Co-op in Economics

In Economics, having work experience upon graduation provides a distinct competitive advantage. Applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, students gain hands-on experience in their discipline. Co-op helps students determine their strengths and interests while exploring different work environments and test-driving potential careers. Employers from across Canada hire Co-op students to work on special projects and assist during peak periods while often evaluating them for future hire.

Co-op requires three work terms, two of which normally take place in the spring/summer and one is conducted during the regular academic year which means that graduation is usually delayed for one term. Students receive pay to offset costs during a co-op work term.

Each work term is considered an academic course and is noted on a student’s transcript with a Pass or Fail grade. Undergraduate students starting their first co-op work term during or after the summer of 2020 will receive 2 credit hours for each co-op course completed (up to a total of 6 credit hours, counting as two elective courses towards graduation requirements). Undergraduate students who have started their first co-op work term prior to the summer 2020 term, will receive 3 credit hours upon completion of their third co-op work term (counting as one elective course towards graduation requirements).

Students who are interested in completing the co-op option should meet with Economics's Co-op Coordinator, Jessica Saunders, who can provide more detailed information about Acadia’s Co-op Program.

For information on Acadia's nationally accredited Co-op program visit the Acadia Co-operative Education Home Page.