Human Nutrition Co-op

Most human nutrition students join the Co-op Education Program in the spring after the first year. This provides the best opportunities for students to complete their degree with co-op in four years versus five years. If a third-year nutrition student is interested in completing their degree with co-op, it will take five years to complete their degree with co-op. Most Co-op Education Programs in Canada will take 4.5 to 5 years to complete.

If a student would like to complete their degree with co-op in four years, please connect with the StFX Co-op Coordinator as soon as possible. The Co-op Coordinator and Academic Advising can assist with developing this plan. Course offerings can impact this plan.

Work Term Sequencing Options

Over the last couple of years, the following co-op work term sequencing options have been popular with StFX Human Nutrition Co-op Students.

four year plan join in first year alternating model

five year plan join second year internship model

five year plan join second year alternating model



Rates of Pay 



Salary Range (Weekly)

min 35hrs/wk, before deductions**


How much you can make in 4 months

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 15 weeks, before deductions** 

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 45 weeks (15 wks/ 4 month semester),  before deductions**  

Nutrition-related roles


$7,875-$11,550 $23,625-$34,650

*Dependent on location, industry, number of work terms or courses completed, and etc. 

**Allowable deductions include those required by federal or provincial law, such as taxes and employment insurance premiums.













Potential Job Titles

  • Quality Control    
  • Product Development              
  • Food Microbiologist  
  • Community Health Education
  • Healthy Prog. Assistant    
  • Wellness Coordinator  
  • Food Science Tech
  • Nutrition Researcher Intern
  • Marketing Specialist 
  • Food Management 
  • Health Promotion    
  • Program Coordinator
  • Food Production Intern   
  • Food & Pharmaceutical 
  • Product Development 
  • Dietitian Assistant
  • Research Development
  • Quality Assurance Lab Tech  
  • Consumer Product 
  • Food Science Researcher
  • Product Tester 
  • Food Regulatory Specialist  
  • Health Care Consultant  
  • Wellness Consultant


Employers who Advertised and/or Hired StFX Human Nutrition Co-op Students

  • Sick Kids 
  • Health Authorities    
  • Health Canada  
  • PepsiCo
  • Public Health Agencies  
  • Sodexo    
  • Aramark   
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • P&G     
  • Kraft Foods  
  • Novartis Nutrition 
  • GeniSoy Products
  • GlaxoSmithKline 
  • Merck  
  • Pfizer       
  • Hobart
  • Precision Foods 
  • Johnson & Johnson   
  • Egg Farmers of Canada   
  • Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Kellogg’s 
  • Danone   
  • The Ward Summer Student Research Program
  • Bloorview Res. Institute    
  • Ross Creek 
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada