University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
As an Environment and Business student, you will gain valuable co-op work experience and gain first-hand knowledge of how environmental decision-making can be integrated into the business world. You'll complete five four-month work terms over the course of the program and complete four co-op work reports.
Professional development courses
Co-op students in Environmental Studies are required to complete a minimum of five Professional Development courses, including an introductory course (PD-1) that must be taken prior to the first work term. At least two other of the Professional Development courses must cover non-technical skills. Other than the initial course, the courses are normally taken during Co-op work terms. Students are encouraged to take a Professional Development course each work term until the requirement is met. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be permitted to continue in co-op.
Finding a co-op job
While most students find jobs through the interview process run by Co-operative Education and Career Services, you are free to find a job on your own. If you find your own work term, you can request to have it count as a regular work term through Co-operative Education and Career Services.
All co-op work reports are to be submitted to the undergraduate advisor on the due date by 12:00 noon. (See below regarding due date.) A work report receipt will be prepared; the student receives one copy, one copy is sent to the co-op office and one copy remains with the work report.
Normally, work reports are due seven days after the first official day of lectures of the academic term in which the report is required. Actual dates may vary, so it is best to confirm the due date with your undergraduate advisor.
Students who are on consecutive work terms are expected to submit a work report immediately following each work term; this also applies to students completing an eight-month work term with the same employer. Work reports can be hand delivered or mailed to the Environment and Business administration office. Students who are on their fifth work term and who have successfully completed four work reports are not required to submit a fifth work report.
The Program Director of Environment and Business is responsible for ensuring that the work reports are marked promptly and comprehensively. When all work reports have been marked, students will be contacted via e-mail to pick them up. A copy of the evaluation is sent to the Co-operative Education and Career Services department, one stays with the work report to be returned to the student, and one goes in the student file.
In cases where a student has to resubmit a portion of the report, they are only required to do the section that is requested, not re-write the whole report. Once the resubmitted report has been marked, a copy of the evaluation form will be sent to the Co-operative Education and Career Services department; a copy is also put in the student's file.