Sample co-op jobs

With over 7,000 employers, Waterloo co-op students work for an amazing range of organizations. Common areas include


Business jobs

Blake travelled to Vancouver to work at Electronic Arts - NHL Division in Brand Management Marketing, where he helped with the development of the NHL video game.

As part of his role, Blake developed business proposals used to implement new features in the game and provided feedback to the development teams regarding gameplay. This fast-paced co-op experience exposed the Speech Communication student to new technologies and helped him realize his passion for the gaming industry.

Health care jobs

Lauren travelled to Uganda where she was an International Consultant and Project Manager for FullSoul Canada. She increased the percentage of midwives formally trained to use donated equipment from 40% to 75%.

She also worked with over 60 midwives to educate them on safer birthing practices and how to reduce the risk of infection, improving awareness by 50% across hospitals in Uganda.

Health research jobs

Nathan helped develop a novel bioink that can be used to decrease the amount of time it takes to 3D print kidney tissues while he was a visiting undergraduate student at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Nathan had the opportunity to demo his work to Hansjörg Wyss, the benefactor of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Duarte co-authored the resulting research article, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

Jobs in education and with NGOs

Co-op student passing ball to child in wheel chairIn her third work term, Laurin worked at an overnight camping facility designed for children with physical disabilities.

As a cabin leader at Camp Woodeden, she learned about mobility disorders and the techniques used to improve kids' quality of life and ability to be as independent as possible.

Prior to the role, Laurin, who is studying Kinesiology, wanted to work with older populations. However, co-op gave her the opportunity to discover that working with children with disabilities is a career path she is passionate about.

Technology jobs

Compass employees in matching sweatersWhen he began his studies at Waterloo, Vincent never expected he could be working in the heart of New York City.

As a Computer Science co-op student at Compass in New York City, he learned to program new features into an iOS and Android app. Despite having no experience in mobile development, he was mentored by full-time staff and quickly developed new skills.

Vincent loved how Compass gave him meaningful work rather than a project that might be thrown out. Working outside of Canada also opened Vincent’s eyes to the diversity of jobs and locations available in co-op.

Engineering and science jobs

Joseph says working as a field engineering student with PCL, one of Canada's top construction management companies, was awesome because he was involved with the construction of Canada's newest hockey arena: Rogers Place - the new home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

PCL gave him tremendous responsibilities and tasks that he says other companies would be hesitant to give. They trusted their students to do a good job while giving the support they needed to be successful.

A fourth-year Civil Engineering student, Joseph, learned about one of the largest sub-disciplines of civil engineering: construction. Construction and construction management is a tough undertaking since there are so many complex things that can't be taken into account during the design phase. It's an important and difficult task to ensure buildings, bridges, and other structures are built properly, efficiently, and of course, safely.

An interior shot of Rogers Place Edmonton under construction
Rogers Place under construction.

Government co-op jobs

As a Policy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Misha researched international and national policies to support cultural preservation of Indigenous communities.

She created a technical report which identified best practices for ongoing engagement between governments and indigenous populations within Canada. As a Political Science student, Misha really valued the exposure to public policy and development, inspiring her to pursue a Master’s degree in public policy.

Environment and sustainability jobs

Isha helped develop policies relating to land use plans in northern Canada during her work term as an Environmental Policy Analyst with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Her projects included analyzing development initiatives, including the environmental assessment legislation for Mackenzie Valley, the Nunavut Land Use plan and federal development projects in the Yukon.

As an Environment, Resources and Sustainability student, this role integrated Isha’s passion for environment sustainability with valuable knowledge in public policy, business, and research skills to prepare her for a career in federal public service.

Her work term highlighted the importance of other sectors in relation to federal government; for example, the intersection between business in the North and federal policies. Isha is now considering working in different sectors before entering government to serve Canadians and protect the environment in a sustainable manner.

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