Experiential Opportunities for Students

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, 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.

Career Development

If you’re interested in building your career while you complete your degree, The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers is a great resource. They offer: information on what students can do with their majors; career advising; “Work Learn” opportunities; and both one-off and annual career events and workshops.

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. Please click here to see more information.

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.