Arts Co-op

Graduate with more than a degree

When you graduate, will you have work experience? A professional network and the confidence to pursue a job you want? Explore your career options with Arts Co-op, while gaining 12 months of paid, professional work experience and a network of contacts.

Co-op students alternate between academic terms and challenging, paid work experience with employers across Canada and around the world. Students earn non-academic co-op credit for each work term, and completion of the co-op program is recognized on their UBC degree.

As Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield floated through the cosmos, a UBC psychology student was working to keep him grounded.

Photo: CSA

Photo: CSA

Eva Kwan, a UBC psychology student who participated in a co-op placement with the Canadian Space Agency, worked with a host of experts – doctors, psychologists, nutritionists – as part of the CSA’s Operational Space Medicine team, which has spent years preparing for Commander Chris Hadfield’s mission.

Read more about Eva’s co-op experience.


Success after graduation

  • 90% of Canadian co-op grads receive job offers within 1 month after graduation
  • Co-op grads earn 12% higher starting salaries than non-co-op grads

Lower student debt or no debt at all

  • Average co-op earnings over 3 work terms = $23,500
  • Total co-op fees over 3 work terms = $2,380
  • Return on investment = $21,120

Job search skills

  • Techniques for writing effective resumes and cover letters
  • One-on-one interview preparation

Enriched classroom learning

  • Discover how your degree applies in the workplace


Students work in a wide range of positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. See a list of potential jobs and employers here.


Joining the Arts Co-op Program is “one of the best decisions you’ll ever make: professionally, academically, financially, and personally.”
- Jennifer Tsui, BA 2007, Double Major History & Psychology
- Work terms: Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, UBC Arts Academic Advising, Cornerstone Evangelical Baptist Church, WorkSafeBC

“My Co-op work terms are the reason I was able to find a great job immediately after graduation.”
- Kelsey Beninger, BA 2010, Major Psychology
- Work terms: Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation, United Way of the Lower Mainland, National University of Singapore, UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

To read profiles for these Psychology co-op grads and more, visit www.artscoop.ubc.ca/tag/psychology.


Intake is once each year in September and is open to students in 2nd or 3rd year. Visit www.artscoop.ubc.ca for eligibility details, info session dates, and application process.