Arts Co-Op Program

When you graduate, will you have work experience? A professional network and the confidence to pursue a job you want?

Did you know that 90% of Canadian Co-op graduates receive job offers within one month of graduation!? Explore your career options with Arts Co-op, while building 12-16 months of paid work experience, valuable job search skills, and a professional network with a variety of employers.

Other benefits of Co-op:

  • Co-op grads earn 12% higher starting salaries
  • Gain job search skills through extensive and specialized pre-employment training, including resume/cover letter writing, interview, and workplace success strategies
  • Gain 12-16 months of professional work experience and a network of contacts
  • Leave UBC with lower debt or no debt at all
  • Clarify career goals and options available to you with a BA
  • Enrich classroom learning, and discover how your degree applies in the workplace
  • Personalized support from Co-op Coordinators and student/alumni mentors
  • Access to online Co-op resources
  • What Kinds of Jobs Can Arts Co-op Students Do?

    Psychology Co-op students work in a wide-range of non-profit, public, and private sector jobs locally, nationally, and internationally with organizations such as (to name a few):

  • Samsung
  • Aboriginal Affairs
  • Northern Development Cda
  • NewspaperDirect Inc.
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Cda
  • Lions Society of BC, Easter Seals Camp
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Union Gospel Mission
  • National Research Council
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Psychology students have done work in areas such as:

  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Fundraising & Proposal Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Event & Project Management
  • Child & Youth Programming
  • Research & Policy Analysis
  • Web Design
  • Program Administration
  • Gallery & Museum Tours

    What do Psychology grads say about their journeys in co-op?

    Joining the Arts Co-op Program is "one of the best decisions you’ll ever make: professionally, academically, financially, and personally." - Jennifer Tsui, BA, Double Major Psychology and History

    "My Co-op work terms are the reason I was able to find a great job immediately after graduation." Kelsey Beninger, BA, Major Psychology

    To read profiles about the experiences of these and other Psychology co-op students, visit

    More about Arts Co-op:

    Intake for Arts Co-op takes place once each academic year in September. Visit to learn more about the eligibility and application process.

    Want to learn more about the Arts Co-op Program? Attend a 2013/2014 50-min information session:

  • Wed, Sept 11 @ 4:00 pm – BUCH A102
  • Thurs, Sept 19 @ 12:30 pm – IBLC 182
  • Mon, Sept 23 @ 3:00 pm – IBLC 182

    Or speak to your Psychology Department Co-op Advisor, Dr. Gillian Watson - D T Kenny Rm 1505B