The Chemistry Co-op Option

Students typically enrol in Co-op in September of Year 2 and will gain Professional Development (PD) training in resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, work ethics and professional practices as part of this program.

Points of interest:

  • There has been 100% placement rate for students over the past 3 years in Chemistry
  • Companies that hire Acadia Chemistry Co-op students include: Sepracor Canada Inc., Maxxam Analytics, Irving Oil Refinery, Genzyme Diagnostics Inc., Institute for Marine Biosciences and the list goes on
  • Co-op and Honours are compatible … you can do both!
  • Co-op will extend your degree, but offers a multitude of benefits like:
    • 1 year's worth of hands-on discipline-related work experience by the time you graduate
    • The ability to test-drive careers…find out what you want
    • Opening previously closed doors to industry and government
    • Paying for your education as you go: Ave. salary $14.50/hour
    • Industry contacts and references
    • Full-time job offers before you graduate, higher starting salaries

Co-op Scheduling

Option 1: Completion of three 4-month Co-op work terms (WT) with an optional fourth work term. Semesters where students are enrolled in full-time studies on-campus are denoted with an 'A'.

Semester Fall Winter Summer
Year 2 Enroll, PD PD WT1
Year 3 A A WT2
Year 4 WT3* A WT4
Year 5 A    

*WT3 may be completed during either the Fall or Winter semester of Year 4

 

Option 2: Completion of one Co-op work term (WT) and a 12-16 month internship (I) completed between year 3 and 4. Semesters where students are enrolled in full-time studies on-campus are denoted with an 'A'.

Semester Fall Winter Summer
Year 2 Enroll, PD PD WT1
Year 3 A A I1
Year 4 I2 I3 I4
Year 5 A A  

 

For more information check out Co-operative Education in Chemistry at Acadia.