GBDA internships are a mandatory graduation milestone, taking place in the spring term following the completion of a student's 3rd year of academic studies. Over the course of 16 weeks (between May 1st and August 31), students will work a 35 to 40 hour week at an approved organization earning an average hourly wage of $20/hr.
*A completed internship milestone on a GBDA student’s academic record will indicate successful completion of this requirement.
Process and Procedure for Students
Cooperative and Experiential Education facilitates the GBDA internship Recruitment Cycle for GBDA students. GBDA students will always participate in the Winter Co-op Recruitment Cycle.
GBDA students will find all internship possibilities in WaterlooWorks and are invited to apply to ALL posted co-operative education jobs as well as jobs posted specifically for GBDA students.
Specifically,WaterlooWorks is the system you will use to:
- Apply to internships
- Get notifications of scheduled interviews
- Get notifications of rankings
- Get notifications of job offers
Internship Process for Spring 2021
Please note that the information below is specific to the Spring 2021 internship term. The information will be regularly updated to reflect changes that may occur due to COVID-19.
1. What are the requirements for my GBDA Internship job?
There is increased flexibility around your Spring 2021 internship. Please review the S21 work term requirements and remember that jobs posted on the “Hire Waterloo Co-op” job board have already been approved for internship credit. Replacing the internship term with coursework is not an option available to GBDA students.
2. Who can I talk to about the Arrange Own Job process?
The team of Career Advisors are available to support you with any co-op related questions. To connect with a Career Advisor, you can:
- Use the blue "Send a message" button located at the top of your dashboard in WaterlooWorks; or
- Attend a virtual co-op consult anytime from 8:30am to 4:30pm ET, Monday through Friday. Co-op consults can be booked via the Centre for Career Action Live Chat or you can call 519-888-4047.
- Find out more about the Arrange Own Job process.
3. I have received a job offer from a company outside of WaterlooWorks. What do I need to do to get it approved for my Spring 2021 internship?
- First, you will want to review the Spring 2021 internship requirements. Once you confirm that the job meets the requirements, submit an Arrange Own Job (AOJ) form on WaterlooWorks. To submit and AOJ form:
- Visit WaterlooWorks > Submit a form > Arrange own job > Select the appropriate sub-category.
- Complete and submit the form with as many details as possible (you'll need to know the job title, start and end date, job description, rate of pay, your supervisor's name/department/contact information, etc.).
- For tips on how to submit forms in WaterlooWorks, visit WaterlooWorks Help.
- Check your AOJ Form's status and wait for our response.
- If you have any questions about your AOJ form, please reach out to the Career Advisors for support.
4. Do all of the jobs in WaterlooWorks count as an internship credit?
- The jobs posted on the “Hire Waterloo Co-op” job board have already been approved for your internship credit. You can also search for jobs on the “Hire Waterloo Other Jobs” board, which include contract, part-time, and seasonal job postings. If you get a job offer through the “Hire Waterloo Other Jobs” board, you will need to submit an AOJ form so that the job can be assessed through our approval process or ensure it fits within the flexible paths available.
5. Should I apply for the same job position at a company externally and through WaterlooWorks?
- To streamline the recruitment process for employers, you should only submit your application through WaterlooWorks. The one exception to this is if the job posting on WaterlooWorks specifically states that the employer would like you to also apply through the company website. If this is the case, a direct URL will be provided in the job posting, so that the employer can track UWaterloo applications.
* GBDA students are expected to follow the Co-op roles & responsibilities
The Student Experience
The Employer Experience
Process and Procedure for Employers
The GBDA Summer Internship Recruitment Process is facilitated by Co-operative and Experiential Education, on the WaterlooWorks platform. GBDA Employers use WaterlooWorks to hire GBDA summer interns in the same way co-op students are hired.