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.
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.