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Co-operative education

Paula Rasmussen spent a co-op term as a community and youth support worker for Sci'anew First Nation in Sooke.
Paula Rasmussen spent a co-op term as a community and youth support worker for Sci'anew First Nation in Sooke. Photo: Paula Rasmussen

At UVic, learning extends beyond the classroom. Through UVic's co-operative education program, you can alternate terms in class with paid work terms in positions related to your field of study.

There are optional co-op programs for undergraduate and graduate students in:

  • 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

Benefits of co-ops

Through co-op, you can:

  • connect your classes to your career
  • clarify your strengths, interests and goals
  • develop competencies to help you excel in the workplace
  • work for employers in your field
  • build a valuable network of contacts
  • earn a salary to help you pay your tuition

Career Services has resources to help you along each step of your career pathway. They can help you develop career goals, search for work and develop competencies.

Employer resources

Our co-op students can provide you and your business with a wide range of employment options. Our students work in the fields of sociology, psychology, political science, geography, environmental studies, economics and anthropology. They can take on short-term tasks with enthusiasm and energy, contribute their skills to ongoing projects or assist your regular staff during peak periods.

Hiring a co-op student is easy, and our staff provides support along the way.

If you would like to find a student volunteer, hire a graduate or hire for a casual position, please email Career Services or call 250-721-6616

Have questions?

Contact the Social Sciences Co-op and Career office:


Cornett Building B138 

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