Co-op in Nutrition

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 Nutrition & Dietetics, 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: Apple Valley Foods, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Conway Workshop Association, Harbour View Haven, and Pie R Squared



"The Co-op program at Acadia has provided me with tremendous opportunities and has introduced me to a wide variety of possible career directions in the nutrition and dietetics field. I believe that I effectively put my classroom learning to use and ultimately, through thoughtful reflection, was able to build upon my knowledge and learn more than I could have imagined. I strongly believe that Co-op set me on the right path to securing an integrated dietetic practicum placement, as I was able to network with professionals in the dietetic field and gain invaluable, real-world experience. If you are a student who learns best by doing, then I would suggest Acadia’s Co-op program."

Rene Bujold
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition
(Co-op Option)