Apply to Co-op

All students interested in applying to the Arts Co-op program must meet the below requirements and follow the application process.

How to Apply

Applications are closed for the 2021/2022 intake. We will announce details for the 2022/23 intake by early September 2022. Please note that there is only 1 intake per academic year.


To apply for Arts Co-op in September 2022, you must:

  • Be a registered, full-time student in a BA, BFA, BIE, BMS, or BMus degree program
  • Have completed at least 21 credits at the time of your application
  • Have at least 21 credits remaining to complete your degree, as of May 2023
  • Have a cumulative academic average of at least 72%

Eligibility requirements are the same for all undergraduate Arts students, including international students.

Evaluation of Applications

Students admitted to the program will 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 two rounds of evaluation. In round one, 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 teamwork 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%

Application FAQs

September: Attend information session and submit application by deadline

October: Writing assessment and interviews (select candidates will be invited for interviews, while others will be admitted directly)

November: Offers extended to successful applicants, who then attend mandatory Pre-Employment Training Conference #1

January: Begin applying for summer co-op positions and attend mandatory Pre-Employment Training Conference #2

March/ April: Complete Workplace Success Modules

May: Start your first co-op work term and/or begin applying for fall jobs

Yes, hundreds of our students (around 10% of work terms per year) have experienced rewarding work in many exciting countries over the years. Many co-op students work abroad to explore another country while gaining paid professional experience – something not available on an international study exchange.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, UBC has cancelled international activities, so we have not been posting international co-op opportunities for the time being. We will resume offering international work terms once we are able to.

Yes, Arts Co-op students may participate in both Go Global and Co-op. Once we are able to resume international activities, you're encouraged to explore participating in co-op and exchange.

Just keep in mind that applying for positions and securing a job while abroad will require greater diligence. We recommend meeting with a coordinator to discuss how to best support your plans.

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

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

COVID-19 Considerations

Yes, we are proceeding as scheduled and accepting applications during our annual intake in September. We look forward to seeing your application!

While COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the global economy and job market, we have seen a steady recovery and co-op posting numbers are back to pre-pandemic levels.

As an Arts Co-op student, you will be able to book video or phone appointments with our co-op coordinators, with availability throughout the day and early evening to accommodate for time differences.

UBC Career Development Resources

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.

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