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.  

There are four different ways you can receive work experience while you learn: work terms, co-operative education, internships and service learning.

Work terms

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 40 diploma programs have a co-op placement opportunity that.
  • Co-op is only a mandatory course in the Tourism Management and Culinary ArtsView 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.


Two NSCC programs include an internship: International Business and Oceans Technology. This paid opportunity takes place at the end of the one-year programs and lasts approximately 14 weeks.

Service learning

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.
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