Co-operative Education - Real Skills for the Real World!
Acadia University students and employers have enjoyed the benefits of Co-operative Education since 1982. Co-op enables current students to gain hands-on, paid experience in placements related to their field of study giving them tangible skills, one year of work experience, contacts in industry, a solid idea of what they want to do and job offers...all by the time they graduate!
Co-operative Education students are among Acadia's best! Employers utilize the Co-op program to get specialized projects and work completed. As a side benefit, Co-op is as an excellent recruitment tool used to evaluate students as potential full-time employees. What could be better than a 4, 8, 12 or 16 month interview with no strings attached?
Co-operative Education provides a vital link between Acadia and the workforce, enabling employers and Acadia to better prepare students for their future endeavours.
"I went into the Co-operative Education program's information session with doubts; I came out a Co-op student. My first work term was an unforgettable experience and has opened my eyes to the possible career directions available in my field of study. If you are unsure of what to do after university and would like to know where your discipline can take you, the Acadia Co-op option is for you!"
'10 BSc Biology (Co-op Option)
Acadia Co-op - Ranked Highest in Canada!
Acadia’s Co-op program ranked #1 in the country in The 2013 Globe and Mail Canadian University Report in the category of very small post-secondary institutions. Student opinion put Acadia Co-op ahead of all other universities in the Atlantic region, regardless of institutional size, and had them coming in with the second highest grade given for Co-op programs across the entire country, an A-. Michelle Larsen, featured in the report’s segment entitled, “The career test-drive” (below), believes this high score is owing to the exceptional quality of Co-op opportunities available to Acadia Co-op students and the high level of personalized support offered to students.