This fall, 16 post-secondary students from Ontario developed new skills, gained valuable work experience, and made their mark on the once-in-a-lifetime Gordie Howe International Bridge project through a co-op opportunity at Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA). 

Eight new students and eight returning students spent their fall term working side-by-side with WDBA experts and contributed to the project in various departments at WDBA, including communications, engineering, construction, information technology, procurement, and human resources.

WDBA has been offering its co-op program since 2016. To date, 226 students have participated from different postsecondary institutions in Ontario including University of Windsor, University of Waterloo, Western University, and St. Clair College.

WDBA’s co-op program has been recognized by the University of Windsor with the Co-op/Internship Employer of the Year award four consecutive years in a row. The award recognizes organizations who have a long-standing partnership with the co-op office and have created exceptional work-term experiences.

“WDBA’s co-op students continue to bring innovative and unique perspectives to the project,” says Bryce Phillips, WDBA’s CEO. “Students are fully integrated into the team and receive valuable experiences working with our full-time employees through hands-on learning opportunities. The co-op program offered through WDBA introduces students to the project and the corporation while fostering an environment for education and career growth.”