Co-op in Community Development

All Community Development students participate in a six-week, unpaid Professional Placement in the final term of the fourth year. Placements can take place locally or internationally. Students who have established a GPA of 2.5 or above may also opt for the additional Co-op Program and can enroll either at the beginning of the second year (recommended) or third year.

Each work term is considered an academic course and is noted on a student’s transcript with a Pass or Fail grade. Undergraduate students starting their first co-op work term during or after the summer of 2020 will receive 2 credit hours for each co-op course completed (up to a total of 6 credit hours, counting as two elective courses towards graduation requirements). Undergraduate students who have started their first co-op work term prior to the summer 2020 term, will receive 3 credit hours upon completion of their third co-op work term (counting as one elective course towards graduation requirements).

Students who are interested in completing the co-op option should meet with their academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss their professional goals and the type of placement as well as possible agencies and locations where they would prefer to gain experience. Once the initial meeting is complete, the student should arrange a further meeting with Community Development’s Co-op Coordinator, who can provide more detailed information about Acadia’s Co-op Program.

For information on Acadia's nationally accredited Co-op program visit the Acadia Co-operative Education Home Page.