Life as a co-op/intern student at Kinaxis

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Three Kinaxis hockey team members in hockey uniforms standing left to right on the ice: Richard Fan, Jody Hisko and Michael Whitford.
Several Kinaxis employees and Co-Ops/Interns play hockey on the Kodiax, Kinaxis' own team. Left to right, here's Richard Fan, Jody Hisko (Campus Talent Acquisition Associate for Kinaxis) and Michael Whitford on the ice!

What’s it like to work for an innovative, employee-focused, dynamic supply chain software company?

Kinaxis employs a variety of Co-Op/Intern students and each student has their own situations and experiences. 

I spoke with a cross-section of Kinaxis Co-Op/Interns to share some stories from their placements. Read on to find out what our current Co-Op/Intern students have to say!

Richard Fan

Richard is currently working in his second semester in the Upgrades & Migration department.

How would you describe the culture at Kinaxis? There’s a strong sense of community at Kinaxis. Everyone is looking out for each other and it makes you feel like you’re never alone.

What have you learned in your time at Kinaxis? The main thing I have learned would be working with and coordinating with the team. Although there are personal skills I may have developed, I definitely value the connections I have made here at Kinaxis the most.

What are some of the highlights of your experience at Kinaxis? Some of the highlights during my time at Kinaxis would definitely be playing in the weekly hockey game and taking part in the yearly Hackathon. Participating in events like these allows you to meet a lot of different individuals in the organization.

What are some of the projects that you have worked on during your placement? I have been working with customers to upgrade them to the Global Rollout Versions of RapidResponse as well as TestRun, where we compare customer resources before and after Service Updates. Both of these projects are exciting as we are constantly working on improving the process and making new discoveries.

What advice would you give to an incoming Co-Op/Intern? Onboarding might be a lot to take in at first, but you’ll find your way in time so don’t stress about it too much. Never be afraid to ask for help, those on your team or in the organization will gladly lend a hand.

Michael Whitford

Michael is currently working his first of two semesters in the Strategic Innovation department.

How would you describe the culture at Kinaxis? The culture at Kinaxis truly follows one of its core values: People Matter Here. Everyone is more than happy to lend a hand, and there is an excellent work/life balance which is something that helps promote pushing the envelope and innovating when you go to work every morning.

What have you learned in your time at Kinaxis? I have gained such a large variety of skills in my time so far at Kinaxis. Not only have I developed my technical skills as a programmer, working in new languages that I'd never seen before such as C# and XML, but I've also learned so much about the supply chain, and how to take business problems and generate a solution.

What are some of the highlights of your experience at Kinaxis? Beyond the technical aspect of work, one of my highlights has been getting to know my team members around the globe and learning about their different walks of life. My team has members in Mexico, in the United States, and in Canada, including another student who recently moved here from India. It is fascinating to learn a bit about everyone's culture, which also allows the team to have a wide variety of perspectives when tackling issues.

What are some of the projects that you have worked on during your placement? The main project that I've been working on during my placement as a developer for the Innovation Incubator team has been a new tool that is in the works to map dependencies in Rapid Response. There is still a lot of work that must be done manually in Rapid Response, and this will allow us to automate some of those processes to increase efficiency.

What advice would you give to an incoming Co-Op/Intern? My advice for incoming Co-Ops/Interns would be to get to know as many people as you can at Kinaxis, and to just be yourself. There is a reason why you got hired, and it's good to get different perspectives in the company. Everyone's opinion is valued, including yours.

Ready to apply? Here’s how!

If Richard and Michael’s insights and advice sound like the kind of professional experience you’re looking for, be sure to check out our current Co-Op/Intern opportunities right now. Postings for our Fall Semester (September 2022 start) are now available on the Kinaxis Careers page. Check back often, as more roles will be posted in the coming weeks!

All of Kinaxis’ Co-Op/Intern role are posted on our Kinaxis Careers page:

To learn more about the Kinaxis Co-Op/Intern program, please contact me at: or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Next month, we’ll share more experiences of Kinaxis Co-Ops/Interns, so please stay tuned! 

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