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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA)

If you are interested in getting more involved with museums and collections at MOA, the following opportunities may be of interest.

Volunteer Associates
MOA has a lot of Volunteer Associates that they rely on quite heavily; they do everything from serving as guides/docents to helping with exhibitions. Volunteers go through a lot of training, all of which is valuable for anyone interested in working with museum collections. But it is a serious time commitment that may not be suitable for full-time students.

Work-Learn Opportunities
MOA hires work-learn students to help with all aspects of work in the museum. These opportunities post several times a year, and vary in their focus (it can be more unpredictable but more rewarding!).

MOA also offers a few internships a year, but these are more disparate. Keep checking back!

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.