Summer off? No -- summer on!

While Knowledge Integration is not a formal co-op program, the optional KI Works program provides similar credentials and professional development for students who have their own relevant summer jobs.

Here are examples of the wide range of ways KI students spend their summer and apply their KI learning:

  • research with a biology professor, including field work in the far north
  • working in Toronto at a company specializing in digital strategy and doing an intra-preneurship project
  • attending the Redfish School of Change in BC to explore the Slocan Valley, the Okanagan, the Fraser River Valley, and Vancouver to gain skills in raising environmental awareness
  • 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
  • communication intern in Washington building relations with the US government and international media, and then returning to Waterloo as a SHAD program assistant during July
  • internet services research consultant for the uWaterloo Housing Office to find issues and inefficiencies with the residence internet system and address them from a residence student’s point of view
  • civilian interpreter for the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association in Halifax, Nova Scotia
     
  • internship at Overlap Associates, a strategy studio in Kitchener,  doing research, writing, design, facilitation, project management and more
  • research technician with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (before that, she attended the World Environmental Education Congress, as a member of DodoLab, an artists’ collaboration she became involved with through a KI seminar speaker)
  • participating in Explore, a six-week French immersion program in Quebec, and using the remaining weeks to complete a wilderness first responder course and backpack along the east coast
  • business analyst at Matrix Solutions in Calgary
  • project development intern for a grassroots and emerging community organization in Hamilton
  • community-based trainer for a Village Savings and Loan Association in Kampala, Uganda, through the Beyond Borders program
     
  • Beyond Borders program working in Kampala, Uganda with Reach Out Mbuya, an HIV/AIDS initiative that takes a holistic approach to helping limit the spread of HIV/AIDS as well as help families and individuals that have already been infected
     
  • Beyond Borders program working Nairobi, Kenya with an educational organization
  • synthesizing interdisciplinary and international experience to support business development at an architectural firm in Calgary
  • internship with the Working Centre in Kitchener
  • worked in the talent acquisition department at Talisman Energy Inc, in Calgary
  • research student at William Osler Health System in Brampton, including creating a clinical process involving an interdisciplinary team of social works, personal support workers, nurse practitioners and a Geriatrician to manage residents with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in long term care homes

  • intervenor with Deafblind Ontario Services, also taking math course and volunteering for a political campaign

  • summer field technician at an agriculture research foundation

  • working with The Museum in Kitchener

  • Archeological field school in Jordan

  • in Cuba and Mexico studying and working with an NGO in a lab, in the jungle, and on the beaches protecting endangered sea turtles

  • conducted research at Dalhousie University and supported marketing/business with BlueLight Analytics

  • internship with the UROP international program in Aachen, Germany programming web applications at an institute that specializes in virtual reality and educational organization

  • I am going to Aachen, Germany to do the UROP international program, helping a professor research the economics of European Union real estate policies

  • a research position with UROP international in Germany on the cellular mechanisms in malaria reproduction and how they enter into human cells

  • internship with the UROP international program in Aachen, Germany doing research on communicating scientific knowledge to the general public

  • Social Media Intern with BlackBerry

  • research assistant at a hospital

  • youth services officer at the Owen Sound Service Canada Centres For Youth, and was involved in other activities including running, taking a French course, and travelling

  • working with start-up to develop and roll out the company’s customer support infrastructure

  • running a leadership and teamwork program at an overnight summer camp in northern Ontario

  • Trades Interpreter at the Heritage Village of the Waterloo Region Museum, dressed in period correct costume for Kitchener in 1914, demonstrating basic blacksmithing and leather work.

  • Intern with MaRS Discovery District in Toronto at the Centre for Impact Investing, research in field building and collaborative networks

  • after the KI Barcelona field trip, working on an organic farm in Finland as a WWOOFer, then working as SHAD Program Assistant

  • working Treehaus Collaborative Workspace in Kitchener

  • after Amsterdam museum course field trip, in Copenhagen for a three-week intensive design thinking course

  • working at the Toronto Railway Museum

  • travelling in Europe (after the KI Museum Field Trip), then working as a computer camp instructor at TELUS World of Science in Edmonton
  • Barcelona museum course field trip, then Benin for a 3-week trip with an international development NGO, then a summer camp for work as a waterfront director

  • after Barcelona trip, heading to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to work in an orphanage with disabled children, then to Singapore for 3 months to work in a law firm

  • volunteered with the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre in Ramallah

  • First Year Experience Leader for the Faculty of Environment, including working with the Student Life 101 program events

  • Guide at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre, Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

  • participating in the Explore French immersion program in Quebec, then going to France for a four week French immersion program there, then travelling in Italy, then heading to an exchange at a university in Lyon, France for nine months

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