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There are many different ways to work with students at our local post-secondary schools! Post-secondary school representatives can help your business identify what type of opportunity may work best for your organization, ensuring that you are working with the right student to support your needs. Below is a list of some of the WIL options that are available at the local post-secondary schools, with the relevant contact information provided. For any that catch your eye we encourage you to reach out to learn about these and other available WIL options!

Contact us with any questions you may have about connecting with a post-secondary school.

Conestoga College Contacts

According to CEWIL Canada, Field Placements are defined as intensive short-term experiences that expose students to authentic work activities in a setting that is relevant to their program of study. Most often Field Placements are unpaid and can vary in length, but typically take place over weeks not months. Conestoga College offers a variety of Field Placement opportunities for businesses to engage with students. Some programs that offer Field Placements include: Advertising and Marketing Communications, Public Relations, Office Administration, Journalism, Interactive Media Management – Interaction Design (IMMID), Visual Merchandising Arts, Animation and Motion Graphics, Broadcast Television and Independent Production, and more!

Field Placement Contact: WILSupportServices@conestogac.on.ca

Co-operative Education (co-op) experiences are typically 4-8 months in duration and are paid. Co-op gives students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they learn during their academic terms. Co-op allows businesses to fill short-term staffing needs and create a strong talent pipeline. Grants and wage subsidies exist to help businesses with the cost of hiring students.

Conestoga College offers a variety of programs with co-op opportunities including: Culinary Management, Business Administration, Electronics Engineering, Health Information Science, Computer Science, Welding, Interior Design, and more!

Co-operative Education Contact: co-op@conestogac.on.ca

University of Waterloo Contacts

Students in EDGE are University of Waterloo undergraduate students in regular (non-co-operative) programs who are actively developing key professional skills, exploring their career options, and learning how to market themselves to employers. Students in EDGE come from a variety of programs and faculties including Math, Science, Environment, Health and Arts. Students participating in EDGE complete three required work/community experience milestones. Students seek paid or volunteer experiences to count towards each milestone. While participating experiences students engage in a professional development course to support their learning and engagement. An EDGE experience can be flexible in duration, but must be at least 36 hours over a semester.

EDGE Contact: edge@uwaterloo.ca

Co-operative Education (co-op) experiences are typically 4-8 months in duration and are paid. Co-op gives students the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge they learn during their academic terms. Co-op allows businesses to fill short-term staffing needs and create a strong talent pipeline. Grants and wage subsidies exist to help businesses with the cost of hiring students. The University of Waterloo offers a variety of programs with co-op opportunities.

Co-operative Education Contact: hire.talent@uwaterloo.ca

Wilfrid Laurier University Contacts

Wilfrid Laurier University offers a variety of opportunities for businesses to collaborate with students for course-based projects to address their organizational challenges. After providing a class with information about your organization, the students will address the challenges you’ve outlined using the course concepts they’re learning throughout the semester. Students will then offer analysis and recommendations that your organization can choose to implement. These opportunities are generally free to partner with. Some examples include in-class projects like Technology and Innovation Management, Marketing and Society, Marketing and Social Networks, and more. Other models of engagement include practicums, community-service learning, and internships.

Community and Workplace Partnerships Contact: cwpartnerships@wlu.ca

Co-operative Education (co-op) experiences are typically 4-8 months in duration and are paid. Co-op gives students the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge they learn during their academic terms. Co-op allows businesses to fill short-term staffing needs and create a strong talent pipeline. Grants and wage subsidies exist to help businesses with the cost of hiring students. Wilfrid Laurier University offers many different programs that offer co-op opportunities.

Co-operative Education Contact: lauriercoop@wlu.ca or by phone (519) 884-0710 x4484

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Career Development Centre offers comprehensive recruiting services to businesses looking to work with students. They can help you with posting non-co-op job and volunteer opportunities, recruitment strategy, enhancing your campus presence, and understanding¬† best practices for working with students.

Career Development Centre Contact: Lisa Favero, Employer Relations & Recruitment Manager
lfavero@wlu.ca

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