Student Experiences with Co-op

Peace and Conflict Studies is excited to offer a Co-operative Education option directly to our students begining Fall 2020. For students who are combining a co-op program with PACS, the opportunities are almost endless for possible jobs. Below are a few stories of what some PACS students have done while on co-op.


Cassie:

Cassie MyersDuring the final year of her degree, Cassie founded her start-up, SheLeads. SheLeads is building a platform for educators, to encourage and assess leadership skill understanding in girls seamlessly. Through the platform, girls ages 6-10 go through story based games that focus on strong female protagonists leading adventures around various leadership skills including: risk-taking, responsibility, and communication. Cassie spent most of her Co-op terms in the technology sector, and learned a lot that helped her create SheLeads.

Read more about Cassie here!

Caileigh:

Caileigh MacIsaacOn her fourth Co-op position as a Research Market Analyst for a renewable energy company, showing that Caileigh has had Co-op jobs that have given her experiences across the board. At a previous Co-op position, Caileigh worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Peterborough as a Marketing Officer. Caileigh believes that her Co-op experiences have helped to shape her interests for the future in the realm of PACS.

Read more about Caileigh here!

Konica:

Konica Kochar

As a Co-op student, Konica got the opportunity to try her hand at a number of different approaches to conflict. She spent a term working as a Tax Administrator with Manulife Financial where she learned about the importance of establishing connections and team dynamics. She then went on to work as a Health Promotion Assistant with the Heart and Stroke Foundation within the South Asian diversity wing. This opportunity taught Konica the impact of adapting information to specific cultures in order to have the maximum positive effect on those involved. In her final Co-op experienced working in Ottawa as a Junior Policy Analyst, Konica researched women’s homelessness and was inspired by her work to do more. Konica and one of her Co-op partners decided to take the information they were learning and experience more first hand. On their own, they began volunteering at a Shelter in Ottawa, holding life-skills and internet literacy workshops for homeless individuals.

Read more about Konica here!

Raj:

Raj As an Arts and Business Student at the University of Waterloo, Sukhraaj ‘Raj’ Shergill's first Co-op position allowed him to work with the Government of Canada in Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). This lead to a continued relationship which saw Raj complete 5 terms at INAC, having a number of different positions including Policy Analyst, Communications Assistant, and as an International Relations Analyst where he was invited to have dinner with the Chilean Ambassador to Canada! Another notable Co-op position had him working in Treaties and Aboriginal Government (TAG) as a Negotiations Analyst, a position that works to increase the autonomy of indigenous groups through supporting self-government and solidifying treaties.

Read more about Raj here!

Anna:

Anna profile

As an Arts and Business student, Anna Giesbrecht, majored in PACS with a minor in International Studies. Inspired by the Restorative Justice course (PACS 329), Anna applied for a Co-op position with Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener. This position allowed her to work in the Elder Mediation Services Branch, working to build relationships with older members of the community so that the organization can better resolve conflict with these populations. Anna also spent time in Brazil for one of her Co-op positions working with the organization ‘Youth with a Mission’ where Anna taught English to students while they were not in their formal schooling. 

Read more about Anna here!

Kayleigh:

Kayeligh ProfileKayleigh Swanson tailored her Arts and Business degree with a major in PACS. Her first Co-op position took her to Edmonton to work with a business-consulting firm where she worked as an analyst. This position allowed her to work on a number of diverse projects that connected the business world to her classroom learning. For Kayleigh’s second Co-op term she travelled to Uganda as part of the Beyond Borders program, which doubled as a PACS Internship. Kayleigh spent 3 months working for a non-profit whose purpose is to curve the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Co-op term three had Kayleigh working as the Donor Relations and Stewardship Assistant with the University Of Waterloo Office Of Advancement. For her final Co-op term Kayleigh worked with a law form in Toronto.

Read more about Kayleigh here!