What is co-op?
Co-operative education, a form of work-integrated learning, is a model of education that integrates and alternates a student’s academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to the student’s academic and personal goals. The Co-op Office approves jobs that will provide students with the opportunity to learn while performing productive work. Employers supervise co-op students and evaluate their performance, and co-op co-ordinators monitor students’ progress on the job. Students are paid by their employers.
Why students choose Laurier for 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 business, economics 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 Laurier co-op students 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 co-ordinators 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 Option.)
What students and alumni say about their co-op experience: