UBC Arts Co-op Program

How Co-op Works

Co-op Defined

To qualify as a co-op work term, the position you’re hiring for should be:

  • At least 455 hours in length (or 13 weeks at 35 hours a week)
  • Full-time for 4 months (but requests for part-time positions can sometimes be accommodated)
  • Paid at an appropriate salary given the level of responsibility and industry standards for the work (contact the Co-op Office for more information)
  • Supervised by a professional who is keen to mentor a student
  • Challenging, providing the student with career-related tasks

Employer Quick Reference Guide

Refer to the Employer Quick Reference Guide for details on supervising and working with your co-op student.

Getting Started: Hiring for the Work Term

Co-op students are available for 4 or 8-month paid work terms beginning in September, January and May each year. We start posting jobs 2-4 months before the planned start date. Hiring is easy. Simply follow our guidelines for hiring a student.

Need Help with Funding?

Read more on the funding resources available to help you subsidize a co-op position.

Down to Business: During the Work Term

During the first month, your co-op student will be required to set learning objectives, which we encourage you to establish together in order to set realistic and challenging goals.

About mid-way through the term, an Arts Co-op Coordinator will schedule a site visit with you and the student in order to discuss the student’s learning, progress, performance, and experience thus far. Our goal is to make sure the work term is a mutually beneficial experience for both you and your student.

Wrapping Up: Ending the Work Term

Throughout the term your student will be required to submit several co-op assignments, which are designed to help students reflect on their learning and develop their professional network. It is up to the student to discuss and share copies of these assignments with you to ensure nothing confidential is submitted.

At the end of each 4-month term we ask that the student and the supervisor complete evaluations through our online portal.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Arts
Buchanan A240
1866 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada
Tel: 604.822.3828
Arts Co-op Program
Buchanan C121
1866 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada
Tel: 604.822.1529

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