Combine relevant job experience with classroom studies
Co-operative education (co-op) is a mandatory program for Bachelor of Commerce students that combines learning in the classroom with hands-on work experience.
Dalhousie offers one of the few CAFCE accredited commerce co-op programs in Canada. Achieving the accreditation standards established by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education ensures that the program has a credible and valuable co-op educational strategy.
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 Commerce Co-op schedule is provided below.
(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - Apr.)
(May - Aug.)
||Work Term 1
||Work Term 2
||Work Term 3
Finding a work term
Our students have secured work terms with companies large and small, including:
- Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
- Rogers Communications Inc.
- Scotia Capital
- McCain Foods Limited
- Cossette Communications Group Inc.
- Canadian Tire
- United Way
Conducting your own job search for each work term position is an important part of your learning experience and our Management Career Services team can help. Whether it's resumé advice or connecting you to relevant job postings, you'll find a number of services to help you with your search.
Co-op jobs will be posted to myCareer—a job site just for Dalhousie students. myCareer also allows us to maintain records of your work terms. Should you choose to pursue work term opportunities outside the myCareer site, job postings must be approved by Management Career Services to ensure they are suitable for a work term.
Entrepreneurial work term
An entrepreneurial work term (EWT) can be considered a co-op work term. Enrolment in an EWT offers you an amazing opportunity to explore small business ownership, while fulfilling co-op related degree requirements. Management Career Services works with the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship to oversee and support students interested in planning and running their own business ventures. Find out more on the Management Career Services website.