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. Students starting their first Co-op work term during or after the summer of 2020 will receive 2 credit hours for each Co-op course completed (up to a total of 6 credit hours, counting as two elective courses towards graduation requirements). Students who have started their first Co-op work term prior to the summer 2020 term, will receive 3 credit hours upon completion of their third Co-op work term (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



"Through the Acadia co-op program, I gained a much better idea of what I would like to do after graduation by pursuing different career options. I would recommend the co-op program to any student. I believe I learned as much or more at my work placements than in the classroom. Having relevant work experience enabled me to land a great job post-graduation that I likely would not have obtained without completing the co-op program."

Colin Fry
Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
(Co-op Option)