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“I chose to apply for a co-op at Burnside because I knew that it would provide me with a valuable, hands on experience where I could apply what I learned in school into real situations. During my first week, I knew it was a place where I would be constantly learning and gaining excellent work experience. I worked on multiple projects, communicated with fellow staff daily, shared ideas and made lasting connections.

“The people here really are what make the difference and I would recommend any student or recent grad to apply to role at Burnside, and you will see that the difference is their people.”

Rachel Lesperance – Human Resources Co-op Student

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.

At Burnside you will:

  • 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 and 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

Submit your application here 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.


Co-op Connections

With many of our staff having started their careers as co-op students. Learn firsthand how past co-op students mentor new ones – Click here for full article. Daniel Koetsier sums up Burnside’s approach by noting “When you challenge co-op students and view them as an investment, you’re going to get a more loyal employee that has experience and knowledge”.


Real World Experience

“While working for Burnside, I gained invaluable experience which will assist me in school and in my future career. I was able to apply concepts learned in university to solve real world engineering problems. Being an environmental engineering student, I have a strong interest in water and wastewater projects. While supporting Burnside’s team of professional engineers on the design and construction administration of these projects, everyone took the time to teach me and ensure I learned and understood everything. Furthermore, I was exposed to a variety of engineering disciplines which allowed me to expand my knowledge outside of my university program. It was also interesting to assist in writing community development plans for multiple First Nations across Canada.

“Burnside allows co-op students to have unique learning experiences unlike any other employer. I was given many responsibilities in the office, and Matt also took me to a First Nations community in Alberta for 2 weeks in order to gain experience on site, at one of our water system infrastructure projects. It was inspiring to know that we were helping this community and its members to receive safe drinking water for the next few decades. It was very fulfilling to see that our hard work was making a difference in people’s lives. It was also fascinating to see the construction of this project in person after previously looking at the drawings and design. This was an unforgettable experience in which I learned so much, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity.

“Burnside’s motto is ‘The Difference is Our People.’ This is very evident with how they treat their employees and co-op students. I would recommend any student or recent graduate apply for a position at Burnside, as they are a first class engineering company with an incredible team of professionals. Matt and his team made me feel at home and provided me with a phenomenal co-op term.”

Gary Voorthuyzen – Winter 2017 Student
University of Waterloo, 3A Environmental Engineering


We are 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.

For more information please visit our Equality and Accessibility page.


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