What kinds of co-op jobs might be available?
MPS students have found co-op jobs in federal, provincial and municipal government agencies, with titles such as: Policy Analyst, Economic Development Intern, Junior Economist, Research Assistant, Business Analyst, and Assistant to Chief of Staff. Please visit our Co-op Examples page for a listing of MPS Co-op postions. Note: Many government co-op jobs are located in the Ottawa and Toronto regions, and in other provinces and capitals. Students who are willing to relocate are therefore much more likely to get a good co-op job.
How will I find a good paid co-op position?
The 8-month co-op work experience is facilitated by uWaterloo's Co-operative Education, the world's largest co-op program, and the Centre for Career Action. During the second term you begin searching and applying for co-op opportunities via JobMine, the university's co-op job bank. You will be notified that you have an interview through JobMine. All interviews happen at the Tatham Centre on the main campus, a few minutes away from the MPS program space. After your interview, employers will then choose if they want to offer you a position or rank you as an alternate choice. The interview and employer matching process takes about a month. When the month is over, you then see which positions you've been offered or ranked. You rank which positions you want. The system then matches you and your new employer. If you do not get matched, then you go for more interviews until you are successfully matched.
The co-op process still sounds scary. Who will support me?
We understand that landing your first co-op position may be intimidating. That's why you are supported the entire way. At Waterloo MPS, you not only have the world's largest co-op program to back you up, you also have caring faculty, staff, senior students and alumni to help you along the way. We work with you to ensure that you have an excellent application package, the right words to say in an interview, and the confidence to win the employer's approval.
What is the pay range I can expect to earn during the co-op term?
Waterloo's Co-operative Education & Career Services does not establish or recommend pay range for co-op work terms, rather, pay is set by the employer. Historically, the average income for MPS students for the 8-month period is $20,000 ($10,000 per term).