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.
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.
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.
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.
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.