Co-op

New study finds that 13 per cent of students in the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment carried out work related to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Waterloo created a pilot program to help increase both co-op student and employer awareness of SDGs.

Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education, Dr. Norah McRae (she/her) and Director of International Strategic Initiatives, Shabnam Ivković were awarded best paper at WACE’s 4th International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education in September, 2022.

Norah McRae and Shabnam Ivkovic launched a pilot program to help co-op students on international work terms engage their employers in meaningful discussions about the SDGs in the context of the organization. They share the results of the pilot and how the conversations helped bring more awareness of the SDGs and their application to co-op students.

When The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario was overcapacity with children battling illnesses in November, two University Waterloo Pharmacy students, who were already in Ottawa for their co-op positions, stepped up to help. Parsa Ali and Duaa Osman brought an “injection of energy” to the hospital during a tough time.

Artificial intelligence studio, AltaML, announces collaboration with Microsoft Canada and the University of Waterloo. Betakit.com explains that AltaML and Microsoft Canada are leading the artificial intelligence stream of Waterloo Experience (WE) Accelerate.

In this study, David Drewery, Jennifer Woodside and Kristen Eppel examine the use of unsupervised AI-based résumé critique. Considering the growth of co-op, this study aims to find solutions to career services and to see whether AI software is useful.

TVO Today article addresses the future of remote work. Judene Pretti, director of business services for Co-operative and Experiential Education at Waterloo, discusses co-op student surveys regarding remote work.