profit organization or community client on a real policy
or management challenge. Students must review literature, undertake empirical work, use best practices, develop options and create plans to implement the recommended options.

Where our students work

On the job, MPA students contribute in diverse areas, including research, client services, program evaluation, policy analysis, event planning and cost-benefit studies. They are hired by employers in the public sector at the federal, provincial, or local government level, including agencies and commissions—in Victoria, across Canada and abroad. Employers in the non-profit and private sectors also hire our students.

Recreation/Health Education and Kinesiology

Recreation and health education (BA) and kinesiology (BSc) co-op students study what helps us engage in healthy living, movement and rehabilitation, community recreation and administration to prepare for a wide range of careers.

Students learn to:

  • design exercise and healthy lifestyle programs
  • plan, implement, assess and supervise recreation, sport, fitness and health policies and programs
  • think critically and analyze information
  • manage people, events, programs and services
  • develop administrative policy
  • promote employee and community wellness
  • teach physical literacy skills
  • design environments that promote healthy living

Where our students work

Our co-op students put their skills to work in community organizations, youth and seniors’ centres, schools, health clinics, fitness and rehabilitation
centres, parks and recreation facilities and government agencies. Employers often hire RHED and kinesiology students to:

  • build the capacity of others for healthy living
  • use communication tools to encourage physical activity
  • coordinate project meetings and events
  • plan, implement and evaluate fundraising, health promotion or sporting events
  • facilitate physical activities for children, youth and adults
  • guide groups on tours or activities
  • work alongside athletic and recreational facility staff
  • manage databases, analyze statistics and prepare reports
  • work with therapists to assess and assist clients in rehabilitation
  • encourage individuals with disabilities to pursue physical activity
  • help with research projects related to individual and community health

Social Sciences

Student skills and training

Social sciences students are known for their technical abilities, interdisciplinary perspectives, quantitative and qualitative analysis, interest in community, social and environmental involvement and strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.

They study anthropology, economics, environmental studies, geography, geomatics, political science, psychology, restoration of natural systems, social dimensions of health and sociology.

Where our students work

Employers from diverse areas hire our students—environmental, industrial and corporate, public sector policy, finance and banking, data management, social services and community development. Social sciences students can help any kind of organization in many different ways.

Our students can contribute in many areas, including:

  • Research and administration—Project support and organization, research, report writing, stakeholder consultation
  • Communication and public education—Social media, outreach, interpretation, marketing, communications, presentations
  • Data management, analysis and visualization—GIS, economic and statistical analysis, survey design and methodology
  • Fieldwork—Surveying, water quality testing, restoration, archaeology, wildlife monitoring
  • Community development—Health and wellness promotion, camp and program facilitation, advocacy and personal support for individuals with challenges, research and coordination