Sustainability Co‑op

Across all sectors, organizations are facing increased  responsibility in solving the most significant environmental and societal challenges of our time. 

Students in the Sustainability Co-op program pursue a Science or 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.

Student skills

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:

  • Numeracy
  • Analysis/Analytical Ability
  • Presentation Skills
  • Research
  • Negotiation
  • Lobbying for social change
  • Data visualization
  • Knowledge of local government structure and identifying jurisdiction
  • Knowledge of finance and economics
  • Community engagement

Employability Skills & Competencies

  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics
  • 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 
  • Construction 
  • Consulting 
  • 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 
  • Conservation 
  • Transportation 
  • Sustainability science 
  • Environmental policy and planning

Past Roles

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:

  • Consultant 
  • Policy Analyst 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Researcher 
  • Business Engagement

Work Term Schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study Study Work term 1
3rd year Study Work term 2 Work term 3
4th year Study Study Break
5th year Study Graduation  


Typical Pay Rates

Hourly $20.00