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Unpaid or underpaid opportunities must meet these unpaid/ underpaid guidelines to be considered for credit. These opportunities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If your unpaid or underpaid opportunity does not meet these guidelines, it will not be considered for credit.
Jobs are considered ‘underpaid’ when a student is not paid at least ‘minimum wage’ for the work location. Jobs are considered ‘unpaid’ when student receive alternative remuneration such as stipends, honorarium, company equity etc.
The following will not be approved:
The guidelines are broken down based on the work location - there are unique guidelines for Canada/USA, non-USA international and UWaterloo.
If your opportunity located in Canada/USA meets the following considerations, provide details of alternative remuneration when completing the arranged own job form.
Positions at schools other than UWaterloo require a minimum cash stipend of CDN$3000.
Additional alternative remuneration (besides cash), must be in addition to the cash amount.
Wholly unpaid positions will not be approved.
Your unpaid or underpaid University of Waterloo opportunity must meet the one of the following considerations to be eligible for credit.
* Members of the Faculty of Science cannot employ unpaid or underpaid co-op students from any faculty.
Considered for approval starting the first week of the work term.
Students are expected to search for other paid employment until this time.
Part of a formalized competitive team sponsored by and/or endorsed by a Waterloo faculty
Examples are Midnight Sun Team, UWAFT
Considered for approval starting the first week of the work term
Once approved, students must complete a Student Team Expectations form which requires signatures from the team lead and faculty sponsor.
Students are limited to one such unpaid work term during their co-op sequence/
First Work Term Waterloo programs:
Special programs (BETs, Greenhouse co-op) involving employing first work term students at Waterloo for a series of short work experiences
Other special programs as they develop
Posted towards the end of the main continuous round in WaterlooWorks
Students are limited to one such work term during their co-op sequence.
Unpaid co-op positions may be approved for special research and administrative positions arranged between a Waterloo faculty or staff member and students with demonstrated exceptional or special needs as detailed by the AccessAbility Office.
If your opportunity located internationally meets the following considerations, complete an arranged own job form and a risk management form.
Important: students must review the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) advisory policy and the Co-operative Education travel advisory guidelines before arranging a non-USA international work term (https://uwaterloo.ca/co-operative-education/travel-advisory)
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