Experiential learning plays a key role in the training of future pharmacists. At the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, our students must complete three pharmacy co-op work terms. Co-op is a well-established educational model that promotes continuous learning through the integration of classroom and applied work-based learning. It is a learner-centred model where the onus is on the student to direct their own learning and make a valuable contribution. With the support of our employers, we intend to offer the students a diverse selection of work term opportunities.

General Co-op Requirements:

  • Relevant co-op position (job description to be reviewed and approved if suitable)
  • 16 weeks in duration
  • 35-40 hours per week (full-time hours)
  • Paid position (see co-op earnings for salary information)
  • Student must have a supervisor or access to a mentor for duration of the work term
  • Employers must complete required student evaluations

We have students available to meet your co-op needs all year.

We are now recruiting University of Waterloo Pharmacy co-op positions for the Winter 2022 work term (January to April). There will be approximately 122 candidates available and they will be first work term students.

Hiring Co-op?

Post a job to hire co-op, graduating students, or alumni. From disciplines available, select “Theme: Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals and SCI-Pharmacy”.


Connect with Us

Anthony Miller
Experiential Learning Coordinator/Instructor
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 21335

Sarah de Waal
Administrative Coordinator, Co-op, CPD, and CSL
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 21305
General inquiries: phrexper@uwaterloo.ca

#1 January to April Early September Year two
#2 September to December Early May Year two
#3 May to August Early January Year three


Hiring Process

To begin the hiring process, employers will need to post a job. From the disciplines available, select “Theme: Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, and SCI-Pharmacy”. You will need to include the following information in your job description:

  • Organization information
  • Job location
  • Job title and responsibilities (e.g. technical, clinical, projects, etc.)
  • Required skills

Two cycles of interviews will occur each recruiting term. Employers are strongly encouraged to participate in the first cycle interviews as there will be more students available. If a position remains unfilled after first cycle interviews, we will automatically re-post the position for second cycle interviews for remaining students. Any jobs submitted after the first cycle posting deadline will be posted for the second cycle.

Employers review applications submitted by students and select which students to interview. After the interview has occurred, the employer will rank the students and then students will rank the jobs. Employers and students are matched based on our matching algorithm system.

Important Dates for Winter 2022 Work Term Recruitment

Last Update: July 16, 2021.

STEPS Main Cycle Continuous Cycle
Employer job posting deadline

Tues. Sept 7, 2021

Thurs. Sept 30, 2021
Student applications available for employers to review

Tues. Sept 14, 2021 @ 9 am

Tues. Oct 5, 2021 @ 9am
Interviews (via phone or video conference ONLY)

Mon. Sept 20, Wed. Sept 22, Thurs. Sept 23, and Fri. Sept 24, 2021

(Tues. Sept 21 excluded)

Mon. Oct 18 (8:30am-1pm), Wed. Oct 20 (8:30am-12:30pm), Thurs. Oct 21, 2021

(Tues. Oct 19 excluded)

Employer rankings close

Mon. Sept 27, 2021 @ 12pm

Fri. Oct 22, 2021 @ 12pm
Student rankings close

Wed. Sept 29, 2021 @ 2pm

Mon. Oct 25, 2021 @ 2pm
Match results available for employers and students

Wed. Sept 29, 2021 (end of day)

Mon. Oct 25, 2021 (end of day)