"Co-op gave me the opportunity to work on projects and assignments that are in my field of study. Since returning to the classroom, I have been able to apply the problem-solving and critical thinking skills I gained as a Student GIS Technician with the Region of Waterloo. The work term confirmed my desire to continue studying geography and to pursue a job in my field once I graduate."
Brayden Libawski, Geography, Class of 2015
"My co-op position as a Research Assistant at Laurier with Professor Wartak helped me to put into practice the concepts I have been taught in physics, math and computer for the past two years. While involved with a team in modeling of semiconductor optical amplifiers using the transmission-line method, I learned valuable programming specific skills, as well as research, documentation and inquiry methods that will help me as a student and in my future career. The hands-on approach of my team-mates has made me learn more about my own capabilities in this rapidly growing field."
Alkris Warren, Photonics, Class of 2015
My co-op position as a Resources Planning Assistant with the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority helped clarify my goals and interests. While creating a digital representation of each land-use project and mapping each location, I learned how soil moisture, type, elevation and distance from a floodplain or watercourse play key roles in the suitability for land use.”
Alyson Smith, Geography, Class of 2011
“Spending two work terms in the Fitness and Health Promotion Department at Baycrest has reinforced my intention to specialize in occupational therapy for the geriatric population. I taught water exercises, developed fitness incentive programs and shared health information.”
Stephanie Mocherniak, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Class of 2010
"My co-op experience as a Financial Analyst with ConAgra Foods Canada made me realize that the type of work you get to do is directly proportional to the effort you make. Most of the work I did was special-project based, so it required independent thinking, and an understanding of how to gather information effectively and present it in an easy-to-understand framework."
Prashant Khorana, Mathematics, Class of 2011
“Working as a Marketing Intern for Smucker Foods of Canada exposed me to all facets of the consumer packaged goods industry. I participated in strategic brand development and creative promotions, including TV commercials and recipe booklets. I now plan to pursue a career in marketing, because it combines creativity with business.”
Jennifer Dillon, Arts Co-op, Class of 2010