Combine work experience with academics

Co-operative Education combines real-world work experience with academic studies and has garnered international recognition as the preferred way to complete a degree. The program works to create a partnership between students, the university, and the employer, to offer students an extended learning environment, and the ability to network with employers.

As a student at the University of Lethbridge, you have an extraordinary opportunity to create an academic experience that fits you like a tailored suit. Combined with a foundation in liberal education and armed with hands-on work experience through co-op, you will graduate with a head start on the path to your future.

Benefits of Co-operative Education

  • Discover your career options to make realistic and informed career choices
  • Gain practical experience in a real-world setting while making valuable contacts
  • Explore a variety of employment sectors to try out your major
  • Develop valuable research skills for future work experience or graduate school
  • Receive specialized support developing your resume, cover letter, and interview skills
  • Gain valuable job and life skills to assist in the transition from university to your career
  • Maintain full-time student status while you work full-time
  • Reduce the cost of your education by earning competitive wages (between $2,500 - $5,400/month)
  • Increase your marketability after graduation
  • Obtain a Co-operative Education designation on your degree and transcript

Don't just take our word for it! Hear from current co-op students, just like you, who are experiencing learning on work terms right now!

The co-op program at uLethbridge helped Kyle gain confidence and find direction for the future

University of Lethbridge Co-op Program

Callum gained a unique perspective as a co-op student working within the co-op office

Vicky Wu
"Through co-op, I was able to choose positions that allowed me to combine my interests in marketing and social change. I now work for an organization that makes a positive impact on people's lives through responsible social marketing programs. In addition, I've built a great foundation of skills and experience and gained valuable insights into other health organizations and career possibilities."

Vicky Wu BMgt Co-op '08
Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta Employment and Industry


Eligible Programs

The Co-operative Education program is available to undergraduate and graduate-level students in the Faculty of Arts & Science, Dhillon School of Business, Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Health Sciences within the following fields of study:

* denotes graduate-level co-op availability

  • Agricultural Biotechnology*
  • Agricultural Studies*
  • Anthropology*
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archaeology and Geography*
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry*
  • Biological Sciences*
  • Canadian Studies*
  • Chemistry*
  • Computer Science*
  • Computer Science/GIS*
  • Economics*
  • English*
  • Environmental Science*
  • French*
  • General Major: Humanities
  • General Major: Science
  • General Major: Social Science
  • Geography*
  • GIS
  • History*
  • Japanese
  • Kinesiology* & Physical Education
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics*
  • Modern Languages
  • Native American Studies*
  • Neuroscience*
  • Philosophy*
  • Physics*
  • Political Science*
  • Psychology*
  • Religious Studies*
  • Remote Sensing
  • Sociology*
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Urban & Regional Studies*
  • Women & Gender Studies*

Note: Some of these programs are accredited through Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL)

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Enterprise Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
  • Indigenous Governance and Business Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Social Responsibility
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Art*
  • Dramatic Arts*
  • Music*
  • New Media

Explore career options, participate in research, and develop skills that complement your degree!

“I give the co-op department at the University of Lethbridge a huge credit for putting me two years in front of other fresh university graduates in regards to work experience. It gave me an opportunity to evaluate career alternatives prior to making a final decision on a full time job with IBM.”
Dheeraj Achra
BSc Computer Science

Examples of Employers who have hired co-op students

BSc Students

Employer Co-op position
A & B Environmental Taber Herbicide Applicator
A.D.R.I., Health Canada Lethbridge Virology Research Technician
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Lethbridge Research Assistant
Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd. Network Assistant
Cyanamid Lethbridge & Calgary Field Research Assistant
Syncrude Canada Ft. McMurray LAN Administrator
University of Lethbridge Chemistry Department Chemical Lab Researcher
Research in Motion- Blackberry (IT) Application Developer
Electronic Arts Gaming
Sunnybrook Medical Research Medical research

BA Students

Employer Co-op position
University of Lethbridge Psychology Department Research Assistant
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Agricultural Specialist
Department of Indian Affairs, Ottawa Senior Researcher
Southern Alberta Historic sites Lethbridge Economic Researcher
Town of Taber Urban & Municipal Planner
Writing on Stone Provincial Park, Milk River Park Naturalist/Interpreter
Global Affairs Canada Trade Commissioner Assistant, Policy Analyst

BMgt Students

Employer Co-op position
Teck Operational Excellence Co-op Student
Imperial Human Resources Analyst Student
Pepsi Operations Management Co-op Student
KPMG Tax Student
1st Choice Savings and Credit Unit Financial Analyst
Economic Development Lethbridge Business Development Student
Coulee Brew Co. Marketing Analyst and Business Development Student
Parks Canada Assistant Marketing Coordinator
Global Affairs Canada Trade Commissioner Assistant

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