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2 What is Co-op Education? A program which alternates periods of academic study with periods of work experience in accordance with the following criteria: each work situation is developed and/or approved by the co-op department as a suitable learning situation the co-op student is engaged in productive work the co-op student receives remuneration the co-op student's progress on the job is monitored by the co-op program staff the co-op student's performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student's co-op employer As defined by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE)

3 What Does Co-op Look Like? Alternating – 1 four month and 8 month work terms alternating between academic study. Internship – 12 months of continuous employment with one employer. Start date in May, September or January. StFX Co-op works closely with local and national employers to develop challenging, career-related positions for our students.

4 Why do Human Nutrition Students join Co-op? Establish your career network. Make valuable employment contacts to help secure employment after graduation. Become more aware of specializations in your area through a variety of work experiences. Explore different career options. Build life-long friendships by connecting with talented and like-minded people through Co-op work placements.

5 Earn Students in the program typically earn between $12-24 an hour on co-op. Typically work a minimum 35 hrs/wk. With the proper budgeting co-op work terms can help offset other education expenses. Complete Co-op 405 and earn 3 credits towards your degree.

6 Learn Co-op 110, 120 and 130 can help you land your dream job and help you to become an effective employee. Gain an understanding of today’s workplace and the options available. Learn about your skills, abilities, knowledge, and work preferences. Polish your communication, teamwork, problem solving, and conflict management skills.

7 Experience Non-for-profit organizations Corporate/ Private Sector Industry Continuing Care Facilities or Hospitals Provincial and Federal Government Entrepreneurial Work Experience Co-op Staff work with students to develop a co-op plan that can include local, national and some international placements.

8 Job titles and Industry Areas Job Titles Quality Assurance Lab Tech Quality Assurance Assistant Quality Control Product Development Food Microbiologist Healthy Programs Assistant Wellness Coordinator Food Science Tech Marketing Specialist Nutrition Educator Just to name a few! Industry Areas Food Management Health Promotion Food Production Food and Pharmaceutical Product Development Research

9 Program Overview 1. Apply for the program 2. Register and complete Co-op sessions 3. Apply and secure co-op positions 4. After completing work term requirements, return to classes and complete COOP Students graduate with an enhanced degree program Co-op accept new applications in September or January

10 Interested? To learn more about the Co-operative Education Program, visit Office Location: Room 178 Gerald Schwartz School


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