The University of Waterloo's new Strategic Plan has a single goal: to be recognized as one of the top innovation universities in the world. Our Strategic Plan identifies eight themes (areas of strength) for Waterloo — five that form our foundation and three that set us apart from other institutions.
The first area of strength is Experiential Education. The University has a goal to be the world-leading university in co-op education and work integrated learning. Waterloo will make experiential learning (EE) integral to how all students learn. As a requirement of the GBDA program, students complete a paid internship of 12-16 weeks.
All students enrolled in Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) complete a paid internship, one-term co-op of 16 weeks, which will offer you an opportunity to prepare for a career in Global Business and Digital Arts by connecting your academic experience with professional work. 93% of GBDA students secure an internship in digital media. You'll gain on-the-job experience, build your resume, and gain the practical skills employers are looking for.
In addition to helping you prepare for a career, internships can help to:
- Clarify and fine-tune your career goals.
- Test drive your career—making sure it's really a good fit.
- Become more competitive in the job market, with real-world experience.
- Make connections for your eventual full-time job search.
- Refine your job search, interviewing and resume writing skills.
- Get more out of your classes by combining industry experience and education to ask great questions and focus on the most relevant classes.
- Students who have interned typically receive salaries for their first jobs that are 10 percent to 20 percent higher than their non-internship-holding counterparts.
The paid internship, one-term co-op, is scheduled for the spring term following the completion of year three. It is mandatory. A completed internship milestone on a student’s academic record will indicate successful completion of this requirement.
Throughout your GBDA program, you will have the opportunity to develop your employment skills for work readiness. You will take GBDA 301PD which is administered by WatPD. This course takes you through resume and interview preparation as well as job search techniques. This course can be accessed through Learn. This course is mandatory and you must pass. The Center for Career Action, on main campus is available as a resource to you and can help you to learn about career management techniques, educational planning and job search methods, and how to set meaningful and achievable goals.
We will also be running experiential learning workshops, such as Behaviour Based Interviewing, to help you prepare for your interviews.
Please check this space for updates and announcements.
- Access Job Mine beginning late-October. Once in Job Mine select Jobs, then Job Inquiry.
- Choose your term (summer 2017 is 1175).
- Under Discipline 1, choose ARTS-Global Business & Digital Arts.
- Select the jobs you want to apply to.
- Follow directions exactly as they appear in the posting.
- All the required documents MUST be included in ONE PDF application package.
- Documents to be included in the ONE PDF application package are: a customized cover letter, your resume and a full unofficial academic transcript.
- You MUST send a copy of your PDF application package to firstname.lastname@example.org AND the employer.
- GBDA students can apply to ANY "Summer" job posting in Job Mine, not just GBDA postings.
|Process step||Summer 2017 - Recruitment Cycle 2|
|Job deadline/employers||Wed., Jan. 18|
|Postings/Job Mine||Sat., Jan. 21 (7 AM) to Fri., Jan. 27 (11:59 PM)|
|Employer resume review||Mon., Jan. 30 to Fri., Feb. 3|
|Employer interviews||Mon., Feb. 6 to Fri., Feb. 10|
|Employer rankings due||Fri., Feb. 10, by 5 PM|
|Notification||Mon., Feb. 13 to Fri., Feb. 17|
GBDA students have the opportunity to work abroad during their internship. Please review the working abroad section on the Co-operative Education website for more information.
You must have a valid work permit/visa and passport to work abroad. Travel documents take weeks to secure. Please allow yourself enough time. Start early. Some employers sponsor the students they hire by facilitating and paying for the work visa and travel documents through a partner like Cultural Vistas, however many employers do not. Make sure to have the appropriate information needed if you are arranging your own travel documents to the USA. More information is available on the Co-operative Education website if you are interested in finding an international job opportunity.
Pre-departure training sessions are mandatory for all University of Waterloo students working outside of North America. Please ensure you complete the mandatory pre-departure sessions through Learn.
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The paid internship, one-term co-op, is scheduled for the spring term (summer) following the completion of year three. The internship is a maximum of 16 weeks. The market rate for GBDA third year students is on average $20 an hour.
Our students have enjoyed paid internships with some of the world's most successful online businesses, major financial institutions, telecommunications companies, gaming companies, leading integrated marketing and communications agencies, major professional services firms, and more.
Job titles include:
- User Experience Designer
- User Interface Designer
- Visual Designer
- Creative Digital Media Consultant
- Web Developer
- Graphic Designer
- Project Manager
- Digital Communications Consultant
- Marketing Communications Consultant
Our students have been placed all over Canada, in the US, and in Europe.
Paid internships, one-term co-ops, are an emerging form of integrated learning and are supported by provincial tax credits (where applicable). There are other sources of funding available.
The first recruitment cycle is the earliest of the term, October/November time frame. We typically run 2 to 3 Recruitment Cycles. The last formal Recruitment Cycle will be in January. After the formal Recruitment Cycles we are in Continuous Rounds where we post jobs to the students once a week as they come in. We will continue to accept and post jobs until all students are placed.
A typical Recruitment Cycle will run over 4 to 5 weeks. We post the jobs to the students through Job Mine. We allow students a week to apply. Employers then review resumes and short list students for interviews. Interviews take place over a week. Employers and students then rank each other. Offers are made.
Face to face interviews are held at the Stratford Campus. We can arrange for you to interview students on main campus if necessary. Interviews can also be arranged via skype or telephone.
Late hiring can occur up until the middle of June as the minimum term for an internship is 12 weeks. If you decide to hire a student after the beginning of a work term, it may not be too late. We might have students available and still looking for work.
The Stratford Campus has a committed resource to ensure experiential learning is a priority. Please contact Susan Cole, Internship and Experiential Learning Manager, email@example.com or 519 888-4567 x 23012.