Co‑op work terms

Gain experience and earn up to $10,000 per co-op work term

The co-op education program is an optional component of the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (BACS) and integrates academic study with three four-month, relevant, paid work terms. Students apply what they have learned in class to real-world work environments, then apply what they have learned at work back in the classroom while earning approximately $10,000 per work term. 

Upon gradutation, students enter the job market with the advantage of practical work experience.

What you'll get out of it:

  • Valuable and relevant work experience
  • Transferable skills sought by employers
  • The ability to earn a pay cheque
  • Essential job search skills
  • An opportunity to explore career interests before graduation
  • A network of contacts

How it works

You will be required to complete a minimum of 42 weeks over three work terms. Work terms alternate between academic terms in your second and third years. A typical Bachelor of Applied Computer Science schedule is provided below.



(Sept. - Dec.)


(Jan. - Apr.)


(May - Aug.)
1 Academic Term Academic Term -
2 Academic Term Academic Term Work Term 1
3 Academic Term Work Term 2 Academic Term
4 Work Term 3 Academic Term Academic Term


Finding a work term

Our students have secured work terms with companies large and small, including:

  • J.D Irving Limited
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • NS Power
  • T4G Limited
  • Communications Security Establishment
  • MDA Corporation 
  • Simplycast Interactive Marketing Ltd 
  • SolutionInc Limited

Co-op profile

Working at Dalhousie's Ocean Tracking Network

“The most interesting part about Informatics and Computer Science it that they cross over into almost every field of study,” he says. “Oceanography and Biology are generating so much information and data management has been a part of those fields for decades and will be for a long time.”

When asked if Alex believes that his Co-op experiences to date have helped him prepare for his future, he talks about the difference between course work and actual work experience. He feels the skills around solving problems that come out of working is so much more valuable to his future than the concepts taught in the class. Read more.