Undergraduate Co-op Program

Co-operative Education is the most recognized way for you to graduate with relevant work experience and avoid the no-job-no-experience cycle. With a co-op education, you have the opportunity to make connections with industry, obtain paid, professional work experience, and obtain credit towards your degree.

 

Undergraduate Co-op Program Overview

Our undergraduate co-op students complete 12-16 months of work experience (full time) in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, non-profits, and academic studies. Our co-op students have worked across Canada and we had a couple of students who worked internationally. While on work term, students complete required learning assignments and are monitored and evaluated by the Co-op Office and their employer. The assignments help students make connections between academic studies and work.  The monitoring and evaluation will assist the student with learning and understanding of self and the world of work. As with many Co-op Education programs in Canada,  co-op students complete various professional development training, work terms, and a final assignment. At StFX, co-op students complete three professional development seminars, 12-16 months of work experience, and COOP 405 (3 credits). 

Currently, StFX offers Co-op education in nine different undergraduate programs. 

Second or third-year students in the following disciplines have an opportunity to complete co-op:

Bachelor of Business Administration (all majors)

Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science, Math, and Economics* 

Bachelor of Science Biology, Computer Science, Math, Economics*, and Earth Science* 

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health

Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate & Environment

*Pending MPHEC approval. Economics and Earth Science Co-op should have its first intake of students in May 2023. 

If Co-op Education is not an option for your program, please let us know. We will gladly work with other StFX departments in order to expand the program. 

By joining our program, you are investing in yourself and your future. By the time you are ready to enter the workforce, you are more experienced, more prepared, and more confident.

Application Deadline for 2023-2024: Monday, May 1, 2023.   We will have one intake in 2023-2024. The application will open in early January 2023. 

Note: Second-year students joining the program can complete their degree and co-op within 4-5 years. Students interested in co-op & degree in 4 years, should speak with an Academic Advisor. Third-year students joining the program, have limited opportunities to secure a work term and it will add an additional year to complete your degree & co-op. Students who are accepted into the program in May 2022 are not eligible to go out on their first work term until January 2023 at the earliest. 

Interested in Learning More about the Program?

If you have additional questions and want to talk with a current co-op student, please contact co-op@stfx.ca. The Co-op Coordinator will be able to help prospective students connect with current co-op students.