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.

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

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

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.