Co-op in Business

Acadia University’s Co-op Program is nationally accredited and integrates study terms with paid, discipline-related work terms. Co-op students complete a minimum of three 4-month work terms or a 12 or 16-month internship. Students apply to Co-op at the beginning of their 2nd year, but 3rd year students are also welcome (depending on total credits completed). All Co-op students participate in mandatory professional development workshops and receive one-on-one coaching in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, and workplace professionalism. Upon completion of Co-op, students receive 3 credit hours, counting as one elective course towards graduation requirements.

In Business, having work experience upon graduation provides a distinct competitive advantage. Applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, students gain hands-on experience in their discipline. Co-op helps students determine their strengths and interests while exploring different work environments and test-driving potential careers. Employers from across Canada hire Co-op students to work on special projects and assist during peak periods while often evaluating them for future hire.

Recent employers include: Royal Bank of Canada, Benjamin Bridge Winery, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Grant Thornton, Dash Hudson, Irving Oil, and Canada Revenue Agency



“Before entering the Co-op program, I was unsure as to what field I was interested in and whether there were opportunities for me in Nova Scotia. Since that time, Co-op has provided me with a year of experience allowing me to feel more confident and ready for a career after graduating.”

Rebecca Williams
Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-op Option)