Co-operative Education Available at the Graduate Level!


At the University of Lethbridge, Co-operative Education (Co-op) at the graduate level is available to domestic and international students in Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) programs. Co-op is an educational model that integrates academic study at the master's level with full-time, paid career-related work experience in a variety of employment fields, such as government, institutions and industry. The university partners with graduate students and employers to ensure enriching experiences toward professional development.

A high percentage of graduate students choose not to secure a Ph.D. and instead enter the workforce, therefore we need to ensure that they have the career-readiness to make the transition from graduate school to the workplace. The University's graduate co-op program is modelled after our very successful undergraduate co-op program that provides students with the opportunity to apply theories and principles gained in their courses.

We've seen continuous growth in graduate co-op with employers interested in graduate level students because they provide that next level of analytical and critical thinking ability, explains Jasminn Berteotti, Director, Co-operative Education. There are opportunities for students in all areas of policy, social sciences and humanities to high-level research and development in the sciences. Particularly in the public service industry, there has been increased demand and opportunity for graduate students, says Berteotti, and adds that employers are looking for the well-rounded skill-sets that are acquired through the graduate program at the University of Lethbridge, qualities that make them well suited for the opportunity.

Recent masters co-op students have immediately secured full-time employment post-graduation either where they completed their co-op or as a result of the contacts and connections gained through their experiences. Students are able to take advantage of the full support and resources provided by the University's co-op office. For more information, please contact