For specialized skills and expertise at the graduate level, you can hire co-op students from several programs: UBC iSchool, Master of Public Policy & Global Affairs (MPPGA) and various Master of Arts (MA), and PhD programs.

UBC iSchool

UBC iSchool is a leader in educating information professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and understanding necessary to obtain and manage information in an increasingly complex world. iSchools across the world make up an international consortium of institutions with a common interest in the relationship between information, people, and technology.

UBC iSchool students are trained in today’s best professional practices. They will become leaders in the planning, implementation, preservation, and organization of society’s recorded information and ideas, in both analog and digital formats.

Students develop their expertise through their studies in Master of Archival Studies (MAS)

Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), or Dual MAS/MLIS (MASLIS).

Students can also guide their studies in one of six areas of focus, including First Nations Curriculum Concentration, Designing for People, and Information Interaction and Design.

  • Archives & Records Management
  • Library & Information Services
  • Preservation & Digitization of Information
  • Information & Data Analysis
  • Qualitative & Quantitative Research
  • Information Systems
  • UX & Information Design
  • Information Policy

Master of Public Policy & Global Affairs (MPPGA)

The MPPGA program is designed to train students to become highly skilled, globally-minded policy practitioners. Our students have excelled in roles in non-governmental organizations, as well as local and national governments, and inter-governmental agencies.

Students are available every May for four or eight-month paid work terms, and every September for four-month terms. If you are interested in hiring an MPPGA student, we recommend that you start the process four months in advance of the start date to ensure access to the largest pool of candidates.

MPPGA students are trained with a broad skill set that combines data analysis with policy tools, economic understanding, communication skills, and creativity.

MPPGA students specialize in one of three streams:

  • Development and Social Change
  • Resources, Energy, and Sustainability
  • Global Governance and Security

  • Policy Strategy, Design & Analysis
  • Data Analysis
  • External Relations
  • Global Security
  • Government Relations
  • Immigration & International Development
  • Regulatory & Environmental Affairs
  • Research Services
  • Social Service Delivery
  • Strategic Communications & Digital Diplomacy

Master of Arts in Political Science

Through their academic training, which features Canada’s most robust sequence of graduate methods, MA Political Science students are equipped to tackle complex domestic and global issues with analytical and quantitative skills, critical thinking, cultural and theoretical fluency, and more.

Students are available every May for four-month paid work terms. If you are interested in hiring a Political Science master’s student, we recommend that you start the process four months in advance of the start date to ensure access to the largest pool of candidates.

  • Survey design and analysis
  • Quantitative & qualitative research methods
  • Indigenous politics
  • Political behavior and critical political theory
  • International relations
  • Public policy
  • Environmental politics

  • Policy Analyst / Policy Developer
  • Planner
  • Data Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Copywriter
  • Communications Specialist
  • Polling Analyst
  • Marketing Specialist

Master of Arts in English

The UBC English Graduate Program, one of the most vibrant and wide-ranging in Canada, has been awarding the MA degree since 1919. The MA English program is designed to equip students to succeed in roles in academia, education, government, non-profit organizations and the private sector. The MA can be completed in one-two years and students may specialize in either English literature or English language.

Students are available every summer for a 12-16 week paid work term of at least 420 hours. If you are interested in hiring an English MA student, we recommend that you begin the process four months before the job start date in order to attract qualified candidates.

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Textual analysis
  • Literature

  • Researcher
  • Writer/copywriter
  • Copy editor
  • Communications Specialist
  • Social media
  • Public relations


The UBC English, History, Germanic Studies, Philosophy, and Gender, Race, and Social Justice (GRSJ) Graduate Programs are the only programs at UBC to provide employers access to PhD co-op students.

With highly developed research, communications, and writing skills at the PhD level, students in this program can take on larger, more complex work than what could be assigned to other students.

  • Project Management
  • Program Administration
  • Educational Programming
  • Writing & Editing
  • Teaching & Curriculum Development
  • Research
  • Strategic & Creative Communications
  • Journalism
  • Language Translation
  • Policy Analysis

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