Co-op in Psychology
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 Psychology, 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: Valley Regional Hospital Foundation, L'ARCHE Homefires, Open Door Centre, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Elizabeth Fry Society, True North Clinical Research, and Halifax Transit
"I obtained practical skills and learned a lot about myself through the co-op program. Co-op has helped me understand where my true passion lies and what I see myself pursuing as an occupation. It has strengthened my desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives and my community."
Bachelor of Science (Co-op Option)