Waterloo students benefit from the world’s leading integrated co-op program, earning up to two years of paid work experience and graduating ready to take on the world. Our co-operative and experiential education cultivates broader capabilities for students — and is a valuable talent pipeline for employers.

#1 in the worldfor employer partnerships

Quacquerelli Symonds Graduate Employability Rankings 2017

Richard Yim

Richard hopes his startup will one day be irrelevant

Growing up in Cambodia, Richard Yim felt an ever-present fear of landmines. He lost his aunt to one when he was nine years old. As an engineering student at University of Waterloo, he went beyond hoping for a solution and created one himself.

 
 

Rachel McDonald

A curriculum vitae that doesn't stop at the curriculum

Rachel McDonald spent five co-op work terms in the radiation oncology unit of a hospital where she co-ordinated a palliative program for cancer patients. She led or co-authored 25 related research papers, was Canada’s Co-op Student of the Year and is now studying medicine.

 

Denise Kreutzwiser

Australia to Zimbabwe and back

It began in London, Ontario, where on her third co-op placement, Denise Kreutzwiser, had the opportunity to shadow an HIV pharmacist. The future of her career changed forever that day.

 

Nadayar Enegesi

Helping to code the future of Africa

Nadayar Enegesi's co-op work terms provided insight into what types of environment work and how to inspire talent. He co-founded Andela, a computer-programming firm that mentors Africa's top software developers and connects them to Fortune 500 companies around the world. 

 

 

Co-operative education by the numbers

6,900+active co-op employers
$240+ millionin annual student earnings

2015-16

97.5%overall co-op employment rate
120+accredited co-op programs
18,700+student work terms

2016

59,000interviews
88%of Waterloo co-op students employed in their field within 2 years of graduation