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Join us at Laurier

Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


The world is constantly changing and you need to be ready for what’s around the corner.  Through paid co-op work experiences, you can apply your skills, passion and education to a real-world setting, leaving a lasting impact while creating connections that lead to rewarding results. You’ll graduate with a competitive edge, practical work experience on your resumé and be on your way to creating a meaningful difference in whatever you choose to do.

Why Co-op?

  • Develop skills and gain real-world experience.
  • Explore your interests by working in different industries and positions.
  • Earn money to help cover your expenses.
  • Grow your professional network.
  • Be ready to apply your skills to whatever you pursue after you graduate.

How Co-op Works

  • Get paid while working for an employer for 12 to 16 weeks, on average.
  • Work during two to four co-op terms, depending on your program.
  • Be supported by co-op staff who will assist you with career planning, job search and interview preparation.
  • Apply to co-op job postings and attend interviews when selected by employers.
  • Learn about business conduct and meeting employer expectations.
  • Reflect on your learning through performance evaluations and work term reports.

How to Enrol in Co-op

Check your program descriptions to see if co-op is available.

Competitive Admission

Apply after first year. We base admission on grades, work experience, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and an interview with the Co-op Office.

  • Waterloo:
    • Business Administration (BBA)
    • Economics
    • All Faculty of Arts (excluding International Education Studies)
    • All Faculty of Science
  • Brantford:
    • User Experience Design

Automatic Admission

Students are automatically eligible for co-op and register at the end of their first year.

  • Waterloo:
    • BBA Double Degrees (with Laurier)
  • Brantford:
    • Business Technology Management

Mandatory Co-op

Students must participate in co-op as part of their degree requirements.

  • Waterloo:
    • BBA Double Degrees (with the University of Waterloo)

Sample Co-op Jobs

  • E-commerce Assistant Product Manager, Staples Canada, Richmond Hill
  • Communications Assistant, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Customer Marketing, Bayer Group, Toronto
  • Global Investment Banking Co-op Analyst, RBC Capital Markets, Toronto
  • Historical Interpreter, Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener
  • Internal Auditor, ATS Automation, Cambridge
  • Recreation and Leisure Support Worker, The Safehaven Project for Community Living, Toronto
  • Sales Analyst, Smucker Foods, Markham
  • Staff Accountant, Deloitte, Toronto
  • Software Developer, The Co-operators, Kitchener

Where Are Our Co-op Students Working?

CPA / Consulting

  • BDO Canada LLP
  • Boston Consulting
  • EY Canada
  • KPMG
  • MNP LLP
  • Mercer Canada
  • PwC LLP

Community Services / Government

  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • FedDev Ontario
  • KidsAbility
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
  • Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
  • SickKids Foundation
  • United Way Waterloo Region Communities
  • YMCA Canada

Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Campbell Company of Canada
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Henkel Canada
  • IKEA Canada
  • Kimberly-Clark Inc.
  • Loblaw Companies Ltd.
  • PepsiCo Canada
  • SC Johnson Canada

Financial Services / Insurance

  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Brookfield Financial
  • CIBC
  • Economical Insurance
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Manulife Financial
  • OMERS
  • Sun Life Financial

Technology / Telecommunications

  • Axonify
  • IBM Canada
  • Miovision Technologies
  • Primus
  • SAP Canada
  • Samsung Canada
  • Shopify Inc.
  • Vidyard

Automotive / Manufacturing

  • John Deere
  • Linamar Corporation
  • Mercedes-Benz Financial
  • Magna International
  • Nissan Canada
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing
  • Yamaha Motor Canada

Co-op Education at Laurier

  • Explore careers, develop skills and earn money
  • 930 co-op employers
  • 5,590 job postings
  • 99.8% of Business and Economics co-op students had jobs in fall 2018/winter 2019
  • Home to Canada’s largest business degree co-op program

Average Weekly Salary (varies based on program, industry and location):

  • Arts and Science programs, $622
  • Business and Economics programs, $718–$867
More than 60 programs are eligible for co-op!

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

E: chooselaurier@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

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