UBC Arts Co-op Program

Eligibility & Application


Who’s Eligible to Apply?

PhD students entering 2nd and 3rd year are the most likely cohort. PhD students who have achieved candidacy or can reasonably expect to do so by Spring 2017 can apply. If you think you’ll have 2 years of PhD study from Spring 2017 in which to schedule 3, 4-month work terms, you are welcome to apply. SSHRC-holders and international students are both eligible to apply.

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What’s the Timeline?

1. Interested students can apply to the Co-op Program (application form, cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 references) by Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4pm.

2. English PhD applicants who meet the application criteria will be asked to participate in a short 20-minute interview with Dr. Tiffany Potter, with the English Department and Anna Jubilo, Graduate Co-op Coordinator with the Arts Co-op Program, during the week of October 26 to discuss their specific interests and what the program can offer. History PhD applicants will be asked to participate in a short 20-minute interview with Dr. Coll Thrush, with the History Department and Anna Jubilo, Graduate Co-op Coordinator with the Arts Co-op Program.

Offers of a spot in the program will be made in November.

3. Co-op students will receive one-on-one training and coaching on non-academic applications and interview skills from November through January and attend an all-day (9am-4pm) interview skills workshop with co-op employers on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Students will then have access to the co-op jobs database, choose which positions they wish to apply for, and go through a competitive hiring process: employers select the students they wish to hire. They may also work with the Graduate Co-op Coordinator to identify employers they may wish to approach together for a potential co-op position.

4. New co-op students will apply for jobs starting in either Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. Job interviews for positions starting in Summer 2017 will occur between January-April 2017. Those for Fall 2017 will occur between May-September 2017. Thereafter, students in the Co-op Program will alternate study and 2 additional work terms.

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Information Session

Learn more about the PhD Co-op Programs and application process by attending our information session. You will hear from current PhD co-op students about their experiences.

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Why Should I Apply to Co-op?

If you are interested in expanding your skill sets and work experience, this is your chance. If you want to provide yourself with more career options after you graduate, Co-op is ideal. If you want to experiment with how your academic skills might translate to either academic administration or non-academic work, please apply. If you want income not solely from grants or teaching during your PhD, co-op will be ideal.

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Who Should NOT Apply?

If you are close to finishing your dissertation, you won’t have time to complete 3 co-op work terms. If you already have a lucrative side-business outside academia, you may not need additional work experience. If you are financially independent and likely to remain so, you may not feel strongly that you need employment options after the completion of your PhD. If you are struggling in the PhD program, Co-op may not be for you.

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Application Details

Download the 2016 English PhD Co-op Program Guide (PDF) or the 2016 History PhD Co-op Program Guide (PDF) for more information on the English PhD and History PhD Co-op Programs’ structure, expectations, and benefits.

To apply, download the Application Checklist below. Submit a paper copy of your application, with accompanying documents, to the Arts Co-op office in Buchanan C121 by 4pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. You will also need to submit an online application form (see Application Checklist for details). Online applications for the 2016/2017 year will open on September 30. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

English and History PhD Co-op Application Checklist 2016 (PDF).

Please note that if you are admitted into the Arts Co-op Program, you will be asked to sign and submit a Terms & Conditions document. You can view the 2015 English PhD Terms & Conditions (Word Doc) here, which outlines the Program’s guidelines.

Feel free to contact Anna Jubilo, Graduate Programs Co-op Coordinator for the Arts Co-op Program, at anna.jubilo@ubc.ca if you have any questions.

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