Co-op is available in a wide range of programs: 


A foundation of research and innovation equips Dalhousie Science students with the skills and knowledge to tackle major global challenges. Science co-op students apply the latest theories to fields including biotechnology, conservation, agriculture, medicine, meteorology, and economics.

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Computer Science

As technology develops exponentially, demand for high-level tech professionals follows suit. Dalhousie information technology co-op students reach beyond technical programming to stand at the forefront of innovation and creativity. Programs offer specialized skillsets ranging from client relationship management to robust database design in fields including health care, education, business, finance and government.


Problem solvers by design, Dalhousie Engineering students innovate to overcome today’s greatest challenges, whether it’s improving health care, seeking energy solutions, or ensuring safe water supplies. Engineering co-op students work in fields including energy, transportation, manufacturing, construction, mining and product development.

Co-op programs


A unique interdisciplinary program, Sustainability Co-op students bring a new diversity of thought to the workplace. Students combine the strength of their chosen discipline with a deep understanding of today’s sustainability and societal issues.  From tackling climate change to food security, Sustainability Co-op students play a leadership role in creating the conditions for a more environmentally sustainable future.

Sustainability Co-op


The primary aim of the professional architecture program is to educate individuals who intend to become professional architects. The program includes two co-op work terms in which students work in an approved professional office (or another relevant place of work) to gain practical experience in architectural design and responsible professional practice. The work terms rely on a co-operative effort involving the school, students, and employers. In addition to working in an office, students are expected to learn how it operates and to complete a professional practice assignment that will be evaluated later by a faculty member. 

Architecture Co-op


All students in the Master of Planning program are required to complete a work term. This normally occurs between the first and second academic years. Co-op work terms normally begin after May 1, preceded by hiring activities from January to April. The actual start date and end date of the work term are negotiated between the student and the employer.

To satisfy the program's requirements, work terms must be at least 500 hours during 15 weeks or more. Positions should expose students to the planning of the scientific, aesthetic, and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities, and services, with a view to securing the physical, economic, and social efficiency, and the health and well-being of urban and rural communities. Appropriate placements are typically in government planning offices, consulting firms, development companies, research centres, or NGOs. Students may find work placements in Canada or abroad.

Planning Co-op