Co-op education is a paid work-experience program that integrates your academic learning with practical experience.
You have the chance to explore different career options, develop marketable skills for the future, earn money and expand your network of mentors and potential employers.
Not only will you graduate with relevant work experience on your resumé, you’ll also be prepared to pursue diverse positions and career paths.
How Co-op Works
You have two to four co-op work terms, depending on your program.
- Co-op terms are 12 to 16 weeks on average.
- Co-op staff at Laurier support you throughout the process and assist with your 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
Apply after you begin your studies at Laurier. Admission is based on grades, work experience, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and an interview, for the following programs:
- Business Administration (BBA)
- All Faculty of Arts* (Waterloo Campus)
- All Faculty of Science (Waterloo Campus)
- User Experience Design
*Excluding International Education Studies and LLB (Sussex) and BA (Laurier).
- BBA Double Degrees (Laurier)
- Business Technology Management
- BBA Double Degrees (with the University of Waterloo)
How Much You Can Earn
Your co-op salary will vary depending on your program and the location and industry in which you work.
Average Weekly Salary
- Arts and Science: $569
- Business and Economics: $693-$821
Sample Co-op Employers
- BDO Canada
- BMO Bank of Montreal
- ConAgra Brands
- Economical Insurance
- EY Canada
- FedDev Ontario
- Fidelity Investments
- Grant Thornton
- Hershey Canada
- IKEA Canada
- Johnson & Johnson
- Kik Interactive
- London Life
- Manulife Financial
- Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
- PepsiCo Canada
- SAP Canada
- SC Johnson
- Sun Life Financial
- United Way