Co-op Program

Graduate with more than a degree.

Explore your career options with Arts Co-op, while gaining 12-16 months of paid, professional work experience and a network of contacts.


What can Arts Co-op do for you?

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


What types of work and employers can you expect?

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.


Applying to Arts Co-op

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.


What Sociology grads say about their journeys in co-op:

“The best choice I ever made at UBC has been to join the Arts Co-op Program.”

– Michael Wong, BA 2008, Major Sociology, Minor Commerce

– Work terms: Ballet BC, MusicFest Vancouver, UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology


“In order to set yourself ahead of the pack, you will not only need to have experience, and ambition, but the connection to potential future career opportunities – something you can only achieve through programs such as Co-op.”

– Maryn Wallace, BA 2006, Major Sociology

– Work terms: BC Lung Association, Law Courts Education Society of BC, Richmond Society for Community Living


To read profiles for these Sociology co-op grads and more, click here.