Supporting students and beyond
The donor-funded program that helps students give back while gaining experience.
The donor-funded program that helps students give back while gaining experience.By Megan Vander Woude Office of Advancement
The Global Citizen Internship program provides students in the Faculty of Environment with hands-on experience with a non-profit.
In the non-profit sector, generally there isn’t sufficient funding to hire students. I believe it’s important to make co-op internships accessible to everyone.
Thanks to donor Sheryl Kennedy (BES ’76), Planning student Jacklyn Iezzi spent her last co-op term working for Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph (WDG). Jacklyn received practical experience that she’ll take into her career, but her time with Habitat was also very rewarding. She grew up in the local community, and this co-op experience allowed her to help families in her hometown.
“Sheryl’s contribution is just so generous,” she says. “It transcends beyond me as a student at Waterloo…. It’s helping people find adequate and affordable living situations.”
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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.