Experiential Learning Opportunities
Learning happens inside and outside the classroom and can take the form of a practicum, co-op placement or internship.
- Practicums are tied to a particular course and can vary with regard to time commitment.
- Co-op placements are paid work terms affiliated with a specific program, coordinated through the university, and vary from 4-16 months.
- Internships are paid or non-paid work of varying length. They can take place in the summer, during your course of study or after graduation. Some industries, especially in the arts, use these as entry level opportunities. There is an expectation that there will be a mentoring process where feedback and support is provided and that it is career directed. Often students can arrange their own internship if they find an appropriate sponsor who will supervise their work.
Start with the Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx) to find internships that are currently posted. The Internships and Volunteer Program database also lists annual or ongoing programs. For international opportunities, check out Going Global.
For information about the Ontario Ministry of Labour guidelines on unpaid internships, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour website.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved and gain valuable experience for your resume. Employers consider volunteer experience to be valuable because it demonstrates skills like leadership, teamwork and communication. Login to CLNx to check out volunteer opportunities.