Co-op in Sociology

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.

Visit the Sociology Department.

Student Testimonial

tl_files/sites/co-op/resources/Amelia_Awalt.jpg"After gaining the Co-op experience, my confidence in my ability to market myself to future employers increased tenfold. You will discover skills you thought you never had and overall, you will have a greater sense of self. Had I not participated in the Co-op Option, I would have struggled to define my own skills and would not have known how to apply them in real work settings. Understanding what skills you already have is extremely important, as well as understanding what skills you want to enhance. Yet, finding what it is you really love to do is key to your success in building a career that will make you happy.  Co-op allows you the freedom to be innovative in customizing your own work experience; if you're driven by a passion you will find the right opportunity to make a place for yourself.

The Co-op Option is what awakened the courage in me to put my passions to work. Ever since, I have been successful in obtaining many jobs that have laid the next stepping stones to help me accomplish my career goals; each opportunity only gets better. Be a part of the adventure and reach for the sky!"

Amelia Awalt
'09 BA Sociology (Co-op Option)

Co-op Work Terms
        - Coordinator - Programming and Office Administration, Acadia University, Equity Office (12 month), Wolfville, NS