Co‑op work terms

Take part in the Science Co-operative Education program

If you're an Environmental Science student, you have the option of taking part in the Co-operative Education program. This program offers you a practical combination of academic studies and career-related experience. You alternate three to four work terms with academic study terms and graduate with a Bachelor of Science, Co-op.

Key benefits

  • Our employment rate averages 97%, a near-perfect placement rate.
  • You can acquire career-related experience and learn new skills on the job.
  • Work terms let you apply skills learned in your studies to real situations.
  • You gain recognized work experience and develop professional abilities.
  • Co-ops give you a chance to test and explore careers in your field of study.

Program details

  • Work terms take place in the fall (September to December), spring (January to April) or summer (May to August).
  • If you are interested in completing the co-op option, you can apply to the program after your first year of university study.
  • Work terms last from 13 to 17 weeks.
  • The Science Co-op office team helps you find the perfect work placement. Many positions are listed on MyJobs, an online job listing. The office also works closely with the industry to encourage work placements; helps you with resume writing; and co-ordinates employer job requests. 
  • You are also encouraged to start your own independent job search.
  • A great benefit of the Co-op program is that placements are paid work terms, allowing you to gain valuable work experience while earning money to help fund your studies.

Professional development seminar

Once you enter the Science Co-op program, you enroll in SCIE 2800: Science Co-operative Education Seminar Series. The course is a series of professional development seminars designed to help you get the career you want. Seminar 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 and is only offered in the fall term.

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study Study Work term 1
3rd year Study Study Work term 2
4th year Study Work term 3 Final semester of study



Past student co-op work-term placements through the Environmental Science Program

  • Environment Canada
  • Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture
  • Clean Nova Scotia
  • CH2M Hill
  • Geological Survey of Canada
  • Public Works and Government Services of Canada
  • Cape Breton Highlands
  • Dalhousie University/Bedford Institute of Oceanography

For more information on the Environmental Science Co-op Program, contact the Environmental Science co-op program coordinator, Tarah Wright:

Tel.: (902) 497.1831