Co-operative education students in applied social psychology work in a wide range of areas, including: program evaluation, research design, questionnaire and survey development, statistical analysis, and qualitative and quantitative data collection. Students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to ask appropriate questions and conduct research in such applied settings as business, government, and health care.
Work assignments vary from unstructured situations where students work toward objectives and deadlines, to positions with tasks and procedures that are well defined. Co-operative Education Co-ordinators can advise in structuring work terms and job descriptions to meet both student and employer needs. Employers are encouraged to challenge students in order to optimize both learning and employer benefits.
To develop further skills in time and project management as well as communications, students are required to complete a work report that is evaluated by the university. The use of employer facilities and allocation of time to the student for the report is at the discretion of the employer. Specific steps can be taken to protect confidentiality where required.