Human Nutrition Co-op

Most human nutrition students join the Co-op Education Program in the spring after the first year. This provides the best opportunities for students to complete their degree with co-op in four years versus five years. If a third-year nutrition student is interested in completing their degree with co-op, it will take five years to complete their degree with co-op. Most Co-op Education Programs in Canada will take 4.5 to 5 years to complete.

If a student would like to complete their degree with co-op in four years, please connect with the StFX Co-op Coordinator as soon as possible. The Co-op Coordinator and Academic Advising can assist with developing this plan. Course offerings can impact this plan.

Work Term Sequencing Options

Over the last couple of years, the following co-op work term sequencing options have been popular with StFX Human Nutrition Co-op Students.



Rates of Pay 



Salary Range (Weekly)

min 35hrs/wk, before deductions**


How much you can make in 4 months

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 15 weeks, before deductions** 

*Calculation based on 35 hrs/wk, 45 weeks (15 wks/ 4 month semester),  before deductions**  

Nutrition-related roles


$7,875-$11,550 $23,625-$34,650

*Dependent on location, industry, number of work terms or courses completed, and etc. 

**Allowable deductions include those required by federal or provincial law, such as taxes and employment insurance premiums.













Potential Job Titles

  • Quality Control    
  • Product Development              
  • Food Microbiologist  
  • Community Health Education
  • Healthy Prog. Assistant    
  • Wellness Coordinator  
  • Food Science Tech
  • Nutrition Researcher Intern
  • Marketing Specialist 
  • Food Management 
  • Health Promotion    
  • Program Coordinator
  • Food Production Intern   
  • Food & Pharmaceutical 
  • Product Development 
  • Dietitian Assistant
  • Research Development
  • Quality Assurance Lab Tech  
  • Consumer Product 
  • Food Science Researcher
  • Product Tester 
  • Food Regulatory Specialist  
  • Health Care Consultant  
  • Wellness Consultant


Employers who Advertised and/or Hired StFX Human Nutrition Co-op Students

  • Sick Kids 
  • Health Authorities    
  • Health Canada  
  • PepsiCo
  • Public Health Agencies  
  • Sodexo    
  • Aramark   
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • P&G     
  • Kraft Foods  
  • Novartis Nutrition 
  • GeniSoy Products
  • GlaxoSmithKline 
  • Merck  
  • Pfizer       
  • Hobart
  • Precision Foods 
  • Johnson & Johnson   
  • Egg Farmers of Canada   
  • Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Kellogg’s 
  • Danone   
  • The Ward Summer Student Research Program
  • Bloorview Res. Institute    
  • Ross Creek 
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada