Earn money and gain experience
Co-op lets you explore careers and gain paid work experience while earning your university degree. As a co-op student at Waterloo, you’ll normally alternate between four months in school and four months as a full-time employee of the organization you're working for.
Waterloo's co-op program is an amazing way to learn to successfully interview for jobs, see how your degree relates to real-life problems, graduate with up to two years of valuable experience – and make money!
North America's largest co-op program
Take advantage of Waterloo’s huge network of co-op employers – the largest of any university in North America!
4 to 6 co-op work terms
With multiple work terms, try out different careers to see what you like – or dislike.
Earn $8,400 to $18,000 per work term in Canada
Make money to help pay for school and gain experience at the same time!
Develop skills for your future
You'll learn how to identify your strengths and develop skills essential for future careers.
Graduate with less debt
Waterloo students have smaller student loans and are more successful at paying them back.
A network for your future
Learn to ace job interviews and networking opportunities so you can hit the workforce as a pro.
Explore potential careers through co-op
Where do co-op students work?
Waterloo co-op students work for an incredible range of employers, from small startup firms to all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and some of the world's biggest companies. Most students work in the Waterloo area, Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and Ottawa but can work elsewhere.
Choose your experience by the types of jobs you apply to through our exclusive job board for Waterloo co-op students, or find a job on your own!
- Alberta Cancer Research Institute
- Amnesty International Canada
- Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
- Bank of Montreal
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
- Bombardier Inc
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Canadian Space Agency
- Capital One
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
- CIBC World Markets
- City of Toronto
- Department of National Defence Canada
- Diamond Schmitt Architects
- EllisDon Construction
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Ernst & Young LLP
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Ford Motor Company of Canada
- Harvard Medical School
- Honda Canada
- Hydro One
- IBM Canada
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- Intact Financial
- KPMG LLP Canada
- Johnson & Johnson
- Labatt Breweries
- Microsoft Canada
- Mozilla Corporation
- Natural Resources Canada
- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- Ontario Power Generation
- Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
- Parks Canada
- PCL Constructors
- RBC Financial Group
- Rogers Media
- Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre
- Suncor Energy
- Sun Life Financial
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Sustainable Waterloo Region
- The Hospital for Sick Children
- The Weather Network
- Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
- Toronto Transit Commission
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
- Trexo Robotics
- United Nations Association in Canada
- University of Waterloo
- Waterloo Region Museum
- Peel Regional Police
- YMCA Canada
How does co-op work?
Waterloo's co-op program involves a real-world job application process, preparing you for what you'll experience when you graduate. Very simply, you apply to jobs, have interviews with employers, and then go into a process that matches students and employers based on preference.
Learn more how co-op works at Waterloo.