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Co-op

Waterloo is a global leader in co-operative education, or “co-op.” Enjoy access to North America’s largest selection of co-op jobs and gain valuable workplace experience to complement your world-class education.

How co-op works

Through co-op, you'll alternate 4-month school terms with 4-month paid work terms in jobs relating to your program. We'll guide you through the process of finding a job with one of our 6,700+ employers.

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 co-op at Waterloo.

Choose your experience

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

Co-op (5-year)

briefcaseGraduate with 20 months of work experience
coinsEarn $38,000 - $85,000 over 5 terms to help pay for school
handshakeGrow your network while exploring different jobs and industries
 

4-year program

airplaneUse your summers off to travel, work, or volunteer
graduation capTake classes in the summer to further fast-track to graduation
paper certificateDevelop your professional skills with Waterloo’s EDGE certificate for non-co-op students
 

What kind of companies will you work for?

The types of jobs you can apply for may vary by program. 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
 

Which Environment programs offer co-op?