Experiential Opportunities for Students

Students can make the most of their degree by participating in opportunities that challenge them to apply their growing knowledge outside the classroom.

Benefits to Students

  • Develop solid professional skills and experience
  • Test possible career paths
  • Networking opportunities that increase contacts and post-graduation job prospects
  • Potential to make a difference in the community

New Weekly Trek Placements! Deadline September 23.

Looking to get involved this year? A weekly Trek placement with a non-profit organization can enable you to learn more about community issues, apply your academics in the real world, build lasting connections, and make a difference. There’s a placement to match your interests, schedule, and career goals.

The UBC Learning Exchange facilitates computer drop in programs, ESL conversation talking circles, and other programs. They’re committed to sharing skills and building community. Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House seeks to improve their neighbourhood through afterschool programs for preteens, youth training programs, elementary health and physical activity programs, and senior classes.

Learn about our other placements on our website or by attending an information session on September 12 (4:00-6:30pm, Henry Angus 098), September 15 (3:30-6:00pm, AERL 120) or September 21 (4:00-6:30pm, Henry Angus 098), where you’ll meet with community partners. Apply online by September 23, 2016.

Arts Learning Plan

The following opportunities are also captured in the Arts Learning Plan, an interactive online tool designed to inform students about experiential opportunities available in the Faculty of Arts. Using this tool, students are able to plan their involvement at UBC by choosing from an extensive list of activities and inserting them into a personalized calendar.

Arts Co-op Program

Co-op students alternate between academic terms and challenging, paid work experience with employers across Canada and around the world. Students earn non-academic co-op credit for each work term, and completion of the co-op program is recognized on their UBC degree.

Intake occurs each September and is open to students with at least 27 credits completed, and as of May 2013 have at least 30 required credits remaining.

Arts Internship Program

Internships are part-time, unpaid positions that offer meaningful, career-related experience within the community. Participating organizations include museums, galleries, and neighbourhood houses, as well as organizations focused on heritage, poverty, social justice, and the environment.

Intake occurs in October and February. Students must have completed the writing component of the Writing and Research Requirement to apply.

Career Development

Arts students can start building their careers while still completing their undergraduate degree. The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall offers information on what students can do with their major, career advising for Arts students, Work your BA workshops, Work Learn opportunities, and hosts the Arts Career Xploration each January.

Workshops and events are held throughout the year.

Go Global

Go Global’s international learning programs offer students transformational experiences that promote global awareness, meaningful engagement, and cross-cultural understanding. Programs include academic exchanges, group study programs, and research and service learning.  The CNERS Department runs archaeological field schools in Cyprus, Romania and Sicily through Go Global.

Application deadlines vary depending on program.

Student Leadership

By taking on leadership or mentorship roles, students gain the practical experience sought by employers. Collaboration, communication, project management, and network building are only a few of the wide range of experiences students may gain. Explore leadership and mentorship opportunities through the Faculty of Arts and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall.

Opportunities are available throughout the year.

Arts Tri-Mentoring Program

Tri-Mentoring connects Arts students with industry and faculty mentors, and with one another.  Each year, UBC alumni are matched with a junior (1st /2nd year) and a senior (3rd/4th year) student.  Matches are based on academic and career goals, and expose students to careers in their area of study.

Intake occurs each September.  Participating departments change from year to year.

Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL)

CBEL provides students the opportunity to participate in projects driven by community priorities at non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as public schools. Programs include short-term reading week placements, ongoing Trek placements, courses which include CBEL components, and custom projects.

Application deadlines vary depending on program.