Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

As part of your experience at UTSC, our department encourages students to take part in volunteering and internship opportunities as these are great pathways to start and accelerate your professional development and help launch your careers after graduation.

Through experience, relationships, and training, volunteering and interning in various fields are supported by a wide network of peers, managers, and mentors to guide and enrich professional growth. You will have the opportunity for ongoing feedback, mentoring and coaching to grow and succeed.

If you are interested in exploring a particular research stream, consider looking though the work study programs available at the University. Becoming a Research Assistant and working with a faculty member will provide you with valuable experience that will benefit your academic and professional career. For Work Study Options please check and find out more.

Internship Opportunities

Amnesty International Canada offers occasional internship opportunities for students and recent graduates in London UK, and domestically in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver. Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization focused on human rights focused on research and generating action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.

Canadian Geographic takes on interns throughout the year at their head office in Ottawa. Length of internships range from one to four months, and aren’t necessarily five days a week or eight hours a day (although preference is given to applications who can commit to full-time or near-full-time hours). Canadian Geographic prefers students with either experience or interest in the environment, wildlife, history, culture and science journalism. 

The Parliamentary Internship Programme was established in 1969 through a Motion, passed in the House of Commons with all-party support, as a non-partisan program that would provide: An outstanding work-study experience for Canadian university graduates in all disciplines; Highly qualified assistants to be shared equally by Members of Parliament on both sides of the House of Commons; Build public knowledge of Parliament by conducting and disseminating research on Parliament and Canadian politics.

The Global Affairs Canada International Youth Internship Program provides opportunities for volunteering overseas, domestically with an NGO, with the federal government of Canada, or within the International Development Research Centre.

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) provides full-time students with the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their skills. Explore the Federal Summer Student Employment Program for policy related internships.

Develop your research skills vital for Policy work. The National Research Council (NRC) Student Employment Program provides students with practical career-related experience in research and development, library sciences, communications, marketing and other areas.

Every year, the Ontario Public Service, related agencies and community groups, provide 5,000 students with jobs across the province. These jobs help Ontario students with limited work experience develop transferable skills, support their career goals and learn more about the Ontario Public Service. Explore the Policy related jobs available through the Ontario Public Service Summer Student Program.

The Imran Jaffer Internship is a summer internship at Jones Lang LaSalle, a leading financial and professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate services and investment management.

The International Center for Human Development regularly seeks interns to assist staff with ongoing projects in its office in Yerevan. ICHD’s Internship Program offers career-related work experience to students and other individuals interested in volunteering. Internships are set up on quarterly or a semester basis, but may be extended. Interns do not receive a fixed stipend. Upon successful completion of the internship, ICHD will provide interns with a certificate of appreciation and reference letter upon request.

Every year, the Jamie Anderson Parliamentary Internship will provide three young Canadians with a four-month (May through August) opportunity to work in the office of a federal Member of Parliament. During the summer, the program will arrange meetings and discussions with people in the news media, politics, and business to help provide a rounded understanding of the political process in and around Parliament Hill.

Internship at Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry offers a variety of rewarding internship opportunities for post-secondary school students.

National Geographic and partners regularly post internship opportunities in their careers section.

Science Horizons supports green jobs for youth by providing wage subsidies to eligible employers to hire interns in environmental and clean technology sectors.

The purpose of the Youth Internship Program is to encourage young Canadians to more actively participate in public policy development, public service, government and political life.

Established in 1998 by Toronto City Council, The Toronto Youth Cabinet is the official youth advisory body to the City of Toronto. The Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) is a youth-led advocacy group that promotes youth participation in civic affairs. The TYC advocates on youth issues with various youth organizations across the city, and promotes youth involvement in policy development.