Co-op in Geology

Co-operative Education is an academic program that integrates study with paid, discipline related work experience. Co-op students gain an enriched understanding of their academic program through practical application. In addition they refine their employability skills, gain an understanding of career opportunities in their field, and gain an understanding of the realities of the workplace.

To graduate with the Co-op Option, students complete three 4-month Co-op work terms (with an optional fourth) or a 12- or 16-month internship between their third and fourth years of study. Students that complete three Co-op work terms, or an internship, will receive 3 credit-hours, counting as one elective course for graduation requirements.

Students typically enrol in Co-op at the beginning of their second year of study, but third-year students are also welcome. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

All Co-op students attend workshops and receive one-on-one coaching in job preparation skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, business ethics, and more.

For further details on Co-op, please visit the Co-op website.

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Student Testimonial

tl_files/sites/co-op/resources/Tim Cross.jpg"Despite concerns I had about enrolling in the co-op program, I felt that doing so could provide some great opportunities for experience that would be hard to acquire elsewhere. As it turns out, I was offered a job as a Geologist with a company in Labrador City, NL for my very first term. As this term progresses (I'm writing this near the end of it) I have come to realize more and more that I've made a decision which I will never regret. The knowledge and skills that I've developed- and that I will continue to improve on in the summer during my second term here - have been worth much more to me than graduating a couple of terms earlier (the main reason that I was advised not to do Co-op). Not only have I learned a lot about what it's like to be a Geologist in the mining industry; I'll also have a great reference and experience with a distinguished company to add to my resume. I can say with all honesty that I expect my Co-op experience to have an important impact on my future in Geology.

I would personally recommend the Co-op program to any student who is looking to improve his or her resume, self-presentation and confidence in dealing with potential employers. Also, something that I've learned from talking to other Co-op students from across Canada is that our Co-op department at Acadia is willing to put a lot more effort than any other school I've heard about into caring for and developing the skills of each individual student. I strongly suggest you put some effort into your future success and take advantage of the opportunities that Acadia Co-op provides. Seriously!"

Tim Cross
'08 BSc. Geology (Co-op Option)

Employer Upon Graduation: Iron Ore Company of Canada, Rio Tinto, Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador