Find your own internship
What is an internship?
An internship is a short-term, hands-on, supervised work experience with a professional organization. It provides the student with an invaluable opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to real world problems and enables the student to broaden his or her understanding of the field.
An internship is more than a part-time job or volunteer experience; it includes:
- Specific learning objectives designed to increase the student’s knowledge
- Training to hone existing skills and develop additional ones
- Supervision to guide and mentor the intern
Through their internship, the student is able both to expand their horizons and to engage in a meaningful collaboration with their corporate or community organization for their mutual benefit.
|LOOK FOR INTERNSHIPS|
|Consult summer internship postings||Fall|
|Browse through the internship database||Fall|
|Read internship reports from past interns||Fall|
|Drop by our office during drop-in hours or make an appointment||Throughout the year|
|Come to the Annual Arts Internship Event||September|
|Attend Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event||January|
|PREPARE YOUR INTERNSHIP APPLICATION|
|Attend the Internship CV (resume) Workshop||November|
|Register for the Internship Cover Letter Workshop||November|
|Attend the International Internship Information Session||October|
|Attend the Canada & US Internship Information Session||January|
|Make an appointment with CaPS to get help with your application||Throughout the year|
|APPLY TO THE INTERNSHIP|
|Application deadline for international internships||November|
|Application deadline for internships in Canada & the USA||January|
|Application deadlines for other internships||Throughout the year|
|APPLY FOR AWARDS & ACADEMIC CREDIT|
|Apply for academic credit||Before the beginning of your internship|
|Attend the Faculty of Arts Internship Awards Information Session||February|
|Application deadline for Arts Internship Awards||March|
|Application deadline for the Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA)||March|
|PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP|
|Attend the AIO Interns Meeting||March|
|Register for the Success in a Professional Environment Internship Workshop||April|
|Attend the Cross-Cultural Workshop & Interns Responsibilities and Guidelines Workshop||March|
|Attend the University-Wide Pre-Departure Orientation||April|
|Take part in the Reception for Award Recipients||April|
|COMPLETE YOUR INTERNSHIP|
|Complete an 8 to 12 week internship (may vary)||Mid-May to Early August (may vary)|
|Hand-in internship follow-up documents||September|
|Attend the Post-Internship Debriefing Session||September|
|SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE & STAY IN TOUCH|
|Attend events and share your experience||Throughout the year|
|Join the Arts Internship Alumni Network||After your internship|
Find your own internship
This can be done through directly contacting organizations where you are interested in pursuing and internship and attempting to get the contact information for someone responsible for hiring interns. Should you choose to go this route, persistence and patience are key. The average response rate is 3% to 5%. This is not to say that this route is impossible. Previous McGill interns have had considerable luck approaching target organizations. Nonetheless, it is important to begin your search with realistic goals. Click here to learn how to find your own internship.
Please note that the Arts Internship Office does not fund third-party or fee-based organizations which find internships for you. Should you choose to go this route, you will be ineligible for funding.
It has been brought to our attention that for-profit “voluntourism” companies have been actively recruiting students. While students are free to take such tours at their own expense, this is not something that the Arts Internship Office can even implicitly endorse by providing these firms a platform for selling their tours. For this reason, the Arts Internship Office prepares students as much as possible to go with the proper mindset and help ensure that the organizations they work with are both appropriate and willing recipients of our tremendously motivated students. Aside from the fact that such tours fall outside of our efforts to ensure a good learning experience for students, the fact that they often generate significant profits by charging our students steep charges is antithetical to the university’s teaching mission and runs the risk of generating a backlash in host countries that will only make it more difficult for us to find quality internships for our students. Some useful social media guidelines can be found here.
Please note that the Arts Internship Office does not fund for-profit third-party or fee-based organizations which find internships for you. Students are not eligible to receive academic credit for internships through for-profit, third-party, or fee-based organizations which find internships for you.