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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.


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

Competitive Admission

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)
  • Economics
  • 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).

Automatic Admission

  • BBA Double Degrees (Laurier)
  • Business Technology Management

Mandatory Co-op

  • 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
  • Deloitte
  • Economical Insurance
  • EY Canada
  • FedDev Ontario
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Grant Thornton
  • Hershey Canada
  • IKEA Canada
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KidsAbility
  • Kik Interactive
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • KPMG
  • Linamar
  • Loblaw
  • London Life
  • Manulife Financial
  • Microsoft
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • PepsiCo Canada
  • PwC
  • SAP Canada
  • SC Johnson
  • Scotiabank
  • Sun Life Financial
  • United Way

Co-op Education at Laurier

  • We are home to Canada's largest business degree co-op program.
  • More than 900 employers post 4,900 jobs and schedule 9,000 interviews each year.
  • The employment rate for business and economics co-op is 99.8%.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

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

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