Information for students

Undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Sociology can apply to take part in the co-op program.

Co-op terms normally alternate with academic terms after your first year of study. Prior to your first co-op term, you'll complete a series of seminars to prepare you for the work term. Topics include skills assessment, résumé and cover letter preparation, interview skills and succeeding in the workplace.

Securing a co-op position is competitive. Most co-op opportunities are posted on Learning in Motion, a password-protected portion of the Co-op and Career Services website used by students to view co-op jobs and create résumés and cover letters.

You can also develop your own jobs. You'll visit this site to apply for positions that interest you, then proceed to the interview if the employer shortlists you. If you are the successful candidate, you'll proceed to the job acceptance step. You'll be most successful if you apply to a range of jobs in a variety of locations.

There will be a virtual co-op session held on Thursday September 7th, 2023, from 11:00-12:00pm and you can register for this event here


Who hires sociology co-op students?

Sociology students work in all levels of government, in the private sector and for non-profit organizations in Greater Victoria, across Canada, and beyond.

Some recent employers include: BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, BC Attorney General, Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, Literacy Victoria, Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition.

What type of work do sociology co-op students do on their co-op terms?

Sociology students are capable of a range of work including research and analysis, communications work, statistical analysis involving SPSS, market research, educational outreach, and community development activities.