Across all sectors, organizations are facing increased responsibility in solving the most significant environmental and societal challenges of our time.
For the first time at Dal, you can hire a Sustainability Co-op student.
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.
Students in the Sustainability Co-op program pursue a Science of Arts discipline of their choice and combine it with a major in Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) through Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability.
More than just sustainability, Dalhousie Sustainability Co-op students consider the ways in which the environment, economy, and society are interconnected. Our students represent a new generation of solutions-minded leaders who can tackle today’s real-world problems and change our world for the better.
Download the program rack card [PDF, 133KB].
“Our ESS students are genuinely interested, concerned and motivated to be part of the solution for today’s environmental sustainability challenges. And that translates into performance.” - Dr. Peter Muskat, Sustainability Co-op Faculty Advisor
Sustainability Co-op is a unique program at Dal. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, students combine their first major (within an area of Science or Arts), with a double major in Environment, Sustainability, and Society (ESS). Student academic backgrounds may vary, but typical skill sets include:
- Analysis/Analytical Ability
- Presentation Skills
- Lobbying for social change
- Data visualization
- Knowledge of local government structure and identifying jurisdiction
- Knowledge of finance and economics
- Community engagement
Employability Skills & Competencies
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Lifelong learning
- Solutions-based experience
- Environmental decision making
- Aquaculture, agriculture and forestry
- Non-profit and social change enterprises
- Financial firms
- Legal firms
- Education and research institutions
- Environment, energy, and natural resources
- Food industry and food banks
- Economic development agencies
- Governments and municipalities
- Water commissions, wastewater treatment and solid waste
- Sustainability science
- Environmental policy and planning
While Sustainability Co-op is new to Dalhousie, the ESS program itself is well established, and boasts a network of more than 500 alumni over the last 10 years. Sustainability interns and new grads have worked in various roles, including:
- Policy Analyst
- Community Engagement
- Business Engagement
Work term schedule
|2nd year||Study||Study||Work term 1|
|3rd year||Study||Study||Work term 2|
|4th year||Work term 3||Study||Break|