Co-op for Business Administration (BBA) and Economics (BA) Students

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While completing a degree in Business or Economics, your extensive knowledge of business fundamentals, innovative business practices, and case-based learning opportunities will make you an experienced graduate and an asset to the modern industry.

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

How Business and Economics Co-op Works

Co-op gives you the opportunity to develop skills and gain real-world experience while completing paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

You apply for admission to co-op in first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year.

If you are admitted to co-op, you will get assistance with career planning, job search and interview preparation through 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

Co-op students in Business or Economics will complete three four-month work terms, or one work term of eight months and one of four months.

Sample Work/Study Sequence: Business and Economics 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

Work Term 2

Study Term

4

Work Term 3

Study Term

Study Term

 

jobs posted for co-op students

 

average weekly salary for second work terms, winter 2021

 

employment rate for winter 2021

Sample Jobs and Experiences

Sample Placements

Marketing Intern, Henkel Canada Corporation, Mississauga

Lead marketing projects, develop trade strategies and analyze data for all laundry and home-care brands.

Supply Chain Co-op, PepsiCo Canada, Cambridge

Coordinate packaging, implement efficiency initiatives and build scheduling tools.

CPA Co-op, KPMG, Waterloo

Analyze and assess clients’ business processes and internal controls, and recommend areas of improvement.

Human Resources Assistant, Staples Canada, Richmond Hill

Coordinate performance appraisals, maintain a resource library, screen and interview applicants and facilitate orientation sessions.

Sales Analyst, Smucker Foods, Markham

Review competition, coordinate trade show events and mine point-of-sales data to analyze distribution.

IT Co-op, John Deere Canada Financial Inc., Oakville

Analyze and evaluate business practices and information technology processes.

Actuarial Analyst, Retirement Consulting, Aon Canada, Toronto

Provide technical and analytical support, interpret pension plan texts, calculating benefit entitlements and prepare option packages.

Financial Analyst, RBC Capital Markets, Toronto

Perform financial modelling, forecasting and analysis, and participate in research, audits and consulting engagements.


Salary Information

Check out the average weekly salary data for students in Business and Economics co-op programs. This data is available for your reference. Employers decide students’ salaries.

Sample Employers

Accounting and Consulting

  • BDO Canada
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Deloitte
  • EY Canada
  • PwC Canada

Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Hershey Canada Inc.
  • IKEA Canada
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Revlon Canada
  • Unilever Canada

Financial Services

  • AGF Management
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Burgundy Asset Management
  • Fidelity Investments Canada
  • Gluskin Sheff + Associates
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • TD Securities

Government

  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Federal Economic Development
  • Statistics Canada
  • Treasury Board Secretariat

Insurance and Actuary

  • Economical Insurance
  • Equitable Life of Canada
  • Manulife Financial
  • Sun life Financial
  • The Co-operators

Automotive

  • Hyundai Auto Canada
  • Nissan Canada
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Telecommunications and Technology

  • Axonify
  • BlackBerry
  • IBM Canada
  • Samsung Electronics Canada

“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?

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