Western's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Directory

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at Western is comprised of 3 different formats:

Western’s WIL programs are offered in over 45 program areas, and have dedicated staff members that work with you throughout the process. See below for a list of our faculties, their program areas, and the contact information for the person eager to work with you.  

Click here to read experiences different employers have had hiring from our WIL programs, and the ways these students have added value and innovation to their organization.

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Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Internship in Visual Arts

Faculty: Arts & Humanities

Length: 1 – 2 terms

Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Commitment: 10 hours per week

Start date/End date: varies by program

Undergraduate Contact: Cody Barteet | Phone: 519-661-2111 x86182 | email: vaugc@uwo.ca

Graduate Contact: Patrick Mahon | Phone: 519-661-2111 x86192 | email: pmahon@uwo.ca

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Undergraduate: Third or fourth year undergraduate honors students with a cumulative average in the Department of at least 75% may elect to do an internship within an approved art institution or related industry as a course from the 4000 series. Students successfully competing for an internship will arrange individual programs with the Visual Arts Undergraduate Chair.

Graduate: Obtain University credit for volunteer employment in an arts-related field. Graduate students with over an 80% (A) average are eligible for the course credit.

Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education Practicum

Faculty: Education

Length: Four practice teaching blocks, one block in each of the four program terms

Year One: each block is 4 weeks in length

Year Two: each block is 6 weeks in length

Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Commitment: Fulltime

Start date/End date: varies by program

Contact: Christine Knight-Smith | Phone: 519-661-2111 x81158 | email: cknights@uwo.ca

Website: http://www.edu.uwo.ca/programs/the_link/index.html

Description: This practicum provides Teacher Candidates with opportunities to observe good teaching, to experience the wide variety of expectations professionals in the school setting must meet, and to apply Professional Development skills in the classroom.

Specialty Areas

  • Advanced Studies in the Psychology of Achievement, Inclusion & Mental Health
  • Early Years Education
  • Elementary School French
  • Secondary School French
  • International Education
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Urban Education

Faculty of Education Internships

Faculty: Education  

Length: Year One: 2 Blocks (4 weeks each), Year Two: 2 Blocks (6 weeks, 5 weeks)

Paid or unpaid: Associate Teachers are paid $8 per day

Commitment: Practicum Handbook

Start date/End date: varies by program

Contact: Christine Knight-Smith | Phone: 519-661-2111 x81158 | email: cknights@uwo.ca 


Description: This Practicum provides Teacher Candidates with opportunities to observe good teaching, to experience the wide variety of expectations professionals in the school setting must meet, and to apply Professional Development skills in the classroom.

Practicum consists of three components:

  • Four practice teaching blocks in assigned schools, two blocks each year 
  • Two alternative field experience blocks in Year two of the program
  • To qualify for B.Ed Teacher Candidates must complete successfully both components.

Faculty of Engineering

Year-Long Internship Program

Faculty: Engineering        

Length: 8, 12, and 16 months

Paid or unpaid: Paid

Commitment: Fulltime

Start date/End date: Positions can start anytime between May and September

Contact: Kyle Reid Phone: 519-661-2111 x88313 email: kreid54@uwo.ca

Website: http://www.eng.uwo.ca/coop/employers/index.html 

Description: In the Year-Long Internship Program, students spend 8, 12, and 16 consecutive months working in a paid engineering position prior to the last year of their Bachelor of Engineering Science (BESc) program. The Year-Long Internship Program provides a longer work term and more extensive experience than a summer co-op, which ensures that students are able to work on advanced projects, seeing them through from beginning to end.

Program includes all undergraduate engineering programs – Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Software, Integrated, Mechatronic Systems, Chemical, and Green Process (3rd and 4th year Students only)

Summer Community Development Program

Faculty: Engineering 

Length: 3-4 months

Paid or unpaid: Paid

Commitment: 35 hours per week

Start date/End date: Summer (May – August)

Contact: Dr. Ashraf El Damatty | Phone: 519-661-2139 | email: civil@uwo.ca

Description: This non-credit course is designed to recognize student participation in a summer community development placement as part of the civil engineering and international development program. A number of placement opportunities are made available to the students as part of this course. These provide them with the opportunity to work on engineering-related problems within a development context.

(Students who have completed second-year Civil engineering pre-requisites, and International Development for Engineers)

Summer Co-op Program

Faculty: Engineering

Length: 10 weeks to 4 months

Paid or unpaid: Paid

Commitment: 35 hours per week 

Start date/End date: May/August

Contact: Kyle Reid | Phone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 88313 | email: kreid54@uwo.ca

Website: http://www.eng.uwo.ca/coop/employers/index.html 

Description: The Summer Co-op Program is a four-month, May - August, paid work experience program. It is designed to assist students in finding quality degree-related summer employment, providing an opportunity to gain valuable engineering experience.

Areas of Study:

  • Civil
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Computer
  •  Software
  • Integrated
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • Chemical
  • Green Process

Faculty of Health Sciences

Kinesiology Field Experience

Faculty: Health Sciences

Length: 4 months

Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Commitment: 5 hours per week, per academic term

Start date/End date: varies by program

Contact: Clarke Singer | Phone: 519-661-2111 x88525 | email: cdsinger@uwo.ca

Description: Placements occur in a variety of settings, all related to sports and activity – students can rank and choose between a selections of placements.

Sport Management Field Experience

Faculty: Health Sciences

Length: Full Semester

Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Commitment: Minimum of 5 hours per week (50 hours total)

Start date/End date: Fall or winter            

Contact: Alison Doherty | Phone: 519-661-2111 x88362 | email: adoherty@uwo.ca

Website: http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/sportmgt/

Description:  The Sports Management Field Practicum Provides an opportunity for students: to observe and practice sport management processes and skills; understand the value of management theory in addressing sport management issues in the field; gain basic competencies in the practical use of micro-computers; and satisfy individual objectives and interests in the area of sport management

Faculty of Information & Media Studies

Master of Library and Information Science

Faculty: Information and Media Studies

Length: 14 weeks to 8 months

Paid or unpaid: Paid


Start date/End date: varies by program

Contact: Nancy Hsu | Phone: 519-661-2111 x88468 | email: fims-coop@uwo.ca

Website: http://www.fims.uwo.ca/programs/graduate_programs/master_of_library_and_information_science/coop.html

Master of Media in Journalism and Communications

Faculty: Information and Media Studies

Length: 4 months 

Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Commitment: Fulltime

Start date/End date: May/ August

Contact: Brandi Borman | Phone: 519-661-2111 x88494 | email: bborman@uwo.ca

Website: http://www.fims.uwo.ca/programs/graduate_programs/master_of_media_in_journalism_communication/internship_final_project.html

Description: This real-world phase of the program will give students the opportunity to gain sustained practical experience applying what they have learned in a journalistic or communications setting. While on the placement, there will be an instructor guiding the students, and helping them reflect on their professional experience. Because the instruction happens online, your placement could be anywhere in Canada, or indeed, in the world. 

Media, Information & Technocultre Academic Internship

Faculty: Information and Media Studies

Length: 4,8,12 or 16 month

Paid or unpaid: Both options available

Commitment: Between 10 and 35 hours per week, depending on placement arrangements

Start date/End date: Start dates: September, January, and May. End dates: December, April, and August.

Contact: Devin Golets | Phone: 519-661-2111 x88495 | email: wgolets@uwo.ca


Academic Short-Term Unpaid Internships:

- Minimum of 140 work hours over 4 month semester

- Students receive academic credit

Professional Short-Term Paid Internships:

- Minimum of 120 work hours over 4 month semester

- Students do not receive academic credit

Professional Long-Term Paid Internships:

- Minimum of 28 hours of work/week

- Placements are 8, 12, or 16 months

- Students do not receive academic credit

Faculty of Law

International Summer Law Internship Program

Faculty: Law

Length: 10-12 weeks

Paid or unpaid: Paid

Commitment: Fulltime

Start date/End date: May / August


Valerie Oosterveld | Phone: 519-661-2111 x80037 | email: vooster@uwo.ca

Andrea Streufert | Phone: 519-661-3831 | email: astreufe@uwo.ca 

Description: The ISLIP provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of international and comparative law, from the theoretical to the practical level, and to contribute to a better understanding of Canada’s place within the global framework. Through the generosity of various donors and the Faculty of Law, the program provides financial support towards the ISLIP placements.

By interning with government departments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and private industries, our students broaden their understanding of different legal systems, strengthen their legal skills and gain insight into the application of law that remains valuable through their careers.

Faculty of Science

Master of Data Analytics

Faculty: Science

Length: 4 months

Paid or unpaid: Paid

Commitment: Full-time

Start date/End date: May/August

Contact: Craig Ingram | Phone: 519-661-2111 x84379 | email: cingram@uwo.ca

Website: http://uwo.ca/mda/

Description:Data analytics is inherently interdisciplinary. The foundation for descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics lies in a set of tools and techniques from Statistics and Computer Science, as well as from the intersection of these two fields. The Master of Data Analytics (MDA), a one-year professional science master's program, equips our students with a set of highly sought-after, interdisciplinary technical data analytics skills, approaches and experiences and prepares them for an analytics-focused career.

Master of Management of Applied Science

Faculty: Science

Length: 10 weeks to 4 months

Paid or unpaid: Paid (Preferred) or Unpaid

Commitment: Fulltime

Start date/End date: May/August

Contact: Craig Ingram | Phone: 519-661-2111 x84379 | email: cingram@uwo.ca

Website: http://www.uwo.ca/professionalmasters/science/mmasc_degree/industry_partnerships/index.html

Description: The MMASc program is an innovative, one year course-based professional graduate program that requires the completion of two, four-month academic terms followed by one, full-time, four-month co-op term or major research project for the successful completion of the degree. The program involves completion of a “core” set of academic courses by all students enrolled in the MMASc program as well as the completion of additional course work in one of four specialty areas or program “spokes”.

The Core courses focus on communication and management immersion while the specialty fields or spokes currently offered within the program include Biological Sciences, Global Health Systems in Africa, Computer Science, and Data Analytics.

“Core” courses linked the MMASc program include: Professional Writing, Organizational Behaviour, and Foundational Digital Communication for Professionals, Professional Communication, Fundamentals of Managerial Finance, Fundamentals of Marketing Management, Project Management and Leadership in Organizations. 

Master's in Environment and Sustainability

Faculty: Science, Engineering and Social Science

Length: 13 weeks

Paid or unpaid: 95% paid, some volunteer

Commitment: 40 hours per week 

Start date/End date: May/August

Contact: Allison McInnis | Phone: 519-661-2111 x82807 | email: amcinni6@uwo.ca


Description: The Master’s in Environment and Sustainability (MES) program at Western University is an innovative, one-year, accelerated graduate program that requires the completion of one four month (minimum of 500 hours), summer work term for the successful completion of the degree. 

This is an interdisciplinary program. Students enroll with various degree backgrounds and the program is taught involving three faculties (described below):

Core Courses include: 

  • Sustainable Business Practices (Taught by Ivey Business School)
  • Engineering Solutions (Faculty of Engineering)
  • Planning and Management (Faculty of Social Sciences –  usually Geography)
  • Ecosystem Health (Faculty of Science – usually Biology)
  • Elective Course (TBD)

Western Science Internship Program

Faculty: Science

Length: 8, 12 and 16 months

Paid or unpaid: Paid

Commitment: Fulltime

Start date/End date: May- September / Following September

Contact: Lauren Starr | Phone: 519-661-2111 x85300 | email: lstarr2@uwo.ca

Website: www.uwo.ca/sci/undergraduate/career_services/for_employers_internships/index.html

Description: Employers from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors may create internship opportunities for students in any of the departments in the Life, Mathematical and Computational, or Physical Sciences.

Employers may create internship opportunities for students in Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences (Geo), Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Statistical & Actuarial sciences, as well as the Basic Medical Sciences, including Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, Physiology and Pharmacology. 

Faculty of Social Science

Management and Organizational Studies Internship Program

Faculty: Social Science

Length: 8, 12 or 16 months

Paid or unpaid: Paid

Commitment: Fulltime

Start date/End date: May-September/ Prior to Following September

Contact: Colleen Sutherland | Phone: 519-661-2111 x85954 | email: csutherl@uwo.ca


Description: The DAN Management and Organizational Studies Program offers an Internship Program for those students interested in gaining practical experience in the industry. In this program, students spend 8 to 16 months working in industry between completion of their third year and commencement of their fourth year.

Areas of Study:

  • Accounting                  
  • Commercial Aviation Management
  • Consumer Behaviour (Marketing)      
  • Finance         
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Administration

Master of Arts in Public History

Length: 6 or 12 weeks

Paid or unpaid: Preferably Paid

Commitment: 35-40 hours per week

Start date/End date: May/August

Contact: Michael Dove | Phone: 519-661-2111 x84996 | email: mdove2@uwo.ca

Website: http://history.uwo.ca/public_history/internships/index.html

Description: We are Canada's oldest Public History program, an intensive 12-month MA that explores how history is understood by and communicated to the public, whether at museums, archives, historical sites and national parks, in films, fiction, or on the web, in policy making, historical consulting, and in academic teaching and research.  The objectives of the internship are to: provide students with the opportunity and experience of applying theory to real-life public history work settings; allow students to work and learn under the mentorship of experienced and knowledgeable professionals; and enable students to continue to develop both hard and soft/transferable skills to better prepare them for a career in public history.

This program is approved by the federal government’s Public Service Commission

Master of Financial Economics

Faculty: Social Science

Length: 10-16 weeks

Paid or unpaid: paid

Commitment: 35 hours per week

Start date/End date: May/August

Contact: Kara Malott | Phone: 519-661-4150 | email:  kara.malott@uwo.ca

Website: http://economics.uwo.ca/MFE/

Description: The Western Master of Financial Economics (MFE) is a 16-month, course based graduate program which includes a summer internship. This collaborative program includes the Department of Economics, the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, the Ivey Business School, and the Faculty of Law. These academic units have joined forces to provide MFE students with a broad understanding of Financial Theory and the Economics framework upon which that theory is based, as well as the understanding of Quantitative Finance and Securities Law, required for today's complex financial world. Graduates pursue careers in a variety of industry areas including risk management, financial modelling, investor and treasury services, and portfolio management.

Courses linked to:

  • Capital Markets
  • Economics
  • Financial Modelling
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Treasury & Wealth Management

Ivey Business School

Ivey Connects

Faculty: Ivey Business School

Length: 4 months

Paid or unpaid:


Start date/End date:

Contact: Jana Weerasinghe-Seijts | Phone: 519-850-2491 x82491 | email: jseijts@ivey.uwo.ca

Website: http://www.ivey.uwo.ca/iveyconnects/for-partners/

Description: Our organization aims to enhance the educational experience of Ivey students in the area of social responsibility, and to advance the social health of the not-for-profit agencies in our community through volunteer efforts. Ivey Connects provides opportunities for students to give their time through volunteerism and fundraising efforts, and their talent - management or otherwise - to those in need in the community.

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Master of Public Health

Faculty: School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Length: 12 weeks

Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Commitment: 35 hours per week 

Start date/End date: May/July

Contact: Lisa Metselaar | Phone: 519-661-3184 | email: mphcareers@schulich.uwo.ca

Website: http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/publichealth/practicum/host_a_student.html

Description: The Master of Public Health Program works to connect our students with valuable practicum opportunities within the field of public health. Public health organizations are welcome to contact us to discuss hosting a practicum student.

The objective of the MPH practicum is to ensure that students acquire the ability to translate their public health knowledge into practice. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate their preparedness and ability to address complex public health issues and demands in real life situations. The goal of the practicum is to provide students with an opportunity to gain exposure to public health in practice, interact with professionals in the field, and obtain hands-on experience working on a public health project.

The Master of Public Health includes the following courses: Principles of Epidemiology; Statistical Methods in Health; Sustaining Environmental Health; Health Promotion; Social Cultural Determinants of Health; Developing Healthy Communities; Transforming Public Health; Leading People and Organizations in Public Health; Aboriginal Health; Health Policy, Law and Equity; Managing Health Services; Community Health Assessment & Program; Research for Health; Health Communications; Health Economics.

Western Continuing Studies

Continuing Studies Practicum

Faculty: Western Continuing Studies

Length: 4 months

Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Commitment: 35 hours per week

Start date/End date: varies by program

Contact: Katrina McIntosh | Phone: 519-661-2111 x85211 | email: katrina.mcintosh@uwo.ca


Description: The practicum is the final term in each post-degree diploma program, allowing students to apply what they have learned and easing the transition from degree to career.   Students are expected to be on site full-time during the practicum period. Practicums are offered in the following programs:

  • Clinical Trials Management
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Not-for-Profit Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • Pedorthics
  • Public Relations