“I'm impressed with the caliber of students. My interactions with the co-op office have always been positive.”

Dr. Andy Tallevi | GlaxoSmithKline

"Experiential learning is vital in today’s rapidly changing economy. Exposure to entrepreneurship offers a fantastic development opportunity."

Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

"With regards to my placement, I had a wonderful time and learned a lot. Signing up for the Extern Job Shadowing program was one of the best decisions I have made so far during my undergraduate journey."

Student at UTM

“I never imagined I would have the opportunities I have had since graduating and that I would make partner at a firm I highly respect."

Kakaria, on becoming firm partner

“My academic focus was community development and neighborhood resilience. Now, I’m working in that very field and loving it.”

Erin Kang, alumna

"I got a better understanding of the financial planning activity as well as the way to access the employment opportunities related to finance. I observed the work environment and the dynamics between employees and clients that was invaluable for exploring my career interest. The most beneficial part was that I had the chance to learn what it means to work in Financial Services and what skills are necessary in order to succeed.”

2nd year student: Specialist in Finance and Major in Economics

"Hiring co-op students helps to foster that philosophy by exposing the firm to a variety of young professionals and potential employees."

Debra Kakaria, Waterloo Co-op Student

"These experiential learning courses help our students develop the valuable practical skills that many employers are seeking and help position these students to actively contribute to our highly skilled, 21st century global economy."

Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

"These initiatives are an excellent opportunity for students to get an early experience of what higher education is all about."

David Agnew, President, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

"The placement clarified some misconceptions of the job description that I had heard. It gave me a sense of direction, a timeline for me to follow should I really want to pursue genetic counselling as a career. I gathered contacts of other genetic counselors should I have questions about admissions into the master's program at different schools. I now know what exactly I would get myself into should I choose to pursue this career. Thank you very much for this opportunity. Ms. Haroun was really friendly and she gave me contacts to places I can volunteer in to gain experience before applying to the master's in genetic counselling program. The experience was very helpful."