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Launched in 1957, Waterloo's co-op program is the largest of its kind in the world and the pioneer of Canada's co-op system.

Choose your experience

Depending on your program of study, you may have the option to apply to the 5-year co-op program or fast-track in the 4-year "regular" program, as it's called here at Waterloo.

In all Environment programs, you'll learn real-world lessons inside and outside of the classroom and will be career-ready by the time you graduate.

Co-op 5-year program

Alternate school terms with paid work terms. We'll guide you through the process of finding a job with one of our 6,000 employers.

Co-op program

Traditional 4-year program

Take a quicker path to the workforce or grad school.

4-year program


Co-op at Waterloo

Through co-op, you'll alternate 4-month school terms with 4-month paid work terms in jobs relating to your program.

  • Explore new career areas as your interests and goals evolve.
  • Build contacts with employers that can lead to a great career when you graduate.
  • Earn more after graduation. 77% of our co-op students earn more than $50,000/year 2 years after graduation (Ontario average is 40%).
  • Be prepared for a successful career. You'll learn how to write a résumé, how to present yourself well at an interview, and how to conduct yourself on the job - all the skills you'll need when you're starting your career.

Learn more about how co-op works.

What kind of companies will you work for?

Past co-op employers of Environment students include:

  • Environment Canada
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Labatt Breweries
  • Microsoft Canada
  • Earth Day Canada
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • The United Nations
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada
  • The Government of Madagascar
  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Statistics Canada
  • City of Toronto
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Stantec
  • qwe

Environment programs that offer co-op