Tenants have access to the University of Waterloo's more than 17,600 co-operative education students in the largest program of its kind in the world. These talented young men and women have chosen a highly demanding program that requires them to be immediately useful to their employers, deliver professional work, and juggle multiple responsibilities. Assertive and ambitious, self-confident and open to change, these are the ideal characteristics of those who master technology in today's tumultuous market place. Even before graduation, many students are capable of developing new products and technologies. Microsoft is just one of the organizations that benefited from this type of student achievement.
Co-operative education is defined as a program that formally integrates a student's academic studies with work experience in co-operative employer organizations. The usual plan is for the student to alternate periods of experience in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, social services, and the professions.
From the beginning, the University of Waterloo has been an outward-looking university, aware of and responsive to the needs of society. We have the largest co-operative education program in North America, and our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to solve today's complex and pressing problems and to embrace future challenges
The standard model at the University of Waterloo is one that alternates classroom and work site experiences every four months. Because of its size (17,600 students in more than 120 co-op plans in partnership with 6,300 employers), the opportunities for learning, growth, and career development are boundless.