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Work experience

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

Most of our programs combine classroom learning with on-the-job learning, and graduation is often dependent on the successful completion of a work experience.

There are four ways to get work experience:

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

Field experience

Field experience gives you the chance to participate in a workplace setting related to your field of study.

Co-operative education

Co-operative (co-op) education is a credit course completed between your first and second years of study.


Two NSCC programs include an internship: International Business and Oceans Technology.

  • This paid opportunity takes place during the final term of your program and lasts approximately 14 weeks.

Professional practice

Professional practice placements allow you to apply your knowledge and skills required for a professional license or designation.

  • Opportunities are unpaid and vary in duration from a few weeks to a few months.
  • Professional practice is offered in the majority of our health programs.
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