Work Experience, Co-op and Service Learning

All NSCC programs combine classroom learning with learning on the job. Graduation (from the majority of programs) is dependent on the successful completion of a practical learning component or industry practicum.

NSCC proudly partners with industry to offer sponsorship programs that provide students with funding to assist with the cost of education. This program may also include opportunities for co-operative education, work experience, practicums, and/or employment post-graduation.

Co-operative (Co-op) Education

NSCC offers 40+ diploma programs with an opportunity for Co-op placement. Co-op is a credit course completed between the first and second year of study. This is a paid, full-time, work placement that lasts between 12 - 16 weeks.

Co-op is a mandatory course in the Tourism Management and Culinary Arts programs. For all other two-year programs, Co-op is an optional credit.

NSCC is committed to maintaining national standards in applied education. 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. More employers are recognizing the value of a Co-op education, which can set you apart from the competition.

Co-op Guides

Work Experience

NSCC programs provide real-life opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom. Schedules can vary, but many programs provide work experience during the Spring Term, beginning in late April or May. The schedule and frequency of work experiences varies by program. Work experiences are generally unpaid and last between 5 – 8 weeks.

Work Experience Guides

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 addresses a real need in the community and can be 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. Service Learning experiences vary by program and are defined by program specific learning outcomes and community needs.

Funding Programs

Service Learning Guides

Applied Learning Program BrochureWork Experience & Co-op Brochure

Download our “Applied Learning Programs” brochure and use it as a resource on your employer search.

Insurance Guidelines

Download our Applied Learning Insurance Guidelines (PDF 192KB) to learn more about Student and Partner/Employer coverage requirements.

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