Co-op in Psychology

Co-operative Education is an academic program that integrates study with paid, discipline-related work experience. Co-op students gain an enriched understanding of their academic program through practical application. In addition they refine their employability skills, gain an understanding of career opportunities in their field, and gain an understanding of the realities of the workplace.

To graduate with the Co-op Option, students complete three 4-month Co-op work terms (with an optional fourth) or a 12- or 16-month internship between their third and fourth years of study. Students that complete three Co-op work terms, or an internship, will receive 3 credit-hours, counting as one elective course for graduation requirements.

Students typically enrol in Co-op at the beginning of their second year of study, but third-year students are also welcome. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

All Co-op students attend workshops and receive one-on-one coaching in job preparation skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, business ethics, and more.

For further details on Co-op, please visit the Co-op website.

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Student Testimonial

tl_files/sites/co-op/resources/Nigel_Rowley.jpg"The Co-op program in Psychology has given me valuable work experience and insight into the diverse fields an orientation in Psychology can provide. More than that, I have had the opportunity to travel to new places, make new friends and gain important contacts from the workplace. Co-op has allowed me to sample a wide-variety of work environments; from interpersonal and supportive based placements to research and typical office positions. With this knowledge, I have been able to refine my own aspirations and narrow down the daunting task of choosing a career path post-graduation. If you would like to have a taste of the jobs offered with a Psychology degree, graduate with 12 to 16 months of relevant work experience and make a little money along the way - I highly recommend the Co-operative Education program at Acadia University."

Nigel Rowley
2011 BSc Psychology (Co-op Option)

Co-op Work Terms Completed

Therapeutic Recreation Assistant

  - Canadian Mental Health Association, Truro, NS
Assessment Officer
  - Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman, Halifax, NS
National IT Help Desk Services
  - Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Moncton, NB
  - Anchor Industries Society, Sackville, NS