New initiative helps non-profits hire Arts talent

Introducing Co-op for Social Good

Our world-class co-operative education program gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world. It is a critical component of their learning journey and helps them to become change makers and leaders in their chosen field. It also helps our students to recognize their own potential to contribute to a better world.

Organizations in the not-for-profit sector are important partners in our mission to prepare future leaders and agents of change. Our students want meaningful work that has a social purpose; however, many non-profits face financial barriers that prevent them from hiring co-op students.

The Co-Op for Social Good Program eliminates this barrier, making it possible for students to complete meaningful work-terms at no cost to the organization. In return, these organizations can engage Arts students in experiences that align with their values and career goals to have a positive social impact.

Opening up the not-for-profit sector more broadly for co-op experiences means that more students across a variety of disciplines will be able to find meaningful positions that are relevant to their studies, while challenging them to consider alternative concepts and practices of business and entrepreneurship.

Sheila Ager, Dean, Faculty of Arts

Join with us and help Arts students broaden their knowledge and experience and explore a wide range of employment opportunities. And feel good in knowing that you are also helping to strengthen the social fabric of our communities.

For more information or to make a gift, contact Nancy Mattes at or 519-888-4567, ext. 48213.

We’d like to extend special thanks to John Hamilton, BA ’73, History. John has made the first gift to kick-off this initiative. His generosity will allow a not-for-profit partner to hire an Arts co-op student for one term in each of the next five years.

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