Integrated Sciences Co-op Option

IntSci Co-op

The Faculty of Science offers Co-operative Education for IntSci students. Co-op is intended to integrate academic education with relevant, supervised and paid work experience in order to prepare students for future job markets (academic and non-academic). Co-op can be a very valuable experience and is recommended for students with good academic standing. Once students are enrolled in the co-op program, they have access to all positions. To enter Integrated Sciences Co-op, students must have a B average. Interested students should apply through the Cooperative Education office.

Work Term Schedule

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2 -
2 Study Term 3 Study Term 4 -
3 Study Term 5 Study Term 6 Work Term 1
4 Work Term 2 Work Term 3 Work Term 4
5 Study Term 7 Study Term 8  


Tips for Success

  • Gain as much lab experience as possible – can’t get into 3rd year lab courses? Volunteer at a UBC lab / other labs.

  • ​Strongly consider taking CPSC 110 or 210 or programming courses such as CPSC 103, EOSC 211, MATH 210

  • Driver’s License- Very important for students integrating the following ENVR, EOSC AND GEOB.

Types of co-op work placements

Students have worked in a range of jobs in the public and private sectors, from small to large organizations, and from a wide variety of industry sectors. Employers include:

Commercial labs
Environmental consulting firms
Pharmaceutical & Biotech companies
Federal government agencies
Non-profit organizations
Academia and research centres
Internet and gaming companies
Food manufacturers
Software development companies
Engineering firms

Specific examples of Co-op Placements

UBC Medical Genetics Department – Research Assistant 
UBC Department of Emergency Medicine – COVID-19 Registry Research
Weight Management Centers of Canada (Factors Group) 
Obesity Medicine Assistant 
Transport Canada – Environmental Advisor Co-op 
UBC Hancock Lab – Scientific Data Curator 
UBC Faculty of Medicine – Panenka lab (Dept of Psychiatry) - Student Assistant
UBC School of Population and Health - Student Clinical Trials & Research Assistant 
Simplexiar Solutions - Software Developer
Zymeworks – Co-op student - Antibody Generation 
UBC Faculty of Medicine - Infectious Diseases - Research Assistant 
St. Paul’s Colorectal Surgery Unit - Clinical Research Coordinator 
UBC School of Public Health – Health Promotion Coordinator 
BC Children’s and Women’s HospitalBC Centre For Disease Control
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Toronto
Child & Family Research Institute – Vancouver
ICORD (International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries) - Vancouver
McGill – Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research – Montreal
St. Paul’s (various positions)
Terry Fox Labs (various positions)
VGH (various positions)
Science World (various positions)