Co-operative Education Option for B.A. Honours Anthropology

A co-operative education option is available to students registered in the B.A. Honours Anthropology program. Students in the B.A. Honours Anthropology program must successfully complete three work terms to obtain the co-op designation.

Please see the Co-operative Education section of the Undergraduate Calendar for more details, including admission and participation requirements.

Anthropology Student Co-op Testimonials

“Becoming a student in the Anthropology department at Carleton has opened so many doors in my academic career. Anthropology as a discipline trains its students to look at the world through a different lens, a holistic one that incorporates political science, indigenous studies, history, psychology and teaches us to constantly question everything. It has changed how I see the world; I have started to even turn my everyday life and experiences into anthropological sites that can be examined and understood in different ways. I can see over the course of my academic career how my writing, research and comprehension skills developed, and now they are hugely beneficial when applying them in a workplace setting.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunities my degree has presented, and one of the most important ones I took part of was to be a part of the co-operative student experience. This has allowed me to apply my academic knowledge in a workplace setting. When I chose Carleton university, it was because it offered this unique opportunity that has enhanced my experience tenfold. I had the chance to work in a government setting, at Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada as well as at Environment Canada, that allowed me to adapt my knowledge of the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada to help them achieve greater sovereignty through modern treaties and through the land claims process. I feel extra lucky because those positions had allowed me to travel to the communities of Indigenous people across Canada, and that would not have been possible without me going through the co-operative process.

Ultimately, my time at Carleton as an anthropology student and as one going through the co-op stream has enriched my experience, and I know it is helping me to lay the foundation as I apply for graduate studies and eventually enter the workforce. It is a valuable experience that I can take with me through the rest of my life.”

Deanna Cummings

“As an Arts major specializing in Anthropology at Carleton University, I was involved in the co-op program while I completed my Bachelor’s degree. I am so grateful for the experience as I was able to apply what I had learned in the classroom to a hands-on work environment in Ottawa. The academic background and skills that I acquired on campus helped prepare me for the position as a research assistant in the federal government – beginning at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (formerly Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada), as well as subsequent government positions.

Both my academic and co-op experience further sparked my interest and passion in learning more about Indigenous issues in the Canadian context (in particular in the area of resource development) as well as a passion for international human rights issues. During my time at Carleton, I also worked at Natural Resources Canada and Global Affairs Canada as a co-op student where I gained invaluable experience that helped to develop and strengthen my policy writing, analytical and research skills both in the classroom and in the workplace. Over time, I also developed a network of colleagues from various departments that I continue to depend on.

Today, as a Policy Analyst for Crown-Indigenous Relations I continue to rely on the co-op program at Carleton University to hire new students who are also looking to actively apply what they are studying and to gain experience in the federal government – I’ve truly come full circle!”

Leah Lavoie

“As a former student in Carleton’s BA Honours program in Anthropology I participated in the co-operative education option offered. This option allowed me to incorporate the skills and new ways of thinking I was learning in practical ways. I had the privilege to fulfill my co-op requirements both in the public sector, working for Employment and Social Development Canada in statistics and program analysis, but also with an NGO, assisting in advocacy research and reporting. Both of these experiences were widely different, requiring different academic and interpersonal skills. Both helped shape my understanding of anthropology and the many ways it could be useful as a worldview. My experiences helped me formulate my thoughts about post-undergraduate plans, solidified my passion for advocacy and social justice work, and gave me a deeper understanding of the processes of government and their allies. I look back on my co-op experiences as a formative part of my degree at Carleton, as a trial-by-fire opportunity to bridge the gap between academia and practice, and as experiences that contributed to my growth as an individual.”

Clare Maier

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