Experiential Opportunities

Students can make the most of their anthropology degree by participating in opportunities that challenge them to apply their growing knowledge outside the classroom.

Benefits to Students

  • Develop solid professional skills and experience
  • Test possible career paths
  • Networking opportunities that increase contacts and post-graduation job prospects
  • Potential to make a difference in the community

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. Co-op students alternate between academic terms and challenging, paid work experience with employers across Canada and around the world. Students earn non-academic co-op credit for each work term, and completion of the co-op program is recognized on their UBC degree.

Once accepted into the co-op program, students will have the opportunity to find work placements in their area of interest. Applications are open for students in second year and higher. A minimum GPA of 72% is typically required.

What can Arts Co-op do for you?

  • Success after graduation: 90% of Canadian co-op grads receive job offers within 1 month after graduation. Co-op grads earn 12% higher starting salaries than non-co-op grads. Lower student debt or no debt at all; Average co-op earnings over 3 work terms = $25,000. Total co-op fees over 3 work terms = $2,250. Return on investment = $22,750
  • Job search skills: Learn effective techniques for resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and job etiquette.
  • Enriched classroom learning: Discover how your degree applies in the workplace.

Arts Internship Program

The Arts Internship Program offers part-time, unpaid positions that offer meaningful, career-related experience within the community. Participating organizations include museums, galleries, and neighbourhood houses, as well as organizations focused on heritage, poverty, social justice, and the environment. Internships are typically 8-12 hours per week and 4-8 months in duration.

Arts Tri-Mentoring Program

Arts Tri-Mentoring connects Arts students with industry and faculty mentors, and with one another. Each year, UBC alumni are matched with a junior (1st /2nd year) and a senior (3rd/4th year) student. Matches are based on academic and career goals, and expose students to careers in their area of study. Intake occurs each September. Participating departments change from year to year.

Career Development

Arts students can start building their careers while still completing their undergraduate degree. The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall offers information on what students can do with their major, career advising for Arts students, and Work Learn opportunities. Workshops and events are held throughout the year.

Go Global

Go Global’s international learning programs offer students transformational experiences that promote global awareness, meaningful engagement, and cross-cultural understanding. Programs include academic exchanges, group study programs, and research and service learning. Application deadlines vary depending on program.

Student Leadership

By taking on leadership or mentorship roles, students gain the practical experience sought by employers. Collaboration, communication, project management, and network building are only a few of the wide range of experiences students may gain. Explore leadership and mentorship opportunities through the Faculty of Arts and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall. Opportunities are available throughout the year.

Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL)

CBEL provides students the opportunity to participate in projects driven by community priorities at non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as public schools. Programs include short-term reading week placements, ongoing Trek placements, courses which include CBEL components, and custom projects. Application deadlines vary depending on program.