Work Experience Opportunities
Work terms, co-op, internships and service learning
All NSCC programs combine classroom learning with learning on the job. Graduation from most programs is dependent on the successful completion of a work experience component.
We also offer several sponsorship programs that include a work term or co-op placement with the sponsoring employer.
Download our Work Experience brochure (PDF 2.21MB) to use as a resource.
Work terms provide opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
- Opportunities can be paid or unpaid and last between 5 to 8 weeks.
- Most programs provide work terms during the spring, although schedules and the frequency of work terms varies by program.
Cooperative (co-op) education
Co-op is an optional elective credit course completed between the first and second year of study.
- This paid, full-time, work placement lasts between 12 to 16 weeks.
- Employers are increasingly recognizing the value of co-op education. Completing the program can set you apart from the competition.
- Over 50 diploma programs with an opportunity for a co-op placement. View program pages to see if the program you're interested in has a co-op option.
- Our co-op program follows Canadian Association for Cooperative Education (CAFCE) guidelines. Students who successfully complete co-op will have the co-op designation reflected on their transcript and diploma.
- Culinary Arts and Tourism Management are CAFCE Accredited programs with a mandatory co-op that lasts approximately 20 weeks.
Service learning combines service to the community with learning, so you can develop critical thinking, leadership, ethical decision-making, social consciousness and civic responsibility.
- Service learning is completed through a class term project, community organization or partner. For example, last year students at Marconi Campus designed a blood donation campaign for Canadian Blood Services.
- Experiences vary by program and are defined by program specific learning outcomes and community needs.