Integrated Sciences Co-op Option

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.

Apply to IntSci Co-op

Work Term Schedule

1Study Term 1Study Term 2-
2Study Term 3Study Term 4-
3Study Term 5Study Term 6Work Term 1
4Work Term 2Work Term 3Work Term 4
5Study Term 7Study 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)


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Integrated Sciences

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Office of the Dean, Earth Sciences Building
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