Stepping up for co-op students and non-profits

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

The Co-op for Community program allows students to work at charitable organizations

Coworkers put their hands together

The University of Waterloo is known for educating future-ready graduates. Our students have earned a reputation for having the skills, knowledge and experience to add value within their first days on the job. Much of this learning happens on campus, but at Waterloo the learning continues during co-op work terms at leading companies across Canada and around the world.  

Many students spend their co-op work terms at tech firms or corporations. Others make an impact at non-profit organizations, thanks to several co-op programs that fund student work terms at non-profit organizations, like Global Citizen Internships, Co-op for Social Good and the Co-op for Community program.

Co-op for Community is a partnership between United Way Waterloo Region Communities and the University to help United Way-affiliated organizations create meaningful co-op jobs for students from all disciplines. The program depends on donor funding to pay for the co-op positions. Ten thousand dollars covers one four-month co-op work term at United Way.  The program is partially funded through Giving Tuesday donations.  

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