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Join us at Laurier

Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Experience Matters

The world is constantly changing and you need to be ready for what’s around the corner. Apply your skills, passion and education to a real-world setting through co-op. Leave a lasting impact while creating connections that lead to rewarding results.

You’ll graduate with a competitive edge and practical work experience on your resumé, and be on your way to achieving success in whatever you choose to do next.

Why Co-op?

  • Develop skills and gain real-world experience.
  • Explore your interests by working in different industries and positions.
  • Earn money to help cover your expenses.
  • Grow your professional network.


How Co-op Works

  • Get paid while working for an employer for 12 to 16 weeks, on average.
  • Alternate school and co-op work terms, typically working two, three or four co-op work terms throughout your program.
  • Get assistance with career planning, job search and interview preparation.
  • Apply to co-op job postings and attend interviews.
  • Learn about business conduct and meeting employer expectations.
  • Reflect on your learning through performance evaluations and work term reports.

Competitive Admission

Students in the following programs apply to co-op after first year. Admission is based on grades, work experience, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and an interview with the Co-op Office.

  • Business Administration (BBA)
  • Economics
  • All programs in the Faculty of Arts (excluding International Education Studies)
  • All programs in the Faculty of Science
  • User Experience Design

Automatic Admission

Students in the following programs are automatically offered entry into co-op and register at the end of their first year.

  • Business and Computer Science (Laurier) double degree
  • Business and Financial Mathematics double degree
  • Business Technology Management

Mandatory Co-op

Students in the following programs must participate in co-op as part of their degree requirements.

  • Business and Mathematics double degree with University of Waterloo
  • Business and Computer Science double degree with University of Waterloo

Average Weekly Salary

Note: Varies based on program, industry and location.

  • Arts and Science programs: $622
  • Business and Economics programs: $718–$867


Sample Co-op Jobs

  • eCommerce Assistant Product Manager, Staples Canada
  • Communications Assistant, Indigenous Services Canada
  • Customer Marketing Assistant, Bayer Group
  • Global Investment Banking Co-op Analyst, RBC Capital Markets
  • Historical Interpreter, Waterloo Region Museum
  • Internal Auditor, ATS Automation
  • Recreation and Leisure Support Worker, The Safehaven Project for Community Living
  • Sales Analyst, Smucker Foods of Canada
  • Staff Accountant, Deloitte
  • Software Developer, The Co-operators

Programs Are Eligible for Co-op

Check your program to see if co-op is available.

Where Are Our Co-op Students Working?

Automotive and Manufacturing

  • John Deere Canada Financial Inc.
  • Linamar Corporation
  • Nissan Canada
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing
  • Yamaha Motor Canada

Community Services and Government

  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • KidsAbility
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • SickKids Foundation
  • YMCA Canada

Consumer Packaged Goods

  • IKEA Canada
  • Kimberly-Clark Inc.
  • Loblaw Companies Ltd.
  • PepsiCo Canada
  • SC Johnson Canada

CPA and Consulting

  • BDO Canada LLP
  • EY Canada
  • KPMG
  • Mercer Canada
  • PwC Canada

Financial Services and Insurance

  • BMO Capital Markets
  • CIBC
  • Economical Insurance
  • Manulife Financial
  • Sun Life Financial

Technology and Telecommunications

  • Axonify
  • Miovision
  • Samsung Electronics Canada
  • Shopify
  • Vidyard

Job Postings

Laurier is home to Canada’s largest business degree co-op program. 98.3% of Business and Economics co-op students had jobs in 2020/21.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 548.889.8888
F: 519.884.0618


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