Marketing Assistant Co-op Hannah Hill standing at marketing booth

Social media savvy: Velocity Marketing Assistant Co-op

Every term, Velocity hires three co-op students to do key work on the marketing, programs, and science teams. If you are a University of Waterloo student, consider applying for the positions through WaterlooWorks for the upcoming Fall 2017 term. This blog post is one of three in a series where past Velocity co-op students reflect on their experiences working in this one-of-a-kind workplace.

Hannah Hill, an Environment and Business student, completed her first co-op term at Velocity as the Marketing Assistant in Winter 2017. When first exploring post secondary schools, Hannah decided on the University of Waterloo, not only for the co-op experience, which provides real world work experience on her resume, but also because of Velocity’s entrepreneurship programs.

As Velocity’s Marketing Assistant, Hannah got a ground floor look at the world of entrepreneurship. She spent her days at Velocity interviewing startup founders for blog posts, creating newsletters, supporting pitch competitions, spreading the word about Velocity on-campus while boothing, and overseeing Velocity’s social media accounts (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat). Not only did this role give Hannah the opportunity to explore marketing work in depth, it also allowed her to explore the world of entrepreneurship, without starting her own business. Reflecting on her work term, Hannah said she had too many great memories at the Velocity Garage startup incubator to count.

“From the very first day of Bootcamp, a week of awesome programming at the Velocity Residence, I was immersed in the Velocity culture and loved every second of it. I even met Justin Trudeau one day when he was at the Tannery building for a visit!” – Hannah Hill, Velocity Marketing Assistant W17

Marketing Assistant Hannah Hill's selfie with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Hannah with Prime Minister Trudeau while he was touring Waterloo Region.

Hannah recommends this role for anyone on campus who wants to learn more about marketing and entrepreneurship, and wants an interesting co-op placement. Through Hannah’s four-month placement at Velocity, she also secured volunteer marketing opportunities with some of the startups in the program, including Marlena Books, a startup that develops therapeutic recreation products for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. She is excited to keep volunteering out of the Velocity Garage in downtown Kitchener for the summer term and continue to be a part of the community.

If you are a current University of Waterloo student and are interested in a unique opportunity, apply to the Marketing Assistant co-op posting on WaterlooWorks for your next work term!