Did you know that WatPD hires more co-op students every year than any other University department? Students are a fundamental part of WatPD’s day-to-day operation, and each new term gives a new group of student hires the chance to shape our approach to professional development and support.

We have plenty of reasons to hire Waterloo students:

We support Waterloo’s co-op program

Waterloo’s co-op program is the foundation of the University’s reputation, and WatPD is proud to support its continued success. Students who spend a work term at WatPD develop career and professional skills, explore the field of higher education, and build a network that can prove useful after graduation.

We benefit from the student perspective (and they benefit long-term)

WatPD wants to provide Waterloo students with the best possible online learning experience. When students work for WatPD, they have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the operation, content, and support strategies used in our suite of PD courses.

Because students bring a fresh perspective to the PD courses each term, they can help the WatPD team better connect with their peers. Our courses wouldn’t be as relevant and engaging without the years of student input that have informed their development.

And while WatPD is better off thanks to all of the contributions students have made over the years, students also benefit from a term spent with WatPD. Working at WatPD helps students deepen their understanding of the value of professional skills and lifelong learning, and we provide a supportive, compassionate environment that facilitates personal growth.

We need their energy

WatPD’s co-op students are invaluable sources of enthusiasm. Our department’s greatest asset is our culture, and our student hires help us define and improve that culture every day. Watching new groups of students grow and improve every term reminds us of the importance of our work.

We’re looking for WatPD ambassadors

Students who spend a term with WatPD leave the department ready to advocate for the value of professional development on campus and beyond. They can help their friends, coworkers, and peers understand how skills like communication, teamwork, and problem solving can help students find employment and thrive in the workplace.