Hands-on work and volunteer experience are core components to experiential learning, providing students with the ability to not only learn first-hand about a range of environments, but also develop self-reflection skills which are critical for expanding career awareness.

Students who gain workplace experience while completing their degree will often be more competitive upon graduation and will have enhanced the following skills:

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Co-op

Build an impressive resume while gaining new skills and building a professional network. Students will have access to a variety of job opportunities, some of which are exclusive to co-op students. Relevant work experience will help give you a professional edge.

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Research

The Undergraduate Student Research Awards are available to UBC Engineering domestic and international undergraduate students. Students have the opportunity to complete a paid, full-time, 16-week work term by conducting research with faculty supervision.

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Work Learn

The Work Learn Program supports meaningful work experiences on campus that offer current UBC students the opportunity to develop their professional skills. Participants will gain mentorship opportunities, an expanded network, and develop self awareness.

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Volunteer

Apply your classroom knowledge to a good cause. Whether you choose to volunteer here at UBC or at an external organization, not only will you be lending a hand, you will be gaining valuable experience that will build toward your career goals.

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Entrepreneurship

Are you an innovative thinker, want to take an idea to the next level, or are simply curious about entrepreneurship? Expand your knowledge through opportunities provided by the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), Faculty of Applied Science, and entrepreneurship@UBC.

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Career Resources

Learn more about career fundamentals from how to write a top-notch resume and cover letter, to how best approach professional networking. Develop in-depth skills that help propel your career and make you stand out.

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