An Internship is an academic course that provides students with hands-on learning in a workplace setting. Responsibilities and goals are mutually agreed upon by the student and the employer supervisor, and approved by a faculty supervisor. Students complete at least 120 work hours (paid or unpaid) during one academic term, along with additional academic requirements, such as journals and reports.
Benefits to Students
Develop a professional identity
- Strengthen self-confidence.
- Learn about and interact with different cultures.
- Reflect on learning process, experiences, expectations and goals.
Explore career opportunities
- Apply what learning in the classroom to the work environment.
- Earn academic credit while working.
- Identify which job or organization is the right career fit.
- Gain hands-on experience in field of study.
- Build soft skills like teamwork, problem solving, and communication.
- Acquire job search skills including networking, interviewing, and resume writing.
- Except when the internship is required for an honours major, major, or minor, students must have a departmental GPA of 6.0 and permission of the instructor to take a 380 internship.
- Except when the internship is required for an honours major, major, or minor, students must have a departmental GPA of 7.0 and permission of the instructor to take a 480 internship.
- Students may complete an internship as part of a minor only when the internship is required.
- Students may only apply two internship courses towards the 40 courses required for graduation.
Programs with Internships
Internship courses are offered in most departments to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity. An internship will have a clear connection to the discipline and be integrated with the subject matter of a student’s program. Internship courses normally require 120 hours and are usually completed within the four months of the fall, winter, or summer term. To explore internship opportunities by department please refer to the Academic Calendar.