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 be more competitive upon graduation and have enhanced the following skills:

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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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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 Study

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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Apply your classroom knowledge to a good cause. Whether you choose to volunteer here at UBC Okanagan 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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Engineers are natural problem solvers and innovators. The School of Engineering supports this mindset with programs aimed to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and take your ideas to the next level. The Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Impact Fund and entrepreneurship@UBC are excellent resources to support entrepreneurial growth.

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Projects To Classroom

The Projects-to-Classrooms (P2C) program employs UBCO Engineering undergraduate students to work on real-world/industry projects under the supervision of a faculty member. These projects are then integrated into undergraduate courses as case studies, course projects, or labs.

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Career Resources

Learn more about career fundamentals from how to write an effective 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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