Find Your Own Internship

If your faculty or degree-program does not have an internship option, you can research other opportunities through various organizations. You can also try to develop your own internship by contacting a company directly.

An internship provides the opportunity for work experience in an environment where the emphasis is on learning. You will learn new skills, gain valuable contacts and references, as well as bring your own career goals into focus. Students are realizing how these experiences enhance their education, and employers are looking for these experiences on resumes and applications.

Goals
  • On-site work experience that is directly related to a career goal or field of interest
  • Emphasis on learning and professional development
  • Determine if you can accept a non-paid position…..earning or learning?
  • Gain a competitive edge for your future job seeking, after graduation
  • Sample a career path
  • Develop valuable business contacts and references
  • Connect with an employer who may offer you full-time work in the future

Before contacting employers about potential internships, make sure you develop a list of goals and establish what you hope to gain from doing an internship. Are you looking for an internship that provides degree-related experience, or are you exploring a different career field?

  1. Set Personal Goals - Spend time prior to starting an internship to set goals that you want to accomplish, whether it is learning new skills or developing your network of contacts/references. Whatever your goals, you will feel a greater sense of accomplishment once you achieve them.
  2. Meet with Supervisor - Ask your supervisor if you can schedule regular meetings to discuss your progress, share what you have learned, and obtain feedback on how you can improve.
  3. Know your Organization – Take the time to learn about the organization, not just your role within the company. Get to know your colleagues and participate in company social events.
  4. Ask Questions - Remember that an internship is a learning opportunity. While the employer expects you to fulfill your job duties, you are not expected to know everything when you join an organization. Seek advice and ask questions of your supervisor and colleagues.
  5. Network - A key tool in the job search process is utilizing your network of contacts to help plan your next career step. Build professional relationships with your supervisor and other colleagues in the organization. These contacts are a good source for advice and tips from their years of experience.
  6. Accomplishments – A goal of an internship is to complete your work term with tangible results to build your resume and career portfolio. Were you responsible for developing promotional materials for your organization? Did you organize an event? Did you have direct contact with clients? Were you a member of a team that was assigned a task? These are the types of outcomes valued by potential employers.
Internship Programs:
Ability Edge

Ability Edge is a national internship program for graduates with self-declared disabilities to assist them in gaining career-building work experience.

AIESEC Canada

AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run organization, is the international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential to have a positive impact on society. AIESEC’s innovative development process consists of unmatched leadership experiences and global internships.

ATHGO International

Athgo provides a number of internship opportunities. They range from weeklong internships at our events to more in-depth study at one of our offices or online. We have also established some "exclusive" internships with international organizations such as the UN and other agencies.

Bell Mobility’s Professional Management Program

Join Bell Mobility’s Professional Management Program (PMP) where you will receive on-the-job training and real world experiences in accomplishing individual and team goals. This dynamic program is targeted to those who have recently completed graduate, post secondary, or in their senior years of studies. (Finance, Human Resources, IT, Graphic Design, GIS, and more).

Career Edge

Career Edge, a national non-profit organization, provides meaningful work experiences through paid internships. It operates three paid internship programs: Career Edge for recent graduates from Canadian universities and colleges, Ability Edge for graduates with disabilities and Career Bridge for internationally qualified professionals.

China Internship Solutions Corporation (CISC Global)

China Internship Solutions Corp (CISC) is a leading provider of internship and job placement opportunities in China.  The company was set up in Beijing in 2002, and has offices in Beijing, Shanghai as well as Newcastle upon Tyne and London in the UK.  CISC has an established, extensive network with leading international firms, foreign direct investment (FDI) promotion agencies, business chambers and successful Chinese businesses, which can act as hosts for internships.

Connect-123 Internship & Volunteer Programs

Connect-123 assists university students to find challenging, career-related internship and service learning projects in a wide range of fields, including human rights, journalism, education, business consulting, entrepreneurship, health care and sustainable development. Through our extensive network of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in Cape Town, Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Barcelona and Dublin our local, on-the-ground staff can find specific opportunities for students according to their academic and career goals.

Dream Careers

University of Dreams runs summer, fall, and spring internship programs for college/university students in several cities around the world. Our internship program provides guaranteed internship placement, housing, meal plan, planned weekend activities to the best tourist attractions in the area, a weekly seminar series, and daily transportation to and from work.

Environment Canada - Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

Environment Canada's Science Horizons Program is a collaborative effort with Canadian universities, the private sector and other non-government organizations which offer promising young scientists and post-secondary graduates hands-on experience working on environmental projects under the mentorship and coaching of experienced scientists and program managers.

Federal Student Work Experience Program

FSWEP provides full-time students with valuable hands-on work-experience related to their field of study.

Google Inc.

Google now offers internship opportunities throughout the year. If you are studying Computer Science or a related technical major, we offer opportunities in a number of Engineering and Product Management groups. If you are studying Psychology or Art History, don't let that arts degree keep you from applying to Google. We also have internship work in many non-technical fields – including Finance, Marketing, and Sales.

The Great Orangutan Project

The project is centred around the rehabilitation of the Borneon Orangutan in the forests of Sarawak, Borneo. While the internships are unpaid, the experience is invaluable.

International Youth Internship Program

The International Youth Internship Program is an employment program for young Canadians between the ages of 19-30. If you’re a post-secondary graduate, you could be eligible for this chance of a lifetime to work in a developing country and contribute to Canada’s international development goals.

Internship Network Asia

INA’s goal is to provide our participants with a well-rounded, comprehensive experience in Shanghai. We give you everything you need to ensure your comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Why not choose INA’s student package with everything you’ll need – from customized Chinese lessons, to housing, allowance, cell phone and travel? Have an experience to remember!

Kiwi Internships

We find you the placement you want! You tell us what you are interested in doing, and we’ll use our extensive local knowledge and contacts to build every aspect of your internship in New Zealand. Our internships range from 4 weeks to 6 months or even longer in length.

MITACS

MITACS is a national internship program managed by MITACS which connects companies and other organizations with the vast research expertise in Canada’s universities from applied sciences, engineering, social sciences and business to arts, life sciences and much more. MITACS is run in partnership with a consortium of leading Canadian research organizations.

Municipal Internship Program

The Municipal Internship Program is a joint undertaking of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO). The primary aim of the program is to attract and develop new leaders to be future managers and administrators of Ontario's municipalities. Recent graduates of a Masters in Public Administration degree from an Ontario university are invited to apply.

Ontario Internship Program

Get a jump start on an exciting career in the Ontario Public Service. Our interns earn a competitive annual salary and gain valuable work experience in challenging, full-time job assignments over a two-year period.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

MNR's Internship Program is for post secondary school students or recent graduates, and was built to help break the cycle of “no experience, no job – no job, no experience). MNR interns work as resource technicians, ecologists, biologists, systems officers, foresters and communications officers for key MNR projects.

UNICEF

The UNICEF Internship Program offers eligible/qualified students at both Headquarters and country offices the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

U.S. Consulate General

The U.S. Commercial Service in Canada offers an internship to students interested in working in a dynamic environment and furthering their understanding of the biggest trading relationship in the world. Please note that prospective interns must be enrolled in an educational institution at the time of applying.

Western Heads East

The Western Heads East Project is Western's Community Response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The goal of the Western Heads East project is to establish disease-fighting probiotic yogurt programs in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. At the heart of the project is the empowerment of women (yogurt mamas) to establish community kitchens that make a sustainable difference in African communities.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of internship programs, but a sample of some of the organizations that offer opportunities to students and new graduates.  The Student Success Centre does not screen organizations or their employment opportunities/labour practices.  When applying for any opportunity, it is your responsibility, and it is in your best interest to research the organizations and their associated fees and practices.