Douglas College’s Co-operative Education placements provide connections to incredible work experience opportunities – including working with your favourite sports teams.
Just ask longtime soccer fan and Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching grad Iain McHugh, who took on a co-op with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
During his time with the team, McHugh joined the Soccer Development department, leading the Whitecaps’ summer camps for kids, including a four-night sleepover camp with close to 100 participants.
“Working on the logistics and execution of the camps was my main task and I helped out on game days at BC Place when needed,” McHugh said.
“Originally, I wanted to go into teaching, like the majority of my cohort, but my interests shifted to sport management and the possibilities of working with a team to help run things internally,” he said. “Co-op provided me with real-world experience that was different to what I had previously done for work.
“It allowed me to see whether or not this was something I would want to pursue as a career.”
National Co-op week runs Mar. 14-18. To learn more about Co-operative Education opportunities at Douglas College, see here.