Work experience

A competitive edge before you graduate: network with employers, gain paid work experience, hone your professional skills.

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Applied Science Co-op

As the largest engineering school and co-op program in Western Canada, UBC Engineering graduates 75% of all new engineers in BC each year. What makes these new grads so compelling in today’s competitive job market? The richness and relevance of the real-world experience they gain through UBC’s well-developed and growing co-op program. Alternating academic and co-op work terms, these paid technical employment opportunities are designed to complement your academic specialization, giving you impressive professional experience while furthering your career network with local, national and international employers.

With over 4,500 employer partnerships, the UBC Applied Science Co-op Program has facilitated thousands of connections between our students and local, national and international companies. According to our Applied Science Co-op employers, over 90% are interested in hiring co-op students for permanent positions upon graduation.

Co-op is an option available to students in all of the engineering disciplines at the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and students of any citizenship can participate. Students can apply to the optional Co-op program in their second or third year of UBC Engineering.

Work learn

The Work Learn program allows students to look for a part-time, career-related job or research position on campus. Positions may be open to students in all year levels, including first year. This is a fantastic way to work limited hours in a professional setting while taking courses.

Research work experience

Students may be interested in paid work experience in a research setting which may be available through the Work Learn program, Applied Science Co-op, or Undergraduate Research Awards. There are options for both Canadian and International students to get paid for their research. Some engineering programs may also have additional options for paid research experience.

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