Stories from our Co-op Students

Girl looking like a boss in a board room 

Student: Abby Ollila
Year of Study: 2B
Program: HIST Honours Co-op
Co-op Placement(s):

  • Summer 2018 - Executive Assistant to the Chief, Wahgoshig First Nation
  •  Winter 2019 - Junior Compliance Analyst, Indigenous Services Canada

 “At Indigenous Services Canada I helped to screen capital infrastructure project applications for policy compliance. I also developed process mapping graphics, provided writing and editing support, and contributed to a long-term policy reform project. History research skills were definitely an asset when working with policy -- both history and policy require the ability to sift through massive amounts of data and transform your analysis of that data into something useful.

I thrive in higher-paced environments, so working for the government was slightly agonizing at times. However, I do not regret the fantastic working relationships I formed, and the skills I evolved!

Indigenous Services Canada taught me that the government is not the right working environment for me. However, I was able to gather a detailed inside look into the systems I will certainly encounter working in Indigenous law, and pick up new abilities in policy interpretation, data analysis, and Excel.” – Abby O.

Student: Juliana Zuccala
Year of Study: 2B
Program: HIST Honours Co-op
Co-op Placement(s): Research Assistant, Presidia Security Consulting

“In my current placement, I conduct open-source intelligence (OSINT) research and investigation on different entities and groups designated by Presidia's clients, utilizing Google and different social media sites to gather data. The employer that I ended up at has been very nice and I am enjoying both the work I am doing and the work environment. 

I think that my co-op placement is helpful for my future. I am learning important skills in my workplace, both personal and professional. I also think that co-op placements are helpful for me as I can further narrow down what I would and would not like to do in my future.” – Juliana Z.

Student: Caleb Roberts-Dodd
Year of Study: 3A
Program: HIST Honours Co-op
Co-op Placement(s): Archives

“My co-op placement has taught me a variety of organizational and communication skills which I can use in my future career, and I am quite satisfied with my experience at this point.

Any job related to archiving requires a specific amount of prior experience, so already having 8 months of experience in the archiving field, through co-op, aids me on my career path.” – Caleb R.

Historians in the Workplace

Inside the Louvre Museum, displaying Artwork

For real-world examples of historians in the workplace, see our Alumni page where graduates from our History program share their stories about the career path they took after graduation.

To learn about a variety of careers obtained by historians throughout Canada, visit the Canadian Historical Association's website where many graduates are profiled.