Students can make the most of their philosophy 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 Learning Plan
The following opportunities are also captured in the Arts Learning Plan, an interactive online tool designed to inform students about experiential opportunities available in the Faculty of Arts. Using this tool, students are able to plan their involvement at UBC by choosing from an extensive list of activities and inserting them into a personalized calendar.
Arts Co-op Program
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.
Intake occurs each September and is open to students with at least 27 credits completed, and as of May 2013 have at least 30 required credits remaining.
Arts Internship Program
Internships are 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.
Intake occurs in October and February. Students must have completed the writing component of the Writing and Research Requirement to apply.
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, Work your BA workshops, Work Learn opportunities, and hosts the Arts Career Xploration each January.
Workshops and events are held throughout the year.
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.
Global Citizenship Term Abroad
The Philosophy Department has been involved in four undergraduate Arts study abroad groups to Guatemala, with a focus on ethics and global poverty, oppression, civil society and global justice themes. A six-week summer term group study tour is planned for May-June 2015, offering 6 credits of upper level philosophy and sociology coursework.
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.
Arts Tri-Mentoring Program
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.
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.
Within UBC’s Department of Philosophy
Please see our Community page for other philosophy-specific experiential opportunities, including involvement with the undergraduate Philosophy Students Association.