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. Upon completion of Co-op, students receive 3 credit hours, 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
"Co-op had an immense impact because it exposed me to excellent connections within the industry. I was able to attain valuable career advice and technical knowledge from working with people in my preferred field. Acadia’s Co-op program provided me with excellent resources that assisted me with professionalism, interview skills, and resume/cover letter advice. I would recommend Co-op to other students because it is an excellent way to differentiate yourself from other student’s post-graduation."
Bachelor of Science