Graduate with more than a degree.

Explore your career options with Arts Co-op, while gaining 12-16 months of paid, professional work experience and a network of contacts.

What can Arts Co-op do for you?

Success after graduation

  • 90% of Canadian co-op grads receive job offers within 1 month after graduation
  • Co-op grads earn 12% higher starting salaries than non-co-op grads

Lower student debt or no debt at all

  • Average co-op earnings over 3 work terms = $27,000
  • Total co-op fees over 3 work terms = $2,477
  • Return on investment = $24,523

Job search skills

  • Techniques for writing effective resumes and cover letters
  • One-on-one interview preparation

Enriched classroom learning

  • Discover how your degree applies in the workplace

What types of work and employers can you expect?

Students work in a wide range of positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. See a list of potential jobs and employers here.

Can a student in an Honours program take part in Arts Co-op?

Indeed. We recommend that students interested in combining History Honours with Arts Co-op apply for the Co-op program in their second year and do their first Co-op term prior to the start of third year. However, it is also possible to apply to the Arts Co-op Program in your third year after you have entered the Honours Program.

If you want to pursue this option, you should speak to the Honours Chair, Prof. Robert Brain and to Julie Walchi, the Director of Arts Co-op ( in order to work out a schedule for your co-op terms.

Applying to Arts Co-op

Intake is once each year in September and is open to students in 2nd or 3rd year. Visit for eligibility details, info session dates, and application process.

What History grads say about their journeys in co-op:

Joining the Arts Co-op Program is “one of the best decisions you’ll ever make: professionally, academically, financially, and personally.

Jennifer Tsui, BA 2007, Double Major History & Psychology
Work terms: Royal Tyrrell Museum, UBC Arts Academic Advising, Cornerstone Evangelical Baptist Church, WorkSafeBC


Co-op, with its strong network of employers and its online database, makes it dead simple for you to explore your career options.

Mark Penny, BA 2011, History (Honours)
Work terms: Ericsson, Gulf of Georgia Cannery


To read profiles for these History co-op grads and more, visit the following link