Student Experiences

HIRED Campaign

The HIRED Campaign is our way of showcasing successful co-op students who have received placements. Once students have secured employment they will be emailed an attachment of our current HIRED promotional poster to take a photo with. These photos will then be showcased here on the website so future students can see and read about your success! 

Student Experience Stories

Hear from your fellow Lakehead students about their co-op experiences! 

Allison Shortreed, Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology
Lakehead University Co-operative Education

St. Joseph's Care Group (Summer 2020)

I had the opportunity to work at St. Joseph's Hospital through the Kinesiology Co-op program from May to August of 2020. I was offered a placement at St. Joseph's Hospital in the Orthopedic Rehabilitation unit as a Rehabilitation Assistant. On the unit, I was mentored by an excellent team of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. I guided patients through their rehabilitation exercises and functional therapy programs. I had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of patients with different therapy needs. I mainly provided therapy for individuals recovering from hip or knee surgery. However, I also had the opportunity to work with individuals recovering from spinal cord injury, fractures, generalized deconditioning, neurological disease, and stroke. I also gained experience performing power chair assessments, balance assessments, ADL training and aided those with neurological impairments in completing their hand therapy to improve their fine motor skills. This placement gave me great exposure to the potential career paths I can take once I complete my undergraduate program. I found joy in meeting patients with the willpower and mental strength to battle various physical or cognitive impairments. It was so inspirational to see the perseverance that patients exhibit to regain their independence. This placement also gave me the ability to work in a collaborative interprofessional team. My colleagues were very knowledgeable and continually helped me facilitate my learning. After my co-op placement, I was hired for a position on the same unit from September to February of this year. I am so happy I chose to complete a co-op placement. It has truly helped me build my interprofessional skills and gain practical work experience.

Priyanka Patel, Masters of Science (Computer Science)
 Blackberry (Winter 2020)Priyanka
Harsh Khilani, Masters of Science (Computer Science)

Harsh Khilani

Royal Bank of Canada (Winter and Summer 2020)

I was part of the cyber control assurance team. The responsibility of the team is to provide risk insights to support technology resilience and control assurance with RBC internal applications and third parties working with RBC. The objective of the team is to detect, identify and report risk with RBC internal hosted applications. A detailed description of my role would be to conduct assessments which consist of a detailed review of the business requirements, design, architecture, processes to ensure security controls of the application align with the policies and standards of the Royal Bank of Canada. The purpose to conduct the assessment is to gather IT risk specific information, verify and validate that required application controls are in place. This ensures that RBC data remains protected.

Here are a few achievements I would like to list from my co-op experience

  • In depth knowledge of risk, application security, technologies like operating system, database, middleware, servers and programming languages.
  • Performed application control assessments to ensure security measures of the applications are in place according to RBC standards. Minimize and identify control gaps and provide feedback to application custodian to complete the questionnaire accurately.
  • Providing the final approval on application control assessments after confirming no controls gaps are identified. Review and provide concurrence on draft findings.
  • Supported continuous process improvements to improve the quality of assessments.
  • Gained soft skills such as communication of risks to technical and non-technical groups, teamwork, collaboration across multiple groups and persuasion skills.
Venkata Saideep Nagulapati, Master of Science (Computer Science)
VenkataMinistry of Education (Fall 2020)
Sai Rohit Rapelli, Master of Science (Computer Science)