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The supervised co-operative education work terms provide you with an opportunity to apply your course learning in a public service setting. The work term may involve any public service activity or function, such as policy analysis, policy development, program evaluation, communications, and so on. In addition, the co-operative education experience provides an understanding of the practical realities of public service and exposes you to collaborative working relationships. Check out our co-operative education examples page for a sample of your future job titles.
Co-operative Education preparation
You must complete all coursework (except PS 622, Major Team Project) before starting your co-operative education job. The job is intended to be a paid, full-time work experience taking place over eight months (terms 3 and 4, May-December). Co-operative Education & Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) administer the co-operative education system for the University of Waterloo. Co-operative Education staff develop employment opportunities, which are then listed on the co-operative education job posting website, WaterlooWorks. You then formally apply to positions on JobMine and attend interviews on-campus (at the Tatham Centre). In addition, you are also encouraged to search for government employment opportunities yourself, that would then be approved and facilitated by Co-operative Education and CEE staff.
Co-operative Education work placements must:
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.