Co-op stories

What makes the difference between getting a good education and having a great educational experience? Many would say it’s participating in UVic’s co-op program. By alternating in-class studies with paid co-op work terms in positions geared to a particular field of study, students can test-drive jobs, earn a salary, meet employers and gain relevant experience—all while earning their degrees.

“I see co-op as a win-win for the student and the employer,” says Fine Arts co-op coordinator Allison Benner. “The student gets the opportunity to see how the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in their degree can be expressed in a work setting—while getting paid. And the employer can mentor students while benefiting from the energy and creativity of a new generation, bringing new skills and approaches to their workplace.”

No shortage of positions

Since 2012, 195 Faculty of Fine Arts students have had work placements—and participation is on the rise with both students and employers. From museums, art galleries and cultural centers to theatre companies, sound studios, digital animators and publishing houses (to name a few), our students have worked in Victoria, around BC, across Canada and overseas.

In fact, Writing offers the largest number of Co-op placements. Our students have worked in positions ranging from book publishers and newspapers to museums, arts festivals, PR firms and government ministries.

Student Stories

Professional Writing student Hugo Wong put his communications, photography and social media skills to work with his position at Parks Canada, which also allowed him to get paid to visit the west coast's glorious Gulf Islands.

One July weekend, I stayed overnight on Saturna Island photographing and interviewing park visitors.
— Hugo Wong

Writing major Sophia Crocker was able to hone her abilities while working with the Royal BC Museum here in Victoria.

I wrote, edited, costumed, produced and acted in my own skits, writing workshops and miniature plays for visitors. I loved being able to be involved in all parts of the writing process.
— Sophia Crocker

Whatever the position, co-op allows you to gain professional experience while making invaluable industry contacts.