Career Building Programs

Arts Co-op Program

Graduate with more than a degree.

Explore your career options with Arts Co-op, while gaining 12-16 months of paid, professional work experience and a network of contacts. Arts Co-op students work in a wide range of non-profit, public, and private sector jobs that can be found in the Lower Mainland, across Canada, or abroad.

Intake is once each year in September and is open to students in 2nd or 3rd year.

Arts Internship Program

Gain insight into your career preferences by sampling a career of interest, developing applied and interpersonal workplace skills, and expanding your network!  The Arts Internship Program places students in non-profit organizations for unpaid, short-term opportunities where their knowledge and abilities are shared with and amplified by an organization in need.

Placements are between 8-12 hours per week and last for 4 to 8 months. A comprehensive experiential learning opportunity, the Arts Internship Program requires each student to complete an orientation session, three mandatory goal-setting and reflection-oriented assignments, and a wrap up session.

Intake occurs twice per year for internships beginning in January and May.

Ten Thousand Coffees

Connect with your UBC community and everything it has to offer through the Ten Thousand Coffees program. By connecting in person or online with an Arts alumni mentor, students will gain insight and advice into navigating the transition from school to the working world. They have the opportunity to improve their communications skills and begin building their professional network.

Office of Regional and International Community Engagement

Join a growing network of community partners in Canada and across the world who are committed to overcoming complex social and ecological challenges.  Work alongside community organizations to bring your discipline to life and acquire valuable insights and skills.  ORICE enables students to engage meaningfully with communities.  Among other projects, students can:

  • participate in dialogue and policy reform related to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada;
  • undertake economic assessment of the sustainability of conservation projects in Costa Rica;
  • examine strategies to increase access to energy in marginalized communities in India;
  • collaborate with rural community libraries to enhance reading culture in Uganda.

ORICE provides the following opportunities to students:

  • course-based and non-course-based 3-month immersive placements regionally and internationally;
  • on-campus, team-based projects that tackle challenges faced byinternational communities;
  • public engagement events that encourage dialogue and debate about our world.

Intake for placements occurs 3 times per year and is open to all UBC students.  Some courses require prerequisites.