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Co-op at Waterloo

Student holding camera on Brooklyn Bridge in New York

Through co-op, you'll alternate 4-month school terms with 4-month paid work terms in jobs relating to your program. Marissa, an Architecture student, spent a term in New York City adding international experience to her portfolio.

Explore career areas

By alternating work and study terms, you can test out different employers and career areas. Discover what you like (or dislike!) before you graduate.

Learn to be successful

Learn to write a great résumé, make a great impression at interviews, and be successful on the job – all crucial skills to launch your career. Read more about how co-op works.

$45,000 to $85,000

Waterloo co-op students earn, on average, $45,000 to $85,000 over the course of their degree. And they typically earn 15% more upon graduation than graduates of non-co-op programs.


6,700 employers

Waterloo has more co-op employers than any other university. More employers means a larger selection of jobs and a broader range of experience.

Smaller student loans

Waterloo co-op students tend to have smaller student loans than other students and are more successful at paying them back.

Build a network

The many people you'll meet during your work terms can be help once you graduate, providing references or tips about job opportunities.