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Work-Integrated Learning: Internships, Co-op, Practicum

Work Integrated Learning at Western

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Work Integrated Learning (WIL) provides students with meaningful opportunities to apply their academic knowledge to practical experiences in the workplace. WIL also supports industry partners by providing direct access to bright, creative, hard-working students that will build your talent pipeline.  

Western’s WIL programs are flexible and offered in over 45 academic programs. This means you’ll benefit from students with a wide variety of industry-specific and transferable skills, including communication, problem solving, teamwork, and leadership. 

Western offers WIL opportunities in three main formats:

  • Internship
  • Co-op
  • Practicum

Our service commitment

Partnering with Western for WIL program means you will receive friendly, seamless and comprehensive support from our team of internship, co-op and practicum coordinators. You’ll find a streamlined recruitment process that allows you to focus on selecting the right talent – and leave the rest to us. If you are unable to find a WIL program that suits your company’s specific needs, we will work with you to build and customize an opportunity that fits.

Why WIL at Western?

  • Students will provide significant contributions to your organization as dedicated resources for important tasks and projects
  • Western is a source of diverse talent that will bring new ideas, youthful energy, and fresh perspectives to your workplace
  • You will access high quality candidates to fill future positions
  • Your staff will benefit from professional development opportunities to supervise or mentor students
  • Western staff provide full-service support and will assist you in every step of the hiring process

Recruit with an Equity Diversity and Inclusion Focus

Western is a community that values the inclusion of its members. We encourage all organizations to implement recruitment and retention policies that support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). When adding your job and internship postings to Western Connect, where applicable, please answer YES to the question that asks if your organization has recruitment and retention policies that support equity, diversity and inclusion and include a copy of your EDI policy in the designated box. 

What’s next? How do I get started?

View a list of Work Integrated Learning programs at Western to see if there is a good fit for your company, and contact the individual program coordinator.

Speak to an Employer Relationship Developer to discuss your organization’s specific needs and learn about all of your options.

Review the Employment Guidelines for information that will ensure both employers and students experience a positive and satisfying work term.