The University of Waterloo has the largest undergradaute co-op program in the world and is connected to over 4500 employers worldwide. Co-op provides students in an Honours academic plan the ability to combine paid work experiences with academic learning. Effective Fall 2020, co-op is available through the SDS department as its own Honours plan (“HAC”, or Honours Arts Co-op). 

Interested in Co-op?

The Co-op Website is your main source of information for how co-op works at the University of Waterloo. The links below provide more information for students interested in pursuing co-op while majoring in Social Development Studies.


Did you know? Close to 30% of SDS students are employed through the University of Waterloo and/or other post-secondary institutions

Examples of SDS Co-op Position Titles and Workplaces
  • Operations Assistant - RBC Bank
  • Program Support Staff - Wyndham House

  • Educational Assistant - Goodwin Learning Centre

  • Technical Account Coordinator - Bell Media

  • Research Administrative Assistant - St. Michael's Hospital

  • Coordinator, Learning & Leadership Development - Shoppers Drug Mart

  • International Student Experience Assistant - University of Waterloo

  • Community Development Worker - Sustainable Community Aid Network

  • Test Analyst, IT Services - Toronto Transit Commission

  • Camp Coordinator - Family and Children's Services Niagara 

  • Child and Youth Worker - Stratford Children's Services

  • Policy and Research Assistant - Treasury Board Secretariat

  • Social Media and Web Associate - University of Waterloo

  • Graphic Designer - PointClickCare

  • Research Assistant, Digital Innovation & Design - National University of Singapore

As of data collected since 2018


General Information

Finding Work


Undergraduate calendar overview


(and affiliated Help site)

Mental health resources

Roles and responsibilities

How to find your co-op job

Accessibility resources

Important dates

International work terms

Events and workshops


Flex work terms

Co-op and career advisors