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:

  • 16-18 weeks in duration
  • Minimum 35 hours per week
  • Paid position (see co-op earnings for salary information)

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 Spring 2020 work term (May to August). There will be approximately 120 candidates available for the Spring work term, and they will be third 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 Spring 2020 Work Term Recruitment

Last Update: October 30, 2019

Employer job posting deadline

Tues. Jan 7, 2020

Fri. Jan 31, 2020

Student applications available for employers to review

Tues. Jan 14, 2020

Tues. Feb 4, 2020

Interviews at Tatham Centre (alternate dates and times available)

Mon. Jan 20, 2020 from 8am – 6pm

Wed. Feb 12, 2020 from 8am – 5pm

Employer rankings close

Mon. Jan 27, 2020 @ 9am

Thurs. Feb 13, 2020 @ 9am

Student rankings close

Wed. Jan 29, 2020 @ 2pm

Fri. Feb 14, 2020 @ 2pm

Match results available for employers and students

Wed. Jan 29, 2020

Fri. Feb 14, 2020