Types of EDGE experiences

EDGE was designed with flexibility in mind, so you can complete milestones using many of the activities you’ll complete during your undergraduate career. Experiences like field work, volunteer positions, part-time jobs, service learning, and student leadership roles all provide you with valuable opportunities for skill development and reflection.

This guide breaks down some of the essential terms defining the experiences that make up the core of the EDGE program. You’ll need to know these terms when you’re planning your journey through EDGE.

Experiential learning courses

The University of Waterloo offers a range of academic courses that include a work-integrated learning component. These courses involve an industry or community partner who works with the course’s instructor to provide students with valuable coaching and mentorship. These partners are immersed in their industries and can help students understand how their skills align with their chosen field.

If you're completing an experiential learning course, you need to meet all of the following criteria to receive an EDGE milestone for your experience:

18 hours

Experiential learning courses involve at least 18 hours of work with a third party in a term.

Academic performance

You need to pass the course to receive an EDGE milestone.

Evaluation

You need an evaluation from the third party involved in your course.

Reflection

You need to submit a reflective assignment to the EDGE team.

If you’re unsure whether or not an experiential learning course meets the eligibility criteria, contact the EDGE team at edge@uwaterloo.ca to have the position assessed.

On-campus experiences

You can earn an EDGE milestone for a work/community experience by completing any number of opportunities on campus.

If you're involved in an on-campus activity, you need to meet all of the following criteria to receive an EDGE milestone for your experience:

36 hours

On-campus experiences involve at least 36 hours of work in a term.

Professional development

You need to complete a professional development (PD) course during the same term as your experience.

Evaluation

You need an evaluation from your supervisor.

Reflection

You need to submit a reflective assignment to the EDGE team.

Dozens of on-campus experiences have already been pre-approved for use with EDGE. If an experience is pre-approved, the EDGE team has connected with the partner providing the experience to make sure it involves at least 36 hours of activity. These partners have also agreed to evaluate your skills at the end of the experience, giving you essential feedback you can put towards your professional development.

Pre-approved experiences include faculty-specific opportunities, positions with university colleges, roles within student societies, club executive positions, and opportunities with other offices and services on campus.

If you’re unsure whether or not an on-campus employment opportunity meets the eligibility criteria, contact the EDGE team at edge@uwaterloo.ca to have the position assessed.

If you're an international student, contact the EDGE team at edge@uwaterloo.ca for help designing your path through EDGE.

Off-campus experiences

You don’t have to stick to campus to complete EDGE. You can earn a milestone for a work/community experience with full- or part-time work, volunteer opportunities, short-term service learning, and more.

If you're involved in an off-campus activity, you need to meet all of the following criteria to receive an EDGE milestone for your experience:

36 hours

Off-campus experiences involve at least 36 hours of work in a term.

Professional development

You need to complete a professional development (PD) course during the same term as your experience.

Evaluation

You need an evaluation from your supervisor.

Reflection

You need to submit a reflective assignment to the EDGE team.

If you’re unsure whether or not an off-campus opportunity meets the eligibility criteria, contact the EDGE team at edge@uwaterloo.ca to have the position assessed.

If you're an international student, contact the EDGE team at edge@uwaterloo.ca for help designing your path through EDGE.