Co-op opportunities at Burnside provide you with a taste of what work will be like when you graduate, and allow you to decide if you have chosen the right career path.

Each year, Burnside provides co-op and summer employment opportunities for college and university students.  Opportunities are available in most of our offices throughout the year, depending on the work term and our project needs.

Many of our students return for more than one work term, and join our staff full time when they graduate.

Gain relevant experience in your field of study.

You will be integrated with our project teams and encouraged to bring fresh ideas to the table.  We will provide you with all the support you need.  Our staff are friendly – and we have an inclusive environment where you will feel valued.

  • Work alongside professionals in the field
  • Apply the theories and approaches you have learned at school
  • Hands-on, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • A competitive edge against other candidates upon graduation
  • Build business contacts in the industry
  • Improve time management, organization & communication skills
  • Competitive salary
  • Potential full-time employment when you graduate
  • Extremely high work term satisfaction rates from past students
  • Work in the office and in the field
  • Smaller firm with the opportunity to work in many different disciplines (in different office locations)

Become part of the team.

You can apply directly for student opportunities via our website by clicking on the “Find your CAREER” button below or submit your application here.

You can submit a general application for any of the following upcoming work terms:

  • Winter Term – January to April
  • Summer Term – May to August
  • Fall Term – September to December

Please ensure to include which work term you are interested in and if you have a preference for a specific office or offices.

A truly Canadian co-op experience.

During his first co-op work term with R.J. Burnside, a Canadian engineering and environment consultant firm, Grant Mitchell traveled to northwestern Alberta to meet with a First Nations community. It turned out that Mitchell’s first co-op experience would involve working on a truly Canadian project: building an indoor hockey rink.

“There’s not much to do out there because it’s so far north,” said Mitchell, who is enroled in Geological Engineering at Waterloo. “They only have an outdoor hockey rink, so they were looking to get an indoor rink to play hockey more often. It’s things like that – little things that we take for granted that the communities out there don’t have – that’s what we were trying to bring.”

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We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.

Burnside is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Burnside will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the entire recruitment, assessment and selection process, as required. If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation during these processes, please contact our human resources department.


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