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Work-integrated learning at NSCC

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Most NSCC programs combine classroom learning with learning on the job. Learning on the job as part of your program is called ‘work-integrated learning’, and it’s an important part of preparing to enter the workforce. Graduation from most programs is dependent on the successful completion of work-integrated learning.

Work-integrated learning lets you immerse yourself in meaningful learning outside of the classroom - in the community, with employers and with industry. You grow your skills, get valuable experience, round out your education, test-drive an organization to see if it’s the right fit and build connections.

Depending on your program, there are five ways you can experience work-integrated learning at NSCC:

  • Field experience
  • Co-operative education
  • Internships
  • Professional practice
  • Sea time

These types of work-integrated learning vary in timeframe, frequency and compensation. Many work-integrated learning opportunities begin in the spring, toward the end of the academic year.

Employers: If you're looking to hire or offer a work experience to an NSCC student, visit employer and industry collaboration for details or email .

March is National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month

National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month is a time to celebrate the benefits of work-integrated learning for students and employers. Here’s what they’re saying:

“This co-op has really enhanced my career development by teaching me things that you simply don’t learn in school. By working in a public accounting firm, I was able to learn hands-on how this environment runs, the different roles and tasks as well as the variety of clients served. This work experience has taught me a lot about myself, my career and has solidified everything I’ve learned up to date at NSCC."

Kayla Comeau, NSCC Business Administration student, Class of 2021

“By partnering with NSCC’s International Business program, we have found a niche that has exceeded our expectations. The student interns are keen and diverse, and they have become important contributors in a range of roles within our organization.”

Ruth LeBlanc, Director of Administration, Armour Transportation Systems

“From the first day she walked through our door I was very impressed with her interactions with our residents and staff. She was very comfortable in our home and took her work placement very seriously and showed great initiative. After a few days of being here, she knew the routine and was not afraid to jump in and help where she seen she was needed.”

Kelly McMullen, Program Coordinator, Resi-Care CB Association