Experiential Opportunities for Students

Students can make the most of their sociology degree by participating in opportunities that challenge them to apply their growing knowledge outside the classroom.

Benefits to Students

  • Develop solid professional skills and experience
  • Test possible career paths
  • Networking opportunities that increase contacts and post-graduation job prospects
  • Potential to make a difference in the community

Co-op students alternate between academic terms and challenging, paid work experience with employers across Canada and around the world – earning an average of $25,000 over 3 work terms. Students also earn non-academic co-op credits for each work term, and completion of the co-op program is recognized on their UBC degree. Intake occurs once each year in September and is open to students in 2nd or 3rd year.

Internships are part-time, unpaid positions that offer meaningful, career-related experience within the community. Participating organizations include museums, galleries, and neighbourhood houses, as well as organizations focused on heritage, poverty, social justice, and the environment.

Intake occurs in October and February. Students must have completed the writing component of the Writing and Research Requirement to apply.

Arts students can start building their careers while still completing their undergraduate degree. The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall offers information on what students can do with their major, career advising for Arts students, Work your BA workshops, Work Learn opportunities, and hosts the Arts Career Xploration each January.

Workshops and events are held throughout the year.

Click here for information on Preparing for the Job Market.

Go Global’s international learning programs offer students transformational experiences that promote global awareness, meaningful engagement, and cross-cultural understanding. Programs include academic exchanges, group study programs, and research and service learning.

Application deadlines vary depending on program.

By taking on leadership or mentorship roles, students gain the practical experience sought by employers. Collaboration, communication, project management, and network building are only a few of the wide range of experiences students may gain. Explore leadership and mentorship opportunities through the Faculty of Arts and the Center for Student Involvement and Careers in Brock Hall.

Opportunities are available throughout the year.

Ten Thousand Coffees Program connects students with the UBC community and everything it has to offer. The program first finds out about students' career goals and interests, then it recommends someone based on their interests, or students can also browse the community, then finally, students can connect in-person or online to share ideas, insights and advice over a cup of coffee. These new relationships lead to more innovative, inclusive, creative, and high performing teams.

UBC-CLI provides students the opportunity to participate in projects driven by community priorities at non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as public schools. Programs include short-term reading week placements, ongoing Trek placements, courses which include CLI components, and custom projects.

Application deadlines vary depending on program.