People

Through co-op, Stephanie gained hands-on knowledge and learned what it is like to work in an academic library – all of which she could not have learned in the classroom alone.

Through co-op, Jessica was able to pave the way to her current position, gaining what she calls “invaluable experiences” each step along the way.

Throughout his co-op terms, Jason was able to improve his data analysis skills with hands-on experience in solving business problems, providing him with inside access to the public research industry post-graduation.

Not only did Stephanie’s co-op positions help validate that she wanted to pursue a career involving coaching others, they also gave her a portfolio of credible experiences to draw upon long after graduation.

Duncan’s experience highlights, in his words, “what co-op is all about” – the opportunity to become an integral part of an organization and do work that is beyond the scope of a typical intern.

Gabriela is our 2018 Undergraduate Co-op Student of the Year, honoured for her work term with Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Gabriela sees her time with GAC as her “capstone position” – an opportunity that allowed her to sharpen her career goals and provided personal and professional development beyond expectations.

Emily is our 2017/2018 iSchool (SLAIS) MLIS Co-op Student of the Year, honoured for her work term with the UBC Learning Exchange and UBC Library’s Community Engagement team. Emily is extremely excited about a future in which libraries can help communities by dismantling barriers to information access.

Ashwini is our 2018 Undergraduate Co-op Student of the Year Honourable Mention, recognized for her work term with TRIUMF. Ashwini feels that working at TRIUMF taught her how diverse the communications field is, and because of her team’s support, guidance, and mentorship, she has found a new passion for public relations.

Allison is our 2017/2018 iSchool (SLAIS) MAS Co-op Student of the Year, honoured for their work term with the Digitized Okanagan History (DOH) project at UBC Okanagan. Allison feels that their co-op experience has helped to sharpen focus in their academic studies and they look forward to bringing these skills with them in future work.

Andrea had the opportunity to apply her academic knowledge of community librarianship to her workplace, by prioritizing patron needs and ensuring that libraries are accessible, relevant, and helpful to the community.