Hire Waterloo interns/co-op students for tech, business, finance and data

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According to CareerCast, 7 out of 10 top jobs employ talent with math degrees.

They have advanced technical and human-centered skills needed to solve complex problems. Their unique perspective brings value to any organization for global impact.

Hire tech, business, finance and data students from Canada's #1 university for Computer Science, Math and Engineering!

Top reasons to hire from Waterloo

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Roles Waterloo co-op students can fill

What work can Waterloo co-op students do in the business, finance, information technology, data and analytics fields? Learn more about job categories, roles and skills they bring to the table. 

TIP when posting your job: We have a number of industry clusters and programs to choose from so your jobs are seen by the right students! Choose as many relevant industry clusters and programs that you want to target.

To give you more flexibility, you may hire interns or co-op students as an employee or an independent contractor! Contact us and we can provide you with more details.

Business and Finance

Sample jobs:

  • Accountants
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Development Officer
  • Compliance business analyst
  • Customer Service Associate
  • Digital Business Analyst
  • Equity research analyst
  • Financial Investment Analyst
  • Financial Auditor
  • Macroeconomic Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Mathematician
  • Project Coordinator
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Statistician

Top skills:

  • Programming (Waterloo students have a foundation in programming using Racket and C so that they can easily learn other programming languages (such as R, Python, SQL, PHP, Javascript, Swift etc.) based on their personal interests)
  • Advanced mathematical modeling
  • Auditing
  • Complex problem solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Customer service
  • Detail-oriented
  • Innovation mindset
  • Information and data literacy
  • Financial reporting
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Self-management
  • Technological agility
  • Project management

Industry clusters you may want to target when posting your job in WaterlooWorks:

Industry clusters
Accounting and Financial
Finance and Investment
Insurance and Risk Management
Sales and Business Development
Business Administration
Human Resources
Project and Process Management
Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Information and Technology

Sample jobs:

  • AI Engineers
  • Biostatistician
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Network Technicians
  • Database Analysts
  • Database Developer
  • E-commerce Platform Developer
  • Health Service Modelling
  • Full-stack Developer
  • Interactive Media Developers
  • Machine Learning Developer
  • Market Development Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Specialist / Test Engineer
  • Research Analyst
  • Security Management Associate
  • Software Engineers and Designers
  • Systems administrator
  • Web Designers and Developers
  • User Support Technicians
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Video Game Designer

Top skills

  • Programming (Waterloo students have a foundation in programming using Racket and C so that they can easily learn other programming languages (such as R, Python, SQL, PHP, Javascript, Swift etc.) based on their personal interests)
  • Website development
  • Application/Software design and development
  • Develop Android and iOS based apps
  • Advanced problem solving
  • Advanced computer modeling
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Detail-oriented
  • Information and data literacy
  • Innovation mindset
  • Project management
  • Machine learning
  • Self-management

Industry clusters you may want to target when posting your job in WaterlooWorks: 

Industry clusters
Computing Hardware and Software
Computing Systems Security and Cryptography
Digital and Graphic Media; Web Site Design and Development
Medical Devices and Diagnostics
Computing Information Systems and Quality Assurance
Information Science and Data Management
Manufacturing and Process Engineering

I did software development, for example front-end web development, developing websites and how they look. I also created a widget for a client which was really cool.

Max Zhu | Co-op student, Faculty of Mathematics

Data and Analysis

Sample jobs:

  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Credit Risk Analyst
  • Customer Segmentation Analyst
  • Data Administrators
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Global markets Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Mathematical Modeler
  • Risk Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Transportation Logistics Specialist
  • Quantitative Analyst

Top skills:

  • Programming (Waterloo students have a foundation in programming using Racket and C so that they can easily learn other programming languages (such as R, Python, SQL, PHP, Javascript, Swift etc.) based on their personal interests)
  • Complex problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Data architecture
  • Data visualization
  • Detail-oriented
  • Information and data literacy
  • Innovation mindset
  • Machine learning
  • Planning and modeling
  • Predictive analysis
  • Product development
  • Project management
  • Self-management
  • Technological agility

Industry clusters you may want to target when posting your job in WaterlooWorks:

Industry clusters
Data Analytics, Statistical Analysis, and Mathematical Optimization
Health Care information systems
Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Information Science and Data Management
Project and Process Management

Industry-leading companies hire co-op students

Startups, small businesses and large corporations all choose to hire from Waterloo. Here’s a small snapshot of organizations our students have made an impact in:

  • Autodesk Inc
  • Amazon
  • BlackBerry
  • Christie
  • Condos.ca
  • Curvegrid
  • Deloitte
  • Electronic Arts Inc.
  • HelloGbye
  • LoyaltyOne Co.
  • Manulife
  • Maple Leaf Foods
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Nissan Canada Inc
  • NVIDIA Corporation
  • Open Text Corporation
  • Ritual
  • Scotiabank
  • Splunk Inc
  • Square
  • StackAdapt
  • Stripe
  • Tesla
  • TD Bank Group
  • The Home Depot Canada
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • theScore
  • Toronto Transit Commission
  • Uber
  • Uken Games

Shopify's experience hiring Waterloo co-op

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During Black Friday/Cyber Monday, one of our interns wrote a maintenance task that prevented Shop Pay from failling for most of, if not all of, Chilean buyers.

AJ Thompson, Intern Experience Specialist, Shopify

 How does co-op work?

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Top wage subsidies and tax incentives for hiring co-op

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) Receive up to $5,000 per co-op student

Through SWPP, organizations in Canada that offer full-time employment opportunities for full-time Canadian post-secondary students can receive wage subsidies. There are several partners that deliver this funding.

SWPP scenario:

If you hire a student to work 35 hours a week at $18.00/hour for 16 weeks, normally, your total cost for wages will be $10,080.

But with SWPP, your total cost would be $5, 080!

How much is this funding? Funding will cover up to 50% in wage subsidies (to a max. of $5,000) per co-op student you hire for each 12–16-week work term.

Students hired from under-represented groups may be eligible to have up to 70% of their wages subsidized. This is determined on a case-by-case basis at the end of each work term.

Am I eligible?
  • There is SWPP funding is available to employers in all industries
  • Positions must be net new to qualify for SWPP funding (i.e.: positions over and above what employers hired last year at the same time)
  • Employers can hire students in any program (i.e.: Arts, Business, Science...etc.)
  • However, students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment to qualify for funding from SWPP
  • Provincial and territorial governments are NOT eligible for SWPP funding
How can I apply? You apply directly to each funding partner. We've put together a helpful list of details for all of the funding partners. Take a look for more details!
What's the application deadline? Applications are open! Deadlines vary by funding partner.

Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit $3,000 tax credit per co-op student

How much is the tax credit?

Large corporations can claim 25% of expenditures, up to $3,000, while small businesses can claim 30% of expenditures up to $3,000, per eligible work placement. This tax credit is available for each work placement. Each work placement needs to be a minimum of 10 weeks and maximum of 4 months with no cap on the amount of eligible work placements an employer submits.

Employers may have multiple work placements which take place at the same time and throughout the year (I.e. iIf an organization decides to hire for an eight-month work term, or two students for four-month work terms, both would be considered as two work placements and would be eligible for a total tax credit of up to $6,000).

Am I eligible? Any Ontario employer hiring students from a post-secondary co-op program
How can I apply?

Corporations claim the tax credit on Schedule 550 of their T2 corporation income tax return. Unincorporated businesses claim the credit on Form ON479 in their personal tax return.

Learn more about the forms you need to submit on the government website.

What's the application deadline? Tax season each year

A tip to maximize your funding

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) funding can be combined with the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit. This mean that you might be eligible to receive both types of funding.

For example: for each student you hire, you could receive up to $5,000 in SWPP funding plus an Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit of up to $3,000 in expenditures not covered by SWPP!

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