Our co-op option enables students to combine their academic studies with practical work experience in positions related to their professional interests. Following the MA coursework terms (Fall and Winter), students apply for co-op positions in public and private organizations. Co-op work terms are either four or eight months in length and are followed by a term back on campus for writing the major research paper or thesis. If you are interested in the co-op option, please complete this application by the end of September. If you have any problems accessing this document, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

2020 Co-op placements

  • Junior Policy Analyst - Canada Border Services Agency
  • Summer Student - International Development Research Centre
  • Junior Project Officer - National Research Council Canada
  • Supplier Delivery Analyst - RBC Financial Group
  • Policy Assistant - Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

2019 Co-op placements

  • Research Assistant - Ontario Ministry of Finance, Finance Services
  • Policy Assistant - Planning, Environment, Resource and Land Secretariat (PERL), Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Project Delivery Analyst - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • Training Development Specialist - Enable Training and Consulting Inc.
  • Research Associate - Toronto Centre
  • Analyst - Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Research Assistant - Waterloo Professional Development Program (WatPD)

2018 Co-op placements

  • IT and Business Compliance Analyst - Toronto Transit Commission
  • Research Assistant - Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Government of Alberta
  • Junior Program Advisor - National Research Council Canada
  • Research Assistant - National University of Singapore
  • Policy Analyst - Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Anti-Money Laundering Investigator - Bank of Montreal, Financial Intelligence Unit
  • Analyst - Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • University of Waterloo Secretariat
  • Analyst - Treasury Board Secretariat

Co-op student experiences