Undergraduate Opportunities

First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) would like to draw attention to the unique and rewarding opportunities available to current students in their undergraduate studies.

Whether studying abroad, getting involved at the local community of Musqueam, or taking part in summer field schools, there are interesting possibilities to enhance one’s experience at UBC.

Students can make the most of their degree by participating in opportunities that challenge them to apply their growing knowledge outside the classroom.

Benefits to Students

  • Develop solid professional skills and experience
  • Test possible career paths
  • Networking opportunities that increase contacts and post-graduation job prospects
  • Potential to make a difference in the community

If students are interested in the following opportunities, please contact our FNIS Program Advisor to discuss your options.

Arts Co-op Program

Co-op students alternate between academic terms and challenging, paid work experience with employers across Canada and around the world. Students earn non-academic co-op credit for each work term, and completion of the co-op program is recognized on their UBC degree.

Intake occurs each September and is open to students with at least 27 credits completed, and as of May 2013 have at least 30 required credits remaining.

Arts Internship Program

Internships are part-time, unpaid positions that offer meaningful, career-related experience within the community. Participating organizations include museums, galleries, and neighbourhood houses, as well as organizations focused on heritage, poverty, social justice, and the environment.

Intake occurs in October and February. Students must have completed the writing component of the Writing and Research Requirement to apply.


Dechinta: Bush University Centre for Research and Learning is a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, university credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors to engage northern and southern youth in a transformative curricula based on the cutting-edge needs of Canada’s North.

Click here to learn more about Dechinta. There are currently no Dechinta semesters planned for current UBC students. We will advertise future semesters as information become available.

Haida Gwaii Semesters

“The community is super welcoming… you have the opportunity to learn so much.”
-Sarah Robinson

A field semester program for undergraduate students interested in natural resources and the environment.

The Haida Gwaii Semester provides students an immersion opportunity in a unique resource-dependent community in which the social, cultural, ecological, political and economic issues facing natural resource managers around the globe come together at a local scale.

Students live in the Village of Queen Charlotte, attend lectures at the world-class Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay (“Sea Lion Town”) in Skidegate, tour the forests and landscapes of the islands, meet with local experts and knowledge-holders, and become part of the Haida Gwaii Community.

Sarah Robinson, FNIS alumna, spent a semester in Haida Gwaii. On the experience she remarked: “It gave me a glimpse that people with different agendas can come together and make it work.” The courses are taught in an intensive manner, which allows students to focus on the material currently being taught. Sarah felt that this process encouraged her to be immersed in her studies in a way that a typical term at UBC cannot duplicate.

To ensure courses taken through the Haida Gwaii semester count toward your BA, please contact our Associate Director.

Click here to learn more about the Haida Gwaii semester.

UBC Go Global

The UBC Go Global Program provides students with the opportunity to study abroad. FNIS is currently working to increase global learning opportunities for our students by developing a stronger partnership with UBC Go Global.  The following are Go Global partner institutions that have Programs relevant to First Nations and Indigenous Studies students. If you are thinking about going on exchange, plan ahead, and consult with the FNIS Advisor as well as the Go Global Advising office.


New Zealand

United States

Career Development

Arts students can start building their careers while still completing their undergraduate degree. The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall offers information on what students can do with their major, career advising for Arts students, Work your BA workshops, Work Learn opportunities, and hosts the Arts Career Xploration each January.

Workshops and events are held throughout the year.

Student Leadership

By taking on leadership or mentorship roles, students gain the practical experience sought by employers. Collaboration, communication, project management, and network building are only a few of the wide range of experiences students may gain. Explore leadership and mentorship opportunities through the Faculty of Arts and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall.

Opportunities are available throughout the year.

Ten Thousand Coffees

Connect with your UBC community and everything it has to offer through the Ten Thousand Coffees program. By connecting in person or online with an Arts alumni mentor, students will gain insight and advice into navigating the transition from school to the working world. They have the opportunity to improve their communications skills and begin building their professional network.

Intake occurs each September. Participating departments change from year to year.

Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL)

CBEL provides students the opportunity to participate in projects driven by community priorities at non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as public schools. Programs include short-term reading week placements, ongoing Trek placements, courses which include CBEL components, and custom projects.

Application deadlines vary depending on program.