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Co-op at Waterloo

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Gain paid work experience through co-op

At Waterloo, you'll normally spend 4 months in school followed by 4 months in a paid co-op job relating to your program. We'll help you apply to jobs and support you during your work terms.

icon of office desk with lampExplore careers

With 4 to 6 co-op terms, try out different careers to see what you like.

icon of 4 stick figures around a table6,900 employers = choice

Waterloo gives you access to more co-op employers than any other university.

icon of coins stackedEarn $45,000 to $85,000 

Make money to help pay for school and gain experience at the same time!

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Refine your job search skills so you're ready to hit the workforce as a pro.

icon of graduation capGraduate with smaller debt

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

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Meet people who can provide references or tips about job opportunities once you graduate.

79%of Waterloo co-op grads earn $50,000+ compared to 38% of Ontario graduates*
96%of our co-op grads work in jobs related to their program compared to 79% of Ontario graduates**
91%employment rate for Waterloo co-op grads compared to 87% of Ontario graduates**
* 2 years after graduation, ** 6 months after graduation

Co-op = one of the best decisions of my life

Honours Arts and Business co-op student Nicole Simec led a project for Microsoft Canada that was used in retail stores across the country. Learn what Nicole did at Microsoft and why she chose co-op


Where you'll work

You choose your experience by the types of jobs you apply to through Waterloo's co-op process. You might work for a multinational company with thousands of employees or for a small firm with just a few people.

Most jobs are in the Toronto and Waterloo areas, but students work around the world.


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