What Type of Co-op Jobs are Available to Students?

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History students have proven to be adaptable, nimble employees qualified to work in a variety of positions, as seen in the list below of jobs currently held by our co-op students. Students who take the Arts & Business plan with an Honours History major often obtain the jobs listed in business, such as Business Analyst.

Jobs our co-op students have

Historians as Researchers

  • Research Assistant, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Research Assistant, University of Waterloo 
  • Research Assistant, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development 
  • Junior Research Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation
  • Junior Research Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • Archives Assistant, Corporation of the County of Simcoe

Historians as Analysts

  • Junior Analyst, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
  • Junior Policy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Education 
  • Proposal Assistant, Open Text Corporation 
  • Security Analyst, Public Safety Canada 
  • Special Projects Analyst, University of Waterloo 
  • Junior Policy Analyst, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Junior Compliance Analyst, Indigenous Services Canada

Historians as Communicators

  • Franklin Templeton Investments, Public Relations 
  • Communications Officer - Publications, Scotiabank
  • Intern Co-ordinator, APEX Public Relations Inc.
  • Human Resources Intern, Options Consulting Solutions
  • Guest Services Staff, Waterloo Region Museum
  • Customer Service, Paddlecore
  • Customer Service, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
  • Events Assistant, University of Waterloo
  • Customer Communication Associate, Clearpath Robotics Inc.
  • Interpreter, Waterloo Regional Museum

Historians as Information Managers

  • Project Co-ordinator, Crawford and Company
  • Junior Project Co-ordinator, eHealth Ontario
  • Dragon Boat Co-ordinator, Paddlecore
  • CPA Student Co-ordinator, University of Waterloo
  • Leasing Administrative Assistant, Domus Student Housing Inc.
  • RFP Co-ordinator, Sandvine Incorporated
  • Co-op Services Associate, University of Waterloo
  • Technical Support Representative, University of Waterloo  
  • Sector Advisor – Automotive Industry Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Records Management – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Historians as Educators

  • English Tutor, Sheridan College
  • Historical Teacher/Interpreter, Waterloo Region Museum
  • Outdoor Education Intern, Toronto District School Board

Historians in Business

(note: The majority of students who obtained these jobs in business graduated through the Arts & Business plan with an Honours History major, rather than an Honours History major alone)

  • Director of Sales, Power TakeOff
  • Marketing Administrator, Rogers New Ventures
  • Marketing Services Assistant, PEER Group Inc. 
  • Business Development Analyst, Brevitas Consulting Inc.
  • Business Support Clerk, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
  • Business Manager, Advantage House Painters Inc.
  • Marketing Assistant, TunnelBear Inc.
  • Business Support Analyst, Bank of Montreal
  • Marketing and Business Development Co-ordinator, Historical Branding Solutions
  • Sales Executive, Target Directories Corporation
  • Marketing Intern, Viral Nation
  • IT Business Analyst, Sun Life Financial
  • Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation

For more information and real-world examples of what you can do with a history degree, visit the Canadian Historical Association's website where many graduates throughout Canada are profiled.

Historians in the Workplace

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For real-world examples of historians in the workplace, see our Alumni page where graduates from our History program share their stories about the career path they took after graduation.

To learn about a variety of careers obtained by historians throughout Canada, visit the Canadian Historical Association's website where many graduates are profiled.