UVic Torch -- Spring 2007
Spring 2007,
Volume 28, Number 1

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Tech In The Park Co-op in the Park
Beecroft: "Students are fighting to come here."

Each year students complete about two dozen work placement terms with VITP tenant companies, gaining on-the-job experience in their chosen fields plus a regular pay cheque. Overall, the university provides Western Canada’s largest co-operative education program with placements in 31 countries. Meet three of the VITP co-op crew:

Amanda Campbell
Lab Technician, Immuno-Precise Antibodies
Biochemistry/Microbiology co-op program

 A beaming bright light, Campbell symbolizes the hip work-play balance of the tech park. A microbiology lab technician during work hours, Campbell likes to unwind by training with the UVic women’s rugby squad. “I took a few hard hits to the head the other day,” says Campbell laughing and quick to add that doesn’t affect her work in the lab. Her immediate plans are to finish her degree, but she sees herself traveling with her work eventually: “I would love to help people in other countries.”

Av Hundle, BComm ’06
Marketing contractor, VITP
Business co-op graduate

 Hundle is such an easy-going guy it isn’t surprising that in addition to all the marketing work he does for the park he also organizes VITP community-building events like the annual friends-and-family hockey game. “This year’s game wasn’t that physical at the start,” says Hundle with a mischievous smile, “but by the end my boss and I were bodychecking each other pretty hard.” Hundle essentially leveraged his co-op position and created a marketing placement for himself at the end of his final term. Now he works full-time helping VITP grow.

Candice Madalena
Lab Technician, UVic-Genome BC Proteomics Centre
Biochemistry/Microbiology co-op program

 Two years into her biology and microbiology double major, Madalena is all smiles about her co-op placement. “Everyone is just really nice here,” effuses the young student. Working for the Proteomics Centre, Madalena spends most of her time preparing protein samples that sit in frosty buckets of ice before being used for disease research. “I will be sad to leave when [my work term] is over.” With two more co-op terms to go, she favours keeping her options open rather than narrowing the focus too much. “School is so different from the lab experience. And it’s nice not having to study!”

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