At Waterloo, co-op students alternate study terms with co-op work terms and graduate with relevant paid work experience. This means learning how to navigate the hiring process, applying your skills to real-life problems, and learning about yourself along the way.
In Arts, co-op is available in Peace and Conflict Studies through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.
Co-op is only available to students in Honours academic plans.
- Honours PACS students require a minimum 70% major average
- Honours Arts and Business, Honours PACS students require a minimum 70% major average and a minimum 70% average in their Honours Arts and Business courses.
As an Arts student, in most cases, you will assessed for co-op eligibility when you declare your major.
If you are eligible, you will be admitted to co-op before starting your second year Fall term (academic level 2A). Learn more about Arts co-op eligibility and speak with Ndagire Brendah if you have any questions.
You will have five work term opportunities in your sequence and you need to complete a minimum of four work terms. The sequence you follow is determined by when you start your studies and your academic plan(s). For example, students in Honours Arts and Business follow a different sequence than students in Honours Arts.
Learn more about which sequence you follow as a PACS major.
If you are requesting a sequence change, please see:
- Reasons for a sequence change request
- Co-operative Education request for academic/work term sequence change form
Co-op at Waterloo is predominantly funded by a student-paid co-op fee. Similar to tuition, this fee is associated with being enrolled in a co-op program and is paid in installments throughout your time at Waterloo. To learn more about these fees and what they cover, visit the Co-operative Education’s fee page.
Work term reports and Professional Development (PD) courses
Co-op students in Arts must complete four work reports. The first work report, which is to be completed during your first work term, will be satisfied by the successful completion of PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace. Learn more about the Arts work term report requirements.
Co-op students in Arts must complete four Professional Development (PD) courses. These courses help you increase your employability and assist you with seeing connections between work experience and what you learn in the classroom.
As a co-op student, you will have a team of support. Learn how to connect with your team.
All students (co-op and regular streams) have access to Centre for Career Action resources and supports at any point during their time at Waterloo.
Ndagire Brendah, the PACS Undergraduate Officer, is also available to support you throughout the co-op process.
Co-op student experiences
Hear from former PACS students about the kinds of jobs they had in co-op and reflections on their experiences on the co-op student experiences page.
Co-op student jobs
Co-op student Employers
In previous years, students have held co-op jobs with a wide ranger of employers, including:
- City of Waterloo
- Manulife Financial
- Live Different
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada
- Employment and Social Development Canada
- Toronto District School Board
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
- Heart and Stroke Foundation
Some of the job titles that PACS students have held include:
- Business Development Associate
- Project Delivery Officer
- Assistant Project Manager
- Junior Analyst
- Technical Sales Assistant
- Assistant Coordinator - Volunteer Resources Team
- Events Assistant
- Talent Administrator
- Teaching Assistant