Social Science Summer Internship Program

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Career Ready funding is available to help London Tech Companies hire Social Science summer interns enrolled in HR, Finance, Accounting, and Sales & Marketing at Western.

For a quick overview of what Career Ready is, and what this program can offer your organization click here.

Western is pleased to announce a new funding incentive is available for small and medium-sized London, Ontario technology employers who offer paid summer internships to 3rd year students from the DAN Management and Organizational Studies program. These 10-16 week summer internships occur between May 1, 2018 and August 30, 2018. Western, with the support of The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development’s Career Ready Fund, will reimburse employers 25% of an intern’s wages (up to $3000) upon the student’s successful completion of the internship. Employers may also be eligible for additional wage subsidies, such as the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax credit.

For more information on the DAN Management and Organizational Studies program click here.
Hiring a DAN Management and Organizational Studies student provides preparation for employment in:

Students from this program can support technology employers in multiple ways, including:

What’s next? How do I get started?

1.   Review the Employment Guidelines for information that will ensure both employers and students experience a positive and satisfying work term.
2.   Questions? Connect with an Employer Relations Developer at The Student Success Centre to discuss your company’s specific needs and learn about all of your options. Email hirewesternu@uwo.ca or call (519) 661-3619.


How much do I pay a Social Science summer intern?

Students must be paid for a minimum of 35 hours per week, up to 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Students must be paid minimum wage or higher. Note: the funding incentive will be equivalent to 25% of the student’s salary, to a maximum of $3000.

When will I receive the funding incentive?

Employers hiring students in the Social Science Summer Internship in 2018 will receive the funding incentive upon the student’s successful completion of the internship, and the submission of the employer’s final evaluation.

Do I have to be a London-based technology employer to hire through this program?

Yes. The funding we received from the Ministry to offer these incentives was based on a proposal to grow internship opportunities for students in Liberal Arts programs. We identified London’s technology sector as a fast-growing hub with which to advance these opportunities.

Can I hire students from other Faculties?

In the summer 2018 pilot program, London technology employers will only be able to hire students from the DAN Management and Organizational Studies program. In summer 2019, the program will expand to include all students from: Arts & Humanities, Information & Media Studies, Music, Social Science. Please note: there are additional internship, co-op, and practicum programs offered in all Faculties.
Please visit Work Integrated Learning Directory to learn more about these programs.

What type of job qualifies as a Social Science Summer Internship?

The internship must provide authentic, discipline-related experience that helps the student build transferable skills, and contribute to meaningful work in your organization. An Employer Relations Developer would be happy to speak to you in more detail about this.

What is expected from an employer who hires a summer intern?

- Extend all job offers through the Internship Coordinator (not directly to the student)
- Confirm acceptance of job offers and terms of employment in writing to students
- Honour all offers of employment
- Provide a job that aligns with 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 the role and associated 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 the institution

Do I have to assess the student’s performance?

The internship employer will provide a final evaluation of the student at the end of the work term (template provided by the institution). Additionally, at the mid-point of the summer internship, there will be a check-in call with the student and supervisor separately to evaluate performance and expectations.

Can I hire interns from diverse populations?

We encourage employers to value diversity during the hiring process, and are happy to assist you in this regard.

Help DAN Management and Organizational Studies students develop career ready skills and build your talent pipeline. Hire extraordinary summer interns today.