The University of Waterloo has the largest 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.


Previous SDS co-op students have had roles like:

  • 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

  • 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

  • Teaching Assistant - University of Waterloo

  • Graphic Designer - PointClickCare

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

See more examples of co-op positions on the Arts Co-op Website.
For more information on expectations across standard and flexible work terms, please visit the Co-op Roles and Responsibilities website.


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