CO-OP Student of the Month of July 2018
During my first CO-OP placement, I worked in a law firm as an executive assistant and legal clerk, even though at uOttawa I had only studied medieval and early modern examples of law. At Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers, I was able to learn more about Canada’s modern legal process while honing my writing skills. I had the opportunity to draft documents that eventually will make their way to the Ontario Small Claims Court. Additionally, I analyzed files and created briefs that lawyers would use in court. I gained a lot of valuable experience in applying communication and analytical skills that are useful in the field of history.
I received word of my second placement while in the midst of applying for CO-OP. One of the employers recognized my application from the first time I had applied for a CO-OP position and directly offered me a placement as a uOttawa research assistant. There I was able to work directly in my field, conducting research on the economy of Quebec in the 1800s, as well as on women’s involvement in business in Paris, France in the 1800s. I was thrilled to work in a bilingual position that allowed me to gain hands-on experience in conducting historical research with primary sources.
I am excited to soon start my third work term, this time with Parks Canada. I cannot wait to be part of the amazing team that works on the “This Week in History” blog. The CO-OP team helped me during the interview period and guided me through the ranking process. CO-OP allows you to gain valuable experience in your field of study and the opportunity to reach out and try new things. It also gives you a chance to step out of your comfort zone and try a new position each work term. I highly recommend going for something different each time and earning valuable experience that can be applied to your field of study.