Co-operative Education Program (Co-op)

The iSchool’s Co-operative Education Program, is facilitated by the UBC Arts Co-op Program.

The iSchool’s Co-operative Education Program allows students from the MAS, MLIS, or Dual MAS/MLIS programs to attain paid workplace experience that provides real work practice specific to the information professions to enhance classroom learning. The University and employers co-operate to provide students with an opportunity to learn in a workplace setting by alternating practical, paid work experience in various fields of interest with their academic studies. Co-op graduates will be well prepared, academically and professionally, for their future careers. The program consists of a pre-employment workshop and career-coaching facilitated by iSchool Co-op staff members, employers, alumni, and current students.

During co-op work terms, students complete a series of career-building assignments marked by Co-op staff. They also participate in mid-point and end-of-term evaluations with the iSchool Co-op Coordinator. Successful completion of each work term is noted on the student’s transcripts.

Information sessions are held in person and virtually at the beginning of the September term. New students can apply to the program either in the October of their first term (for those students starting a program in September) or the October prior to their first term (for those students starting a program in January). All students who meet the eligibility requirements are admitted into the co-op program.

For more information on this program please contact the iSchool Co-op Coordinator for the Arts Co-op Program, Anna Jubilo. Application forms, deadlines, and further information are available on the UBC Arts Co-op Page for iSchool Students.

To view the 2014 online session please click here: View the Blackboard Collaborate recording

The numbers and types of jobs posted reflect the Canadian library, archives, and information management job market at the time. As Metro Vancouver is not a big enough market to offer the range of experiences iSchool Co-op students desire, Co-op staff market the program to employers across Canada and around the world, ensuring the widest range and largest number of positions the current job market can provide for each work term. As a result, students willing and able to relocate will be able to apply to more positions. Those interested in taking part in the iSchool Co-op program are highly encouraged to ensure they will be able to accommodate a move from the start of their program of study. For instance, when seeking accommodation in Vancouver, try to find one that allows sub-letting to make it easier to relocate.

On average, 50% of iSchool Co-op jobs require a move to a city outside of Metro Vancouver, mostly to other areas of Canada. Some international positions are available in places such as Switzerland and Australia. Some positions, such as those with the Canadian federal government, are restricted to Canadian citizens because of security clearance requirements. A significant percentage of summer positions are restricted to Canadians or permanent residents aged 30 or under, due to youth employment funding requirements.

Students go through a real world competitive process to secure co-op positions, with support from Co-op staff. This means that Co-op students are not guaranteed a position. Co-op students have access to a database of job postings and choose which positions to apply for. Applications are submitted through the Co-op office, employers review the applications and then select the candidates they wish to interview. All job offers are made though the Arts Co-op office.

Students on a Co-op work term are expected to focus on the placement instead of their studies. This includes time for after-work social activities, professional development, etc. A student on a full-time co-op placement of 24 hours per week or more may enroll in no more than 3 credits of course work (including audit) per co-op term. For students on a part-time co-op placement, the following guide is used: for co-op placements of up to 10 hours a week: 12 credits per term; 11-16 hours per week, 9 credits per term; 17-23 hours per week, 6 credits per term.