Co-operative Education

Gain practical experience

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 students, just like you, who have experienced learning on co-op work terms.

In the last year, uLethbridge co-op students earned $5.56 million.

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

Co-op is available to all majors in the Faculties of Arts & Science, Fine Arts & Health Sciences and the Dhillon School of Business. Expand the lists below to view all majors:

  • Agricultural Biotechnology*
  • Agricultural Studies*
  • Anthropology*
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archaeology and Geography*
  • Biochemistry*
  • Biological Sciences*
  • Canadian Studies*
  • Chemistry*
  • Computer Science*
  • Computer Science/GIS*
  • Economics*
  • English*
  • Environmental Science*
  • French*
  • French/Spanish*
  • General Major: Humanities
  • General Major: Science
  • General Major: Social Science
  • Geography*
  • GIS
  • History*
  • Japanese
  • Kinesiology* & Physical Education
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics*
  • Indigenous 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
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
  • Indigenous Governance and Business Management
  • International Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Social Responsibility
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Art*
  • Dramatic Arts*
  • Music*
  • New Media
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Addictions Counselling
  • Public Health
  • Therapeutic Recreation
Examples of Employers who have hired co-op students

University of Lethbridge, Department of Psychology: 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

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 Union: 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

A & B Environmental: Taber Herbicide Applicator

ADRI, 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, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry: Chemical Lab Researcher

Research in Motion-Blackberry: (IT) Application Developer

Electronic Arts: Gaming

Sunnybrook Medical Research: Medical research

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