Co-op in Politics

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 Politics, 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: Anderson Sinclair, Students Nova Scotia, Public Service Commission of Canada, Municipality of the District of Shelburne, Northern Policy Institute, and Acadia University.



"Acadia’s Co-op program was an absolutely incredible opportunity that I would recommend to any student able to take advantage of it. Not only was I able to develop key skills and perspectives relating to jobs in my area of study, but I was also able to make valuable connections with people doing incredible work in areas I didn't know existed! Co-op opened my eyes to many possible directions I could go after university and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience it."

Nick Mason
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (Honours)
(Co-op Option)