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Work experience opportunities

Message to our Employer Partners

Posted April 22, 2020 

Student placements are an integral component of our programs, and as a College we rely on our partners in the community for these opportunities.

In accordance with recent guidelines, our campuses are now closed to all but employees, and we are transitioning our services and face-to-face learning to distance methods of delivery. Our focus is on the safety of our students, employees and partners.

At this time, there is a minimum number of programs that will be proceeding with work experience courses, while the majority have either been postponed or cancelled. To find out more information on which programs are proceeding, please contact us at  

This is a dynamic situation and our plans will continue to evolve as we adapt to direction and guidance from federal and provincial government officials. We will continue to keep our community advised as our planning takes shape.

Thank you again for your support during these unprecedented times. 

Field experience, co-op, internships and service learning

Most 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 field experience or co-op placement with the sponsoring employer.  

There are four different ways you can receive work experience while you learn:

Preparing for a work experience

  • International students require a work permit for all work placements; this is different than a study permit. Visit NSCC International to find out more. 
  • Some employers require students to provide record checks (i.e. criminal records, vulnerable sector, child abuse registry, etc.) or other screening procedures (i.e. immunization, first aid, food handling, etc.) prior to starting a work placement. You're responsible for obtaining these records and having them available to be reviewed by the placement partner prior to the start of the placement.
  • Download our work experience brochure (PDF 2.21MB) to use as a resource.

Field experience

Field experience provide opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.

  • Opportunities can be paid or unpaid and last 5 to 8 weeks.
  • Most programs provide field experience during the spring, although schedules and the frequency of field experience varies by program.

Co-operative (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 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Co-op represents one full credit and regular tuition applies. View tuition amounts here 
  • 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 Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) 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 during the final term of the program 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, students at Marconi Campus recently designed a blood donation campaign for Canadian Blood Services.
  • Experiences vary by program and are defined by program-specific learning outcomes and community needs.