Co-op in Environmental Science
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 Environmental Science, 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: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Stantec Inc., Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, and Acadia University
“The Co-op program has, without a doubt, influenced my university career for the better, allowing for experience with not-for-profit organizations and labs 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 experience gained while part of the Acadia Co-op program helped me increase confidence in my abilities and get the most out of my degree.”
Bachelor of Science