Co‑op work terms

Take part in Economics Co-operative Education

If you're an economics student, you have the option of completing the Co-operative Education program. Co-op enables  you to combine your academic studies with career-related experience duringthree to four work terms. Co-op students also graduate with the distinction of a Bachelor of Science (Co-op).

Key benefits


Alternate study and work terms to apply what you learn in class to real-world work situations and then apply what you learn at work to your classroom studies. Learn more about your career options by test-driving different work environments before you graduate.


Enter the job market with the distinct advantage of practical work experience thanks to the work terms completed during your co-op experience.


Make vital connections and build rapport with employers and colleagues on your co-op work terms. Many co-op students receive full-time job offers from their co-op employers.


Co-op work terms are paid work terms. Employers pay competitive wages and sometimes relocation expenses. Paid work experience means your employer will expect a high level of productivity and professionalism of you, but you will also learn more as you work on projects that directly contribute to the bottom line of your employer.

Program details

The Co-op Office helps you find the perfect co-op job. The Co-op Office also works closely with the industry to encourage employers to hire co-op students; helps you hone your job applications; and coordinates employer job requests. While co-op opportunities are listed on myCareer, Dalhousie’s online job database, you are also expected to conduct your own independent job search.

Work terms take place during the fall (September - December), spring (January - April) or summer (May - August).

Co-op Orientation course

Once admitted into co-op, you will enroll in the Co-op Orientation Course (SCIE 2800). This online course is designed to help you succeed in the co-op job search and obtain the career you want. Course topics include cover letter writing, resume preparation, interview skills, and job search techniques. SCIE 2800 is a required, non-credit course for co-op students.

Co-op employers

Economics co-op students have worked for many organizations, including:

  • Scotia Bank
  • Service Canada
  • Capital District Health Authority
  • Institute for Ocean Research
  • Bank of Canada
  • Industry Canada
  • Statistics Canada

Considering co-op?

Visit the Co-op Office website to learn more.