Western's Internship Program
The Student Success Centre centrally supports Western’s Internship Program, offered in the faculties of:
- Social Science (Management and Organizational Studies)
An internship is an extended period of work, typically 12 to 16 months continuous duration. Students are employed in settings which provide work experience directly related to their academic programs and career objectives. The setting may be the private, public, or not-for-profit sector.
Students typically leave school for a year to work for an employer who is offering a 12 to 16 month work term, which will provide education-related work experience. In certain cases, 8 month terms can be arranged. Competitive annual salaries in the range of $35,000 to $50,000 are offered to students for internship positions.
Benefits of internship for employers
Recruiters, like you, definitely see the benefits of hiring and training students with several years of academic education to take on major projects and responsibilities. Both students and employers may find that there is a good match of interests leading to a full time job offer after graduation. Internship students are regarded as regular employees taking on responsibilities far beyond the typical duties assigned to 4 month co-op or summer students.
Students participating in Western's Internship Program
Internship programs are available to students in Management and Organizational Studies, and the faculties of Engineering and Science. Students applying for internship employment must have a minimum average of 65% (Engineering) or 70% (all other programs) and strong communication and interpersonal skills. Please contact the faculty or department or additional qualifications.
Click here to see a list of particpating academic programs.
It is expected the employer will:
- extend all job offers through the Internship Coordinator
- confirm acceptance of job offers and terms of employment in writing to students
- honour all offers of employment
- provide a job that relates to the position posted
- provide accurate and complete information on job responsibilities, compensation, and benefits
- assign a mentor or advisor, to assist the student to identify goals and clarify role and responsibilities
- treat the student as an employee
- provide the student with relevant training and development opportunities
- monitor student's progress, and provide formal/informal feedback on a timely basis to both the student and to the institution
It is expected the student will:
- provide accurate and appropriate information on their qualifications and interests when applying for positions
- notify the Internship Coordinator well in advance if interviews must be rescheduled or cancelled
- notify the Internship Coordinator of acceptance or decline of an offer within 24- 48 hours
- honour the acceptance of a job offer, since it is a contractual agreement with both the employer and the university
On the job, the student will:
- be responsible and accountable
- respect safety and the environment
- demonstrate ethical and professional judgment
- be punctual, resourceful, adaptable, and productive
- recognize and respect the employer/employee relationship: communicate progress and areas of concern with the employer first, then the Internship Coordinator
Recruiting a Western Intern: