Important dates

Welcome, Waterloo co-op students! This webpage will give you a sense of what your recruiting term will look like if you're using the WaterlooWorks Co-op job board to search for jobs. For any jobs found outside of the WaterlooWorks Co-op job board, you can follow the arrange own job process!

Updates to our co-op hiring process

In response to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the job market, we’re piloting a change to our hiring process to maximize the amount of choice, flexibility and convenience for students to search and apply for jobs, and for employers to hire candidates. We hope this will encourage more employers to post jobs and make it easier for students to find work!

Remember: employers will be posting jobs in ALL of the cycles below, so keep applying until you have a match! Whether you end up finding a job in Cycle 1 or later in the recruitment process, great jobs will be available and we’re here to support you every step of the way. If you have any questions, please send a message to your co-op advisor via WaterlooWorks.

Here's an overview of what's new:

• Extra employment cycle added before fall reading week to help you solidify matches faster
• Interviews arranged through WaterlooWorks to be conducted remotely to maximize flexibility
• Application limits to increase with each new posting/cycle to allow you to continue submitting targeted applications
• If you need extra time, keep applying until after your work term begins!

For a full list of dates and deadlines, check out the calendars below!

Winter 2021 Important Dates

  Maximum # of applications you can submit (increased by 50 each cycle) Job postings open Apps due Remote interview period Employer rankings available  Student rankings due  Match results available
Cycle#1 Posting#1 Submit up to 50 apps Jan 11—15* Jan 19 at 9AM (ET) Jan 25—
Feb 10
Feb 11 at 2PM (ET) Feb 12 at 2PM (ET) Feb 12 by end of day
Cycle#1 Posting#2 Submit up to 100 apps total (includes apps from previous cycle) Jan 20—22 Jan 26 at 9AM (ET) 
February 13-21 Reading week = no interviews – focus on your academics, plan ahead and take good care of yourself! 
Cycle#2 Posting#1 Submit up to 150 apps total (includes apps from previous cycles) Feb 16—19 Feb 23 at 9AM (ET) Feb 26—
Mar 10
Mar 11 at
2PM (ET)
Mar 12 at
2PM (ET)
Mar 12
by end of day
Cycle#2 Posting#2 Submit up to 200 apps total (includes apps from previous cycles) Feb 24—26 Mar 2 at 9AM (ET)
Cycles
#3-6
(continuous format)
Submit up to 500 apps total (includes apps from all cycles) Mar 16Apr 16
New jobs are posted daily and stay live for 2 business days before closing at 9AM (ET) - check back often!
Mar 23
Apr 15 
Interviews every Tuesday-Thursday
Mar 25
Mar 31
Apr 8
Apr 15
at 8PM (ET)
Mar 26 
Apr 1 
Apr 9
Apr 16 
at 10AM (ET)
Mar 26
Apr 1
Apr 9
Apr 16 

by end of day
Direct offers

Following the last match on April 16, you can continue searching for jobs until after your work term begins if you’re still looking for a job for the Spring 2021 work term. Employers will contact you directly to arrange interviews and discuss any offers.

Please note: Some jobs may follow different hiring timelines, depending on the employer’s specific hiring needs. Be sure to take note of each job’s specific application instructions and deadlines!

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Suggested co-op work term start and end dates

  September - December 2021 January - April 2021 May - August 2021
Start date           September 7 January 4 May 3
End date   December 23 April 23 August 20

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