The University of Waterloo (UofW) operates the largest post secondary co-op program of its kind in the world. Each year, over 19,000 UofW co-op students enroll over three semesters in 120+ programs hired by more than 6,300 employers. Co-operative education (Co-op) combines academic studies with work experience.
Co-op allows students to gain up to two years of relevant work experience. Academic terms alternate with work terms forming study/work sequences. Co-operative Education & Career Action (CECA) manages the co-operative education system and career-related services for UofW.
CECA staff liaise with students, employers, alumni, and UofW faculties and departments to promote and facilitate employment opportunities.