Are you interested in supplementing your studies with hands-on experience working with a government agency, or with an organization with an international focus?  Then check out Co-op, an optional program where students can explore career possibilities by alternating between study semesters and paid work in real-world organizations.  Co-op offers a wealth of opportunities, both here in Vancouver and abroad. 

Our International Studies Majors have held co-op positions with the following organizations:

  • Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
  • Government of Spain
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Consulate General of the United States
  • Consulate General of Mexico
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • Chinese Ecosystem Research Network
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Shenzhen Education Centre for International Exchange
  • Greenpeace Canada
  • Solidarity Economy and Fair Trade Movement of Bolivia
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • BC Council for International Cooperation
  • Foundation for Agrarian Studies
  • Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
  • Grameen Bank
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Korean Broadcasting System
  • Embassy of Canada
  • Communications Security Establishment Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

And many more…

International Studies co-op stories

In 2017, Joseph Paguio, completed a trade internship with Canada’s Embassy to Thailand. Here, Joseph shares his thoughts on the value of connections, and importance of taking risks to create opportunities.

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