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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.

Gain valuable skills

Learn to write a great résumé, make an 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 typically earn 15% more upon graduation than graduates of non-co-op programs.


6,700 employers

The University of Waterloo has more co-op employers than any one else. 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 people you'll meet during co-op work terms can be a great source of information once you graduate, providing references or tips about job opportunities.