Co-op in Geology

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 Geology, 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: Ground Truth Exploration Inc., Natural Resources Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada



“The Acadia Co-op program was a fantastic opportunity as it provided me with the skills and knowledge to be successful in my field of study. It opened up many doors in the geology industry and allowed me to interact and meet amazing people who taught me about geology outside of the school learning environment. Being part of the Co-op program was an incredible experience since it has shaped my plans for the future and helped me find my passion. I highly recommend Acadia’s Co-op program as it allows you to work alongside professionals in your field of study and gain valuable skills, knowledge, experience, and lasting relationships.”

Nathan Carter
Bachelor of Science, Geology
(Co-op Option)