Co-op Program

Major with a Co-op

The Co-op program at UBC allows students to combine their academic studies with in-the-field experience. There are many benefits of the program to students. By observing how work places function, students can bring a new perspective back to their studies and get more out of their time at UBC. As well, having study-related work experience can increase the chances of obtaining a rewarding position when students graduate.

Students are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the program by checking out the information below, or by visiting the Arts Co-op website.

What is Co-operative Education?

The UBC Arts Co-op Program is open to all students in the B.A., B.F.A., and B. Mus. undergraduate degree programs, and to graduate students in the MLIS/MAS, and Joint degree programs.

Through co-op, students alternate practical, paid work experience of 4 months in length in various fields of interest with their academic studies. Co-op graduates are well prepared, both academically and professionally, for their future careers.

Co-op Coordinators work closely with employers locally, nationally, and internationally to develop challenging, career-related positions for co-op students.

Co-op programs provide students with many great opportunities. For further information for prospective students, please click here.

What kind of work experience and knowledge/skills can I expect to gain?

  • Arts Administration
  • Client Services
  • Communications
  • Curatorial Assistance
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Editing
  • Educational Programming
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Event Coordination
  • Financial Services
  • Fundraising
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Office Administration
  • Policy Analysis
  • Program Administration
  • Project Management
  • Proposal Writing
  • Public Relations
  • Research Services
  • Social Service Delivery
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Survey Design and Analysis
  • Technical Writing
  • Web Design

Knoweldge and Skills:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • International Development
  • International Peace and Security
  • Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Survey Design and Implementation
  • Technical and Research
  • Report Writing

For more information about our co-op program, please contact our Undergraduate Advisor, Adam Jelley, at