Apply for Co-op

Applications are now open for the 2020/21 intake.

Please review the Arts Co-op Program Guide and the 2020/21 Application Checklist for details on how to submit your application.

The deadline to submit all components of your application is 4pm PDT on September 28, 2020.

Note that there is only 1 intake per academic year.

To apply for Arts Co-op in September 2020, you must:

  • Be a registered full-time student in a BA, BMus, BFA, BIE, or BMS degree program
  • Have completed at least 21 credits at the time of application*
  • As of May 2021, have at least 21 credits remaining to complete your degree*
  • Have a cumulative average of at least 72%.

International students are eligible to apply.

* The number of credits have been adjusted for the 2020/2021 intake to reflect the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on students. Normally, students are required to have completed at least 27 credits at the time of application and, as of the following May, have at least 27 credits remaining to complete their degrees.

Interested in learning more? Attend an info session to hear how the program works, the types of work and employers you can expect, and more. Senior Arts Co-op students and/or alumni will also be on hand to share their experiences.

General Info Sessions*:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 12-1pm PDT
  • Friday, September 11, 12-1pm PDT
  • Monday, September 14, 5-6pm PDT
  • Monday, September 21, 5-6pm PDT

Info Sessions for International Students*:

  • Tuesday, September 15, 5-6pm PDT
  • Wednesday, September 16, 9-10am PDT

Info Session for BIE & Economics Students*:

  • Wednesday, September 16, 3:30-4:30 PDT

You can also visit our Recruitment Drop-in Office Hours*:

  • Monday to Friday, September 10 to September 25, 4-5pm PDT
  • Last Drop-in Office Hour, September 28, 10am - 12pm PDT

*All info sessions and drop-in hours will be held virtually via Zoom. To access these sessions, enroll in our Canvas course.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including Indigenous persons, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities.

If you require accommodations in the application process because you’re a person with a disability, please contact us at arts.co-op@ubc.ca.

We also support co-op students with disabilities when seeking appropriate workplace accommodations with their co-op employers.

Students in the program must compete for co-op jobs, just like they would in a real world job hunt. Therefore, we strive to admit well-rounded students who would be strong ambassadors for our program. Your application should reflect this, with a strong focus on professionalism in content and format.

After the application period closes, there will be 2 rounds of evaluation. In round 1, shortlisted students are selected for a writing activity. Students shortlisted from that round will either be invited to group intake interviews or admitted directly without an intake interview. Through this process, we look for the following in prospective students:

  • Excellent written communication skills, as demonstrated by a strong application package
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership, time management, and team work qualities
  • Demonstrated professionalism, maturity, enthusiasm, flexibility, and career motivation
  • Willingness to apply to a broad range of positions, regardless of location or wage (an ideal co-op student has a sense of adventure!)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 72%

If you decide that you are unable to participate in the Arts Co-op Program, or if you are not selected, there are other on-campus resources to help with your career development and job search skills. Please consider the following:

We also encourage you to reapply to Arts Co-op next year, if you are still eligible.