From January to April 2024, 22 students participated in a co-op term across various Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) departments including communications, engineering, construction, information technology and environmental management. 

Not only did the students complete work for a legacy infrastructure project connecting Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, they also developed valuable skills and tools to equip them for the next stage in their lives and careers. 

“We are proud to offer students this once-in-a-lifetime professional development opportunity,” says Elliott Duda, WDBA’s Human Resources Business Partner. “Students are fully integrated into the team and are encouraged to share unique perspectives while receiving real-world experience working with our full-time employees through hands-on learning opportunities, fostering an environment for education and career growth.”

Since 2016, WDBA's co-op program has hosted 232 students. Many of the students have returned for second and third terms while others have been hired as full-time employees. 

WDBA hosts co-op students from across Ontario through strong partnerships with the University of Windsor, the University of Waterloo, Western University and St. Clair College.

The University of Windsor has recognized WDBA's commitment to nurturing young talent with its Co-op/Internship Employer of the Year Award, an achievement WDBA has received for four consecutive years.

“This award is a testament to the organization's dedication to providing exceptional learning and career development opportunities for young professionals,” adds Duda.