Co-operative Education - Real Skills for the Real World!

Acadia University has one of the best Co-op programs in the country and is nationally accredited. Co-op enables current students to gain hands-on, paid experience in work terms 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 use the Co-op program to get special projects done or to cover seasonal demands and peak periods. As a side benefit, Co-op is an excellent recruitment tool used to evaluate students for potential full-time hire. What could be better than a 4, 8, 12 or 16-month interview with no strings attached?


"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!"

- Colin Buhariwalla
2010 BSc Biology (Co-op Option)

"Co-op has been the most valuable part of my education at Acadia University. Without it, I never would have figured out what I wanted to do as a career. I am also graduating with a job in my field because of the connections I’ve made through the program!"

- Kaitlyn Eisnor

"We've been involved with the Co-op Program at Acadia for a number of years.  In the beginning we saw this as an opportunity to provide leadership and guidance to students in an office environment and as a chance to give back to the community.  Since being involved in the program we've come to realize that the students have been the ones providing the opportunity.  Their education, skills sets and enthusiasm have created a real sense of energy in the office.  Our students have become so integrated into our culture we're not certain if we could maintain operations without them. We would recommend this program to any organization interested in utilizing talented energetic youth."

- Michael Vaughan
Manager, Nova Scotia Health Authority

"Co-op offers the perfect mixture of professional experience and personal development."

- Mike Wilkinson

"I have had the opportunity to make valuable connections, build and develop transferable skills, and have found clarity in selecting my career path. The co-op program at Acadia has provided me with guidance, given me a foundation of real experience to build on, as well as enhanced my acceptance possibilities for future employment. From resume building, to improving my interviewing skills and more, the co-op program has supported me in each step along the way."

- Julie Bernier

"Through my work experiences I gained cross-cultural communication skills, a new language (Spanish), and a network of friends and former employers across Canada and abroad. I expanded my knowledge of gender issues, First Nations history and culture, and my love for travel. Most importantly my experiences in Co-op helped to shape my interests in politics and to narrow down my list of career possibilities. Co-op enabled me to apply what I had learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios, offering much more memorable and valuable lessons than a textbook."

- Sarah D'Arcy

"Acadia’s Co-op program offers great opportunities to students at Acadia to get into professional working environments and help students to boost their professional development. Staffs here are very friendly and they put their enthusiastic efforts in resolving students’ questions. As an international student, I was a stranger to this area, to this country. Throughout the process participating in Co-op program, each member in this family had given me guidance from confidence building, resume modifying to interview preparing. I am truly grateful to have their companies and supports in my undergraduate educational experience. I hardly can say I would have landed in my current role with NS Health Authority and achieved what I have without their help and I hope there will be more and more students benefit from this program."

- Angela (Yuqi) Cao
Nova Scotia Health Authority

"Co-op so far has been an absolute blast. I've done some pretty cool work here. It’s pretty an awesome time here, and I love Irving Oil. Both my manager and Sr. Manager have recognized me for what I've done so far, and are sincerely appreciative for everything. I started off doing competition research to find out what our competitors are doing to get ahead, and then generating reports and presentations to show my Sr. Manager what exactly is going on. I've also been responsible for the analysis of survey data on different slogans and taglines we were trying to test out in Atlantic Canada and throughout New England. I was able to present all of my findings to Sr. Leadership (Exec. Team Members) in a conference room. It’s pretty an awesome time here, and I love Irving Oil. Both my manager and Sr. Manager have recognized me for what I've done so far, and are sincerely appreciative for everything. Without the opportunity from the co-op program, I wouldn't have been able to have this amazing experience, and to meet such a large group of amazing people."

- Austin Bukovek

"The Acadia Co-op Program has expanded my horizons greatly. As a future CPA candidate, I’ve gotten top-level public service experience through a work term at Deloitte and powerful industry experience while working for Imperial Oil - both in the accounting field. These positions have allowed me to gain crucial experience and meaningful connections in the world of professionals, even before completing my BBA degree. It’s tough to imagine a better way to set yourself up for a career while still in school."

- Dan Luton

"I've learned a lot from the opportunities I had in the Co-op program and enjoyed my work terms immensely. I feel well prepared to continue my studies at the Master's level thanks to the learning experiences I had through Co-op and Honours."

- Mark Billard

"I decided to do the coop program as soon as I started my business degree because it is such a valuable experience. The co-op program at Acadia has helped me to apply what I learned in the classroom, to meet lots of new people in my field and to see different parts of the country. Shelley and the rest of the co-op team have always been helpful and supportive. If there is any way that you can be a part of the co-op program, you should do it!"

- Rebecca Bradley

"I am finishing up my third work term at AGADA Biosciences as a Research Associate. My second and third work term were spent at AGADA Bisociences in Halifax, NS. These work terms have taught me how to think critically and how to approach science and research in a different way. I have been fortunate to gain plenty of knowledge and skills that I will be able to apply to future positions that I would not have be able to gain otherwise in the classroom."

- Mark Matyas

"If you have a specific career in mind, the Co-op program is a great way to gain experience and make connections in the field. If you are not quite sure what your career goals are, you have the potential to test three or possibly four different career options before graduating. I have become much more confident in myself and my abilities and have even been offered a permanent position upon graduation with my current work term employer."

- Anna Stewart
Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-op Option)

"The Co-operative Education program at Acadia has provided me with tremendous opportunities and has introduced me to a wide variety of possible career directions in the nutrition and dietetics field. I believe that I effectively put my classroom learning to use and ultimately, through thoughtful reflection, was able to build upon my knowledge and learn more than I ever could have imagined. I strongly believe that Co-op set me on the right path to securing an integrated dietetic practicum placement, as I was able to network with professionals in the dietetic field and gain invaluable real-world experience. If you are a student who learns best by doing, then I would suggest Acadia’s Co-op program."

- Rene Bujold
2018 Nutrition and Dietetics (Co-op Option)

"I, like many other students, knew I enjoyed business, but wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do. The Co-op program was extremely beneficial for me as I was able to develop career goals and find out which areas of Marketing I enjoyed. The Coordinators were amazing, the experiences you have will shape your future and you will broaden your network. If you’re someone who doesn’t know exactly what they want to do, or you want the ability to work in different places across the country, the Co-op program is for you!"

- Ally Manette
Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-op Option)

"My experience in the Co-op program at Acadia left a lasting impression on me. Entering the program, I was unsure what type of work environment suited me, however after a full year of experience, I know exactly the type of organization that allows me to flourish. The employers I worked with supported my goals and ambitions and provided mentorship and advice. Being part of the Co-op program was one of the best experiences I had at Acadia. Education is so much more than sitting in a classroom, and Co-op embodies that!"

- Payton Wood
Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-op Option)

"The Co-op program has, without a doubt, influenced my university career for the better, allowing for experience in fieldwork with not-for-profits and lab work at Acadia University. The support of the Co-op Coordinators has been consistently helpful and the program itself allowed me to discover what works for me. The support, job opportunities, and experience gained while part of the Acadia Co-op program helped me gain confidence in my abilities and get the most out of my degree."

- Anna Murphy
Environmental Science (Co-op Option)