Looking to integrate your learning and work experience and develop professional skills and connections? 

The KI Works program provides a structure for your summer job that does just that.

An optional program for KI students, you can enroll if you have a summer job that is relevant to your degree interests or career aspirations. (A term of full-time employment at another time of the year could qualify for the KI Works program if you're returning to KI studies following the job.)

You’ll complete pre-employment and post-employment reflections that will help you connect your job experience with your in-class learning and personal and professional development. Regular meetings and structured formative feedback from your manager will help you identify areas for improvement on the job. And an end-of-employment evaluation will form part of your KI Works record, accompanied by a Chair’s letter explaining the program and detailing your performance.

Although it is not an accredited co-op program, KI Works shares most of the same requirements and will thus be evidence of the same kind of experience and learning that employers have become used to in Waterloo graduates.

Examples of previous KI Works students:

  •  Civic Innovation Assistant at a Civic Innovation Lab including co-creating tools and materials for prototyping and rapid experiment of ideas, assisting with creation of productive lab working sessions using design thinking methodologies, social media, data analysis.
  • Social Media Support Intern at a high-tech company, running the Twitter channel, writing for the blog, and developing multimedia.
  • Assistant Director at a summer camp implementing programs, managing staff, and helping plan for continued expansion.
  • Trades Interpreter at a heritage village immersive museum, dressed in period costume, leading programming while demonstrating  blacksmithing and leather work.

  • Summer Field Technician at an agriculture research foundation doing data collection, implementing treatment protocols, routine trial maintenance, and technology transfer. 

Another great KI Works-eligible opportunity: check out Enterprise Co-op Stream 2 where you can work on solving specific, billion-dollar problems identified by the Problem Lab.

Interested in learning more or enrolling? 

Check out the frequently asked questions below or complete the KI Works Job Description form now!


Also check out EDGE: Waterloo’s experiential education certificate program

EDGE will help you develop key professional skills, explore career options, and market yourself to employers.

KI Works is a pre-approved EDGE experience, if you enroll in a Professional Development course (online through WatPD) during the same term that you are completing the experience.