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Co-op at Waterloo

Waterloo co-op student holding camera on Brooklyn Bridge in New York

Marissa spent a co-op work term in New York City adding international experience to her skills and outlook.

Gain paid work experience through co-op 

Co-op allows you to combine school terms with paid work experience relating to your degree.

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

Explore careers and find your perfect fit

With 4 to 6 co-op terms, try out different careers to see what you like – before you even graduate!

Apply to jobs with our 6,900 employers

With more co-op employers than any other university, Waterloo gives you access to an unmatched range of jobs.

Earn $45,000 to $85,000 to pay for tuition

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

Learn to excel in interviews

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

Graduate with smaller debt

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

A network for your future

People you'll meet during co-op can help launch your career, providing references or tips about job opportunities.

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

Why choose co-op?

Not sure what you want to do after university?

With 4 to 6 work terms and with thousands of co-op jobs posted at Waterloo each year, you'll see what types careers are possible.

Already have a career in mind?

Use co-op make contacts who could help you – or even hire you – when you graduate

Plan to continue your education after Waterloo?

Co-op work terms can introduce you to many specialized fields within your area of interest


Students in business suits walking by Waterloo's co-op building

Waterloo is home to Canada’s largest university building dedicated to co-op education and career services, with 180 staff ready to help you find a great summer job, co-op work term, or career.