Recruit Canada’s top emerging tech talent

On the left Waterloo co-op student writing code on and on the right co-op students working on a app prototype

Your tech leaders are here.

Build your sustainable talent strategy with Canada’s innovation university. As the top school for entrepreneurs in Canada (Pitchbook University Rankings 2023), our co-op students are industry ready.

Our student talent can meet your business needs with cutting-edge digital, engineering and artificial intelligence skills.

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Roles co-op students can fill

Tap into valuable skills of Waterloo co-op students in areas such as:

Artificial intelligence

Sample jobs Sample job responsibilities
Business intelligence developer Design computer vision solutions.
Big data engineer Collect data and train team members on new deep-learning models.
Machine learning engineer Run speed and accuracy experiments to improve computer vision pipelines.
AI intern Design, test and develop back-end solutions for artificial intelligence teams.

Data and analysis

Sample jobs Sample job responsibilities
Data modeler Analyze and translate business needs to create solution data models.
Data analyst Build reporting and analytics to provide recommendations.
Cloud architect Support cloud strategies and organize cloud systems to meet organizational needs.
Database administrator Manage database permissions and ensure the database meet users’ requirements.

Digital transformation support

Sample jobs Sample job responsibilities
Digital marketer Develop and implement digital marketing strategies to attract customers.
Financial analyst Analyze financial data and estimate future revenues and expenditures.
Customer and community engagement Develop customer engagement plans and build customer satisfaction strategies.
UX/UI Designers Create clear wireframes, user flows, site maps, and graphic visualizations to prototype and communicate ideas.

Finance and business

Sample jobs Sample job responsibilities
Accountants Prepare accounting reports and ensure the accuracy of financial statements.
Actuarial analyst Use statistical models to analyze data and assess risk.
Business analyst Assess organizational/business performance and improve processes and systems.
Compliance business analyst Examine business practices and policies to identify compliance issues/recommendations.
Customer service associate Interact with customers to resolve problems and recommend products and services.
Digital business analyst Analyze and report on data gathered from digital channels.
Equity research analyst Produce research stock reports, projections and recommendations.
Financial and investment analyst Collect and analyze financial information to provide investment advice.
Financial auditor Examine and analyze accounting and financial records to ensure accuracy and compliance.
Digital market researcher Analyze digital marketing performance and propose actionable strategies to improve digital marketing strategies.
Portfolio analyst Analyzes investments and provides advice to clients.
Statistician Collect, analyze, interpret and report on data.
Mathematician Research mathematical theories and develop techniques for problem solving.

Hardware and software development

Sample jobs Sample job responsibilities
Python programmer Write and test code, debug programs and integrate applications with third-party web services.
Web developer Monitor website traffic, troubleshoot website problems and update websites as necessary.
Software developer Research, design and build computer programs.
Cybersecurity hardware engineer Create and manage hardware, software and security policies.
App designer Develop Android and IOS apps.
Full-Stack developer Contribute to and develop client and server software.

Information and communication technology

Sample jobs Sample job responsibilities
IT & customer support Manage staff IT requests and develop documentation for troubleshooting.
Computer network technician Perform security assessments, manage and evaluate cybersecurity tools.
Technical solutions specialist Manage software updates and device considerations and develop training documentation.

Fund your next hire

Hiring a co-op student through the subsidies and grants below can be an affordable way of building a sustainable talent strategy!

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Through SWPP, Canadian organizations that offer full-time employment opportunities for full-time Canadian post-secondary students can receive wage subsidies.

Funding will cover up to 50 per cent in wage subsidies (to a max. of $5,000) per co-op student hired for each 12–16-week work term. Students hired from under-represented groups may be eligible to have up to 70 per cent of their wages subsidized. Eligbility is determined on a case-by-case basis at the end of each work term.

Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit  

Large corporations can claim 25 per cent of expenditures, up to $3,000 per work placement. Small businesses can claim 30 per cent, up to $3,000. Each work placement must be at least 10 weeks and up to 4 months. This tax credit is available for each eligible work placement. Employers may have multiple work placements at the same time and throughout the year.

The tax credit is per eligible work placement and there is no cap. If 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.

Nicole Guenther

Find the right talent today.

Connect with Nicole! 🚀

Nicole is an industry strategist with the University of Waterloo’s Co-operative Education department. She can help guide your recruitment strategy and answer questions about recruiting top co-op talent.


Phone: 226-921-1682

Industry-leading companies hire co-op students 

By: Krista Henry (she/her)

Future-ready engineers at startup Mycro Harvest are leveraging Waterloo co-op students to assist their smart farms by using artificial intelligence (AI) to increase food production and help meet future demand.