Work experience – general information

Bachelor of Science – Environmental Science

What is work experience?

This degree integrates eight semesters of academic course work with two mandatory zero-credit work terms to prepare you for employment upon graduation.

  • A work term is traditionally four months of employer-paid work experience that provides students with an opportunity to put their on-campus education into practice
  • Salary rates are determined by the employer

Who is expected to complete a work term?

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science – Environmental Science degree from Mount Royal University, students must complete two mandatory work terms.

How will I get my work terms?

  • Employers post job opportunities on the Career Services website that are accessible to eligible work experience students only
  • Employers review applications, shortlist and interview candidates, and offer the position(s) to the successful student(s)
  • Work experience students are expected to fully participate in the job competition process offered through Career Services
  • Students who hesitate to apply for a wide range of opportunities usually have the greatest difficulty acquiring placements, while those who apply and interview for numerous positions enhance their chances of being successful
  • Student self-marketing initiatives (i.e., looking for work terms independently), in areas of personal and professional interest, are also strongly recommended in order to increase students' chances of success
  • Positions that students find independently ("student-identified") must be approved by the work experience coordinator and program chair prior to accepting offers

Please note: The availability and number of opportunities is dependent on employers' needs and labour market conditions. Many employers post opportunities at a number of post-secondary institutions, creating competition for available positions. Therefore, work term placements cannot be guaranteed.

What does a work term cost?

The Professional Development: Health and Safety for the Environment Industry course is a three-credit course while the mandatory work terms are non-credit courses; both have fees attached to them. Consult the 2017/18 Fee Schedule and Schedule of Classes for more information.

Will I get help when it comes time to prepare for my work terms?

  • The Professional Development course helps to prepare students for the workforce
  • Course materials and assignments are designed to assist students in achieving and maintaining a competitive edge in the job search process and workplaces
  • Feedback from employers supports the necessity and value of student participation in this course

How will I be graded on my work terms?

Students who successfully complete the Professional Development course and the mandatory work terms will be awarded a "pass" grade for each.

Will there be support for me while I am on my work terms?

During your work terms, you will have access to and support from your work experience coordinator. The work experience coordinator is there to assist you with the academic components of your work terms, as well as any work-related issues you might encounter.

  • You will be required to complete assignments, work reports and projects during each work term
  • The work experience coordinator maintains ongoing contact with employers to ensure their needs are being met and answers any questions about work terms while continuing to promote further participation in the program
  • Students are asked to complete a feedback form in the first month to let Career Services know how the job is going
  • We encourage students to contact their work experience coordinator at any time if they have questions or concerns about their jobs or the workplace