Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

Management students Flora and Max
U of T Scarborough Management is a leader in creating and delivering high-quality experiential learning opportunities—or, Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)—for each one of our students. This is most clearly expressed in our 100% WIL guarantee: as part of our commitment to develop the “Experience to Lead”, U of T Scarborough Management ensures that every Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student completes at least one WIL experience prior to graduation.
Leveraging nearly 50 years of experience in co-operative (co-op) education, our learning model helps students develop relevant skills by applying their foundational business training to create innovative solutions for scenarios that are co-designed by our faculty and external partners. 

What Is WIL?

By definition, WIL is an educational practice that intentionally integrates academic study in the workplace or a simulated work environment. Students reinforce their learning outcomes and academic theories through practical applications that are relevant to industry or community partners' needs.

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How Does WIL Work? 

The Department of Management creates opportunities for students to learn and experience leadership by applying the latest academic theories to real-world problems both inside and outside the classroom. We challenge our students to take part in a unique curriculum designed to test their assumptions, evolve their ideas, expand their minds, and leave with the knowledge and experience to become the next generation of business leaders. 
  • WIL is all about innovation. Students work with project partners to develop new solutions to emerging problems that impact industry and/or community stakeholders. Under faculty supervision, the student-driven ideas are presented to the project collaborators with the possibility of implementation. Read what our partners are saying
  • Students explore different aspects of business through a variety of WIL projects beginning in the first year of study, to further solidify areas of interest while exploring a variety of industries and career opportunities. This allows for the learning to be scaffolded so that the required skills are developed intentionally to facilitate more robust project work in the third and fourth years of study.   
  • WIL allows U of T Scarborough BBA students to graduate with an internationally recognized degree combined with practical experience that develops highly sought-after transferable skills to meet the demands of today's knowledge-based economy.

Academic Courses with WIL Components 

Co-curricular Opportunities (Outside of the Classroom) Available Year Round

LIVE CompetitionCase competitions are a cornerstone of a business student’s education. Within the BBA program, we offer eight different academic specializations, each with a complementary student group that hosts an annual conference related to their field of study. The Department of Management works in collaboration with student groups, industry, and community partners to bring real-world cases to participants, who in turn offer innovative solutions to our industry partners’ current challenges, via: 


Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership
From the conceptual and ideas phase of the SDI project to executing the launch of the platform, the project could not have been done without the creativity, theoretical knowledge, and strong leadership skills of the UTSC students. Beginning with access to an ideas bank like the CSC 101 student body was invaluable in solving a community-based problem with the use of technology. From this group we had access to strong, enthusiastic students who transitioned smoothly into full-time co-op team members. Both semesters the co-op students were engaged and integral in moving the project forward and on time. 

– Hope Nestor, Research Partnership Lead, Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership, Catholic Crosscultural Services




HP CanadaIt was a really successful project. [My team] and I messaged one another immediately after the presentation as we were amazed at the quality of information. Many thanks for connecting us with Professor Radhakrishnan

– Lina Wang, HR Business Partner and Talent Acquisition, HP Canada (Course Integration: Introduction to Industrial Relations)





The majority of the presentations were outstanding, and have certainly given us a lot to think about. If you would like to use OMERS again for any future student assessments, we would love to be included. 

– Gillian Macgregor-Spurr, Manager, Leadership & Digital Learning, OMERS (Course Integration: Management Skills)



WIL Resources for Employers 

Types of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

Co-operative Education (Co-op)

Co-op consists of paid work terms that alternate between academic terms. Work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student’s field of study. The number of required work terms varies by program; however, the time spent in work terms must be at least 30% of the time spent in academic study.


Mentorship, space, and/or funding is provided to engage students in the early-stage development of business start-ups either for academic credit or through our co-curricular New Venture Program. Developmental formation is self-directed with strong foundational business theory to set students up for success as entrepreneurs or corporate innovators. See also: The BRIDGE.

Applied Research Projects

Student research that addresses specific needs of an external partner organization, often taking place in the field. Characteristics include: student-generated research questions, methodologies, conceptual frameworks, and project management plans under academic supervision. Students analyze the collected information or data to reinforce their understanding of how research outcomes relate to the concepts from their academic curriculum. Projects often focus on consulting, design, market research and analysis, data analytics, and community-focused initiatives.

Field Placement / Externship

Short-term, practical activities outside of the classroom in a setting relevant to the student’s academic discipline offering intensive practical skills development. Students may investigate similarities and differences amongst multiple environments, or focus on a specific outcome. These experiences prepare students for professional fields where there might not be formal certification.

Competitions and Co-curricular Engagement

Competitive events such as case competitions and hackathons in which teams work on industry-provided projects over a short period of time, such as a weekend or a week. These events are often sponsored and judged by industry representatives who work with U of T staff, faculty, and students to co-develop a case based on a present-day industry challenge. Long-term engagements include the Student Managed Fund, where students gain experience by managing simulated investment portfolios on the actual market, and the Management Consulting Group.