Co-operative education, a form of work-integrated learning, is a model of education that integrates and alternates your academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to your academic and personal goals. The Co-op Office approves jobs that will provide you with the opportunity to learn while performing productive work. Employers supervise you and evaluate your performance, and co-op coordinators monitor your progress on the job. Students are paid by their employers.
Reasons to Choose Co-op
- A way to integrate academic studies with practical experience.
- An opportunity to gain marketable skills.
- The consistently high employment rate.
- A chance to clarify career goals.
- Valuable contacts.
- Personal assistance with their employment search.
- A salary to help defray costs.
We support participants in their career planning, job search efforts and preparation for interviews through workshops and individual attention. (Undergraduate students in arts, business, economics, science and double degree programs complete a co-op fundamentals course.) We market the program to employers, advertise positions to students, process applications and schedule interviews.
Most co-op students at Laurier obtain positions in Toronto, the Kitchener-Waterloo area, and other cities in Ontario, but are willing to work anywhere in Canada. Some students find co-op employment overseas.
We provide advice on successful business conduct and instruction on writing work term reports. Co-op coordinators conduct work term visits to assess whether the expectations of students and employers are being met.
Supervisors complete a written performance review at the end of each work term, while students submit reports discussing their work term experience. (Undergraduate students in Business, Economics, BTM and double degree programs must obtain a rating of at least satisfactory on each work term report and on each performance evaluation to receive academic credit and to obtain the Co-op designation.)