“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
                                                                                                          - Aristotle, circa 350 BCE

Outside of the Classroom: Co-Op

Whilst learning in our diverse academic setting offers Political Science students hugely invaluable experience and transferrable skills; another incredibly worthwhile way to discover the world is through experiential learning. At SFU, we offer brilliant opportunities to gain working experience through our Co-Op program - allowing our students to undertake work for up to four semesters. 

For Social Sciences students, there may be Co-Op opportunities related to many fields such as: Administration, not-for-profit organizations, education, HR, provincial government or working with youth. Therefore, by taking this opportunity you can positively impact a certain industry whilst also benefitting by gaining skills. If interested, speak to an academic advisor and see if you are eligible here.

In a world where the job market is becoming more competitive and where younger generations will be expected to lead the way, taking these opportunities can equip Political Science students with the skills necessary for embarking on their chosen career paths. In some cases, a student may not have identified their future career path yet - in this case, a co-op term may help them in deciding upon it. After carrying out an internal study, we discovered that 94% of SFU students who undertook co-op terms feel that they have found it easier to acquire work post-graduation. This shows that a Co-op term can really boost your skills, confidence and employability. 

Furthermore, there is also the option to take a Co-Op opportunity abroad. By living and working in another country, students can understand the global working environment and can learn to become more solution-oriented and independent.