Co-op and internship programs equip students with working skills that meet market demand. At Dalhousie, business students in the Commerce Co-op, Management Internship, and Corporate Residency MBA programs gain hands-on learning experiences through work-integrated learning that allow them to transition from the classroom to the workplace quickly and efficiently.
AC Belliveau Veinotte is a full-service accounting firm with six offices from Halifax to Barrington Passage. According to Chief Operating Officer Andrea Dean, the company has been hiring Dal students for more than 10 years. “We love our Dal business students! The quality and professionalism of the students from Dal continually impresses. Without fail, these students are professional, enthusiastic, bright, well-prepared, reliable, and ready to work. They work hard and are hungry to learn,” she says.
Students not only bring skills and knowledge, they also bring new energy and perspectives to the office. According to Andrea, the company had the opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture and celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival during the fall semester, thanks to their first international student, Jianxin Tian, who represents the integrated cultural values of the company and was excited to share her culture with her new team.
Andrea shares that Tian has returned to AC Belliveau Veinotte for her second co-op with the organization this summer, something that many previous co-op students have done. She says that she loves to hire students, and especially welcome them back to the team when given the opportunity. “They have all been fun, well-rounded individuals who mostly choose to complete more than one work term with us, which means that when they come back, they’re already fully trained on our systems and processes, they know everyone, and they fit right in.” Repeated student hiring also saves time and is cost-effective for any organization. “Our growth as a firm has mainly come through the permanent hiring of former co-op students who go on to complete further education.”
Interested in hiring a business student or grad, or learning about funding programs? Contact our Employer Development team:
Ayse Dai-Gammon, Employer Development Manager
Cindy Ryan, Employer Development Coordinator – NS