Work Experience Opportunities

Many students choose to pursue paid and unpaid work experience opportunities during their studies so they can gain a leg up from the competition when applying for jobs. Internships and co-operative education programs allow you to gain the type of on-the-job experience employers value, and to develop useful career contacts and references – all while earning credit toward your degree! Several options are open to you:

Co-operative Education

Students in the Arts Co-op program alternate between semesters of full-time, paid employment and full-time study during their degree program. Co-op students do three work terms, with the option of taking on a fourth term. By the time they graduate, Arts Co-op students have gained 12-16 months of supervised work experience and learned valuable transferable skills.

Work placements are available within business, government, or community development organizations inside and outside of Regina, even overseas. Jobs Co-op students have held include: researcher, project officer, policy analyst, communications officer, technical writer, administrative assistant and teaching assistant.

To learn more, you can visit the University of Regina Co-operative Education website or contact the program office by phone: 306-585-4600 or by e-mail:

Arts Internship Program

Interns in the Arts Internship Program spend up to 8 unpaid hours per week for one semester working with a local community organization. Upon completion of the internship they receive 3 academic credit hours, along with marketable on-the-job experience related to their area of study.

To learn more, please contact Lynn Gidluck, Community Research Unit Coordinator by phone: 306-585-4084 or by e-mail:

Volunteer Experience
Many students gain valuable professional skills and experience through volunteer work in an area of interest. Volunteer work can be just as powerful on a resume as paid work experience, particularly if you are just entering the job market. If you are interested in pursuing Community Development, Advocacy, or Social and Health Services areas as a potential career field, you might be particularly interested in making valuable connections through volunteering.

The Faculty of Arts' Community Research Unit (CRU) has compiled a list of community organizations who are frequently looking to recruit reliable volunteers.

Remember, employers in every industry look favourably upon job applicants who have hands-on workplace experience. In a competitive job market it pays to be proactive in gaining work experience while you complete your studies.

In the video below, University of Regina Arts students Alison Jestadt and Mike Staffen discuss the ways their Co-op work experience has helped them gain valuable employment experience, and lay the foundation for a bright professional future.