Co-op for Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science (BA and BSc) Students

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Co-op is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop skills and gain real-world experience in the career path of your interest. Co-op students gain a competitive advantage over other applicants by completing modules and assignments focused on cover letter and resume writing, as well as mock interviews, within the required Fundamentals of Co-operative Education course.

During your co-op placements, you'll learn to challenge assumptions, communicate effectively, think critically and work cooperatively.

How Arts and Science Co-op Works

The faculties of Arts and Science co-op programs consist of two paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks and enrolment in the Fundamentals of Co-operative Education course. You will then apply to job postings and attend interviews.

Learn more about applying to co-op.

Course Sequencing

The Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science co-op programs include work terms in the spring after your second and third years of study.

Work/Study Sequence: Arts and Science Co-op

Year 

Fall (September to December)

Winter (January to April)

Spring (May to August)

1

Study Term

Study Term

Break

2

Study Term

Study Term

Work Term 1

3

Study Term

Study Term

Work Term 2

4

Study Term

Study Term

Break

Students in Computer Science (BSc), Honours Science (BSc), and Data Science (BSc) will have three work terms starting in third year.

Work/Study Sequence: Special Science Programs Co-op

Year 

Fall (September to December)

Winter (January to April)

Spring (May to August)

1

Study Term

Study Term

Break

2

Study Term

Study Term

Study Term

3

Work Term 1

Study Term

Work Term 2

4

Study Term

Work Term 3

Study Term

 

jobs posted for co-op students

 

average weekly salary for spring 2021

 

employment rate for spring 2021

Sample Jobs and Experiences

Marketing and Communications Co-op, Fairventures, Kitchener

Gather technical information. Write and edit high-quality technical product documentation.

Cataloguer, Muskoka Lakes Museum, Port Carling

Photograph and catalogue artifacts in the museum’s collection. Cross-check records and inventories.

Underwriting Analyst, AIG Canada, Toronto

Analyze financial statements, asset with quote generation. Complete rating for exposure of pricing for underwriters.

Landscape Design Student, Region of Peel, Mississauga

Perform site analysis. Provide eco-friendly landscape designs and horticulture suggestions to residents.

Wellness Centre Student, Parkwood Suites, Waterloo

Assist residents with their physiotherapy programs and participate in planning games, fitness classes, and walking groups.

Technical Writer, Ericsson Canada, Mississauga

Gather technical information. Write and edit high-quality technical product documentation.

Agriventure Counsellor, Steckle Heritage Farm, Kitchener

Plan, organize and lead educational and recreational activities. Communicate with parents about their children’s experiences.

Events and Social Media Coordinator, Reception House Waterloo Region, Kitchener

Promote fundraising and refugee awareness events by developing online and print marketing materials, and oversee event logistics.

Volunteer Managing Coordinator, Georgian Bay Folk Society, Owen Sound

Develop policies for screening volunteers, identify risk management strategies and deliver training sessions.

Occupational Health and Safety Co-op Student, RIMOWA North America, Cambridge

Implement height-adjustable workstations, complete cost-benefit analysis for localized exhaust ventilation systems and recommend corrective actions for the ergonomic hazards involved with stacking goods.

Sample Employers

  • City of Kitchener
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • KidsAbility
  • KW Habilitation
  • Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • TD Bank Group
  • United Way Waterloo Region Communities

Salary Information

Check out the average weekly salary data for students in Faculty of Arts co-ops and Faculty of Science co-ops. This data is available for your reference. Employers decide students’ salaries.

“Our co-op program is very strong. Laurier students are talented and have a reputation for being flexible and motivated. It’s a strong track record, and the word gets out."

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.