At Waterloo, co-op students alternate study terms with co-op work terms and graduate with relevant, paid work experience. This means learning how to navigate the hiring process, applying your skills to real-life problems and learning about yourself along the way. 

In Arts, co-op is available in Economics through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business. 

Co-op eligibility

Co-op is only available to students in Honours academic plans. 

As an Arts student, in most cases you will be assessed for co-op eligibility when you declare your major
If you are eligible, you will be admitted to co-op prior to starting your second year Fall term (academic level 2A). Learn more about Arts co-op eligibility and speak with an Economics advisor if you have any questions.

Co-op sequences

You will have five work term opportunities in your sequence and you need to complete a minimum of four work terms. The sequence you follow is determined by when you start your studies and your academic plan(s). For example, students in Honours Arts and Business follow a different sequence than students in Honours Arts. 

Learn more about which sequence you follow as an Economics major. 

If you are requesting a sequence change, please see:

Co-op fees

Co-op at Waterloo is predominantly funded by a student-paid co-op fee. Similar to tuition, this fee is associated with being enrolled in a co-op program and is paid in instalments throughout your time at Waterloo. To learn more about these fees and what they cover, visit the Co-operative Education’s fee page.

Work term reports and Professional Development (PD) courses

Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four work reports. The first work report, which is to be completed during your first work term, will be satisfied by successful completion of PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace. Learn more about the Arts work term report requirements. There is also helpful information available to Economics co-op students about Economics Department work term report expectations.

Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four Professional Development (PD) courses. These courses help you increase your employability and assist you with seeing connections between workplace experience and what you learn in the classroom.

Co-op supports

As a co-op student, you will have a team of support. Learn how to connect with your team.

All students (co-op and regular streams) have access to Centre for Career Action resources and supports at any point during their time at Waterloo.

You can also reach out to an Economics academic advisor if you have questions about your co-op plan.

Co-op student experiences

"The UWaterloo co-op program, and the Professional Development courses associated with it, have given me a fantastic platform from which I can initiate my career in the reinsurance industry. The resources offered, such as resume critiques and mock interviews, have given me the necessary foundation to succeed in applications. The Professional Development courses ready you for any scenario you may come across in the work place. From the invaluable experiences I have received in the co-op program at the UWaterloo I plan to graduate with a job in my chosen field." - Daniel Pell - former student in Honours Economics, Co-op

Co-op student jobs

Here are a few examples of co-op jobs Economics co-op students have had:

  • Integrated Business Team Member
  • Research Analyst
  • Operations Program Manager
  • Junior QA Analyst
  • Finance Team Member
  • Business Analyst

Examples of employers Economics co-op students have been employed with include:

  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Microsoft Canada
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Bell Canada
  • Manulife Financial