About the program
Co-operative Education is an academic program that integrates study
with paid, discipline-related work experience. Co-op students complete
a minimum of three 4-month work terms or a 12 to 16-month internship
to graduate with the prestigious ‘Co-op Option’ on their degree. Typically
Average pay: exceeds $17.00/hour with
close to a 100% placement rate.
Recent employers include: IBM, Electronic
Arts and the Department of National Defence.
students enroll in Co-op when they are beginning their second year of
study. All Co-op students attend mandatory workshops and receive oneon-one coaching in job preparation skills including resume and cover
letter writing, interview preparation, and workplace professionalism.
Did you know?
In the 2013 Globe & Mail Canadian University
Report, Acadia’s Co-op program was ranked
by students #1 in Atlantic Canada overall and
In the Computer Science field, having work experience upon graduation
provides a distinct advantage. Applying programming knowledge and
other skills to real problems gives the hands-on experience not found
in a classroom. Co-op has helped many students choose which field
they are most interested in by exposing them to different workplaces.
Employers use the Co-op program to get special projects done or to
cover seasonal demands and peak periods. In addition, Co-op is often
used as a recruitment tool to evaluate students for potential full-time hire.
Sample Work-Study Schedule
Study (PD sessions)
Work term 1
Work term 2
Work term 3
Free or work
Final study term
“When I entered the Co-op program, I was not 100% sure of what I
would get out of it or even if I would stick with it. After my work
experiences, I’m glad I did. Not only did my work terms provide me the
experience I needed to assist me in finding a job after University, in an
environment and role I would enjoy, it helped me to develop my skills,
social and technical and to push my boundaries further than I had in the
past. I couldn’t be happier with my choice to do Co-op.”
— Patrick Drane, BCSH (Co-op Option)
#1 in the country for our size.
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