FAQs - Work Terms
Students still graduate but not with the Co-op Option.
Work terms can be 4 or 8 months in duration. They must be a minimum of 12 weeks and provide at least 35 hours of work per week to qualify. 12 and 16 month internships are also available with select employers.
Once students have been accepted into the Co-op Program, complete the required professional development workshops, and have their resume/cover letter approved by a Co-op Coordinator, they will be granted access to the Acadia Co-op Portal, where they can apply for jobs sourced by the Co-op office.
If a student plans on finding their own co-op opportunity, they must have the job description approved by their Co-op Coordinator. Once they have secured a position, the employer must provide an offer letter to the Co-op Office. The position must be full-time, paid, related to the student’s degree, and at least 12 weeks in duration.
There are three periods when co-op work terms begin: Fall (September/October), Winter (January/February), or Intersession (May/June). Approximately four months before the start of a term, positions will begin to be posted to the Co-op Portal.
It is possible, but not guaranteed. Students must seek pre-approval from their employer. Students should always ask early, be definitive with dates, have a plan for how their responsibilities can be covered while away, and explain how they will make up for the time taken off.
8-month work terms count as two 4-month work terms; so, students must complete two sets of assignments.
Co-op Coordinators are available throughout the duration of a work term to assist in any way possible.