GBDA internships are a mandatory graduate 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 Education and Career Action facilitates the GBDA internship Recruitment Cycle for GBDA students. GBDA students will always participate in the January 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.

Below you will find a list of useful links to help guide you through this process. 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

*GBDA students will abide by the Co-operative Code of Conduct and CECA’s terms and conditions.

Failure to honour any commitment for employment (ex: job matches through WaterlooWorks, previously committed offers of employment, or failing to report to work for an agreed upon employment commitment, etc.) will result in disciplinary action. In such cases (documented extenuating circumstances aside), the University of Waterloo Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business will not grant the mandatory internship milestone for self-arranged jobs or incomplete internships terms. Further to this action, the University of Waterloo will not issue the Co-operative Education Tax Credit to the student's employer. 

The Student Experience

The Employer Experience


Process and Procedure for Employers

As of January 2018, the GBDA Summer Internship Recruitment Process will be facilitated by Co-operative Education, WaterlooWorks. As such, GBDA Employers are now able to use WaterlooWorks to hire GBDA summer interns in the same way they hire co-op students. This means that reviewing resumes, selecting interviewees, ranking and determining a match will all take place through WaterlooWorks.

Moving forward, GBDA recruitment will always be part of the January Co-op Recruitment Cycle as our students are only available during the spring term (May 1st- August 31st).

**When posting your GBDA summer internship, please select (ARTS – Global Business and Digital Arts *** New Academic Cluster ***) to target GBDA students specifically. Co-op students will now be able to apply for jobs posted to GBDA students and conversely, GBDA students will now be able to apply to jobs posted to co-op students.