Co-operative education at the University of Waterloo allows you to alternate between study and paid work terms while earning your degree. Not only will you graduate with a co-op degree, but you will leave the university with approximately sixteen months of work experience in your field of study.
Why choose Honours Political Science and French double major co-op program?
- Practical training and experience for careers in the field of: government, foreign affairs, public service, non-governmental organizations, and business.
- The possibility of studying two subjects hand-in-hand, but also of finding bilingual job placements that would provide you with work experience in both of your Honours majors.
- Great option for students interested in graduate studies, such as programs like the Master of Public Service degree offered at the University of Waterloo.
- Develop a professional and academic résumé simultaneously.
- Improve your ability to present your own personal set of skills in an interview.
- Finance your education with paid work terms.
How to apply?
For current undergraduates - Declare your major
For students currently studying at the University of Waterloo with an average of 70% or above in Political Science and French, please complete a Plan Modification Form and bring it to the French Studies Undergraduate Program Coordinator in ML 333 where we can then forward it to the department of Political Science for approval.
For a full list of degree and program requirements, please see the Arts Undergraduate Calendar.
Information regarding the Political Science program can be found on their departmental website.
For future undergraduates
Students who wish to study in the Political Science and French double major co-op program should first apply to the Honours Arts program. Students then declare their major at the end of first year.
Information concerning a student’s initial application to the University of Waterloo can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page.
|Spring||Work Term 1|
|Winter||Work Term 2|
|Fall||Work Term 3|
|Spring||Work Term 4*|
|Spring||Work Term 4**|
*may be postponed until end of program
**if not previously completed
Work term reports
Honours French | Joint Major Co-op
Second Friday of term
|Second Friday of term
January 15, 2016
|Second Friday of term
May 13, 2016
All students in Honours French / Arts and Business Co-op are required to submit written work term reports. These are normally due at the beginning of the academic term immediately following the work term. These reports are part of the academic requirements of the program.
These reports must follow the Faculty of Arts guidelines. These reports will be marked by members of the Department of French Studies.
In French Studies, work-term reports should reflect the following guidelines:
- Your work report must be placement-specific. In your report, you must comment on the job placement, the work you did as an employee, the opportunities you had to observe first-hand the topic you decided to develop. Your report should not give the impression that it could have been written using Internet sites only.
- You can use the pronoun “I” in your report. Your work as a co-op student is experiential. The report is an account of one aspect of this hands-on experience in the work environment. You express your own informed views.
- Although a work-term report is not an essay, you should nevertheless include some references to either books or Internet-based information. Although you can express your own personal impression on the topic selected, it is much more convincing if these are supported by findings elsewhere. For example, if you discuss a personnel issue related to your experience as a co-op employee, it might be useful to research personnel practices in Canadian businesses, and refer to those findings or statistics in your report.
- Finally, your report should be clear and written in correct English. Work-term reports written in French may be acceptable, but you should seek prior permission by writing to the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies.
The following is an example of a good work report:
Overcoming Foreign Language Anxiety (PDF) was written by Amanda Leigh. This work report won the Outstanding Work Term Report Award for Fall 2008.
Example co-op positions
|Job Title||Employer Name||Work Location||Comments|
|Marketing and Communications||A Hundred Answers Inc.||Ottawa|
|Bilingual Client Support Representative||ASL Consulting||Toronto|
|Terminologist||Bank of Canada||Ottawa|
|Junior Policy Analyst||Canadian Heritage||Gatineau, PQ|
|Junior Analyst||Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada||Gatineau, PQ|
|Marketing Communications Intern||Genetec||Montreal, PQ|
|Interpretive Guide||Juno Beach Centre||Juno Beach, France|
|Commercial Operations Intern||Mint Pharmaceuticals Inc.||Mississauga|
|French-speaking Business Development Internship||Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)||Rotterdam, Netherlands||arranged by student|
|Bilingual Communications Assistant (English-French)||Ontario Association of Community Futures Dev Corp||St. Thomas|
|Digital Marketing Intern||Tombooks||Pully, Switzerland||arranged by student|
|Social Media and Online Marketing Intern||Wowjobs Inc.||Calgary, AB|