Graduate with more than a degree and explore your career options with Arts Co-op.
As an Arts Co-op PhD student, you’ll gain 12 months of paid work experience and a network of professional contacts through a variety of opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Arts Co-op partners with a diverse range of employers to provide transformative workplace learning experiences for your personal, academic and professional growth while helping you prepare for your future career.
The English PhD Co-op program gives students the opportunity to:
- Explore various career options and gain substantial experience to put on their resumes
- Enrich academic learning with workplace experience
- Develop their professional skills and network
- Engage in paid public humanities or community engagement work
- Apply to positions that require students to be in a co-op program (such as federal government jobs and some positions in the cultural industries)
- Finance their degrees with relevant, paid work
Employers hire UBC English PhD co-op students based on their specialized skills and potential career interests. UBC English PhD students can expect to work in areas such as:
- Academic administration
- Communications and public relations
- Curriculum development
- Instruction and training
- Project management
- Research and analysis
- Web design and content development
- Writing and editing
Co-op coordinators work closely with employers locally, nationally, and internationally to develop challenging, career-related positions for co-op students in the non-profit, government (federal/provincial/municipal), and private business sectors.
To learn more about the experience of participating in PhD Co-op from people who’ve done it, read:
- “Integrating the Public Humanities with Career Development” by Henry John (PhD Candidate, UBC History)
- “Why it’s worth considering a PhD Co-op” by Sharon Engbrecht (PhD Candidate, UBC English)