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Academic credit

Arts Internships allow undergraduate and graduate students to obtain practical experience in their field prior to graduation. Students who pursue approved internships may also gain up to 3 credits towards their degree upon the completion of a major topical paper. Arts internships require a minimum of 150 hours of work with an approved host institution or organization and are generally 8-12 weeks in duration. Upon completion of the internship, the student who wishes to gain academic credit must submit a major topical paper that discusses an aspect of their internship from an academic perspective. Please note: the academic requirements may vary between departments and programs.

The vast majority of departments and programs in the faculty offer an Internship Course. These courses are only open to students in good standing who have completed 30 credits of a 90 credit program or 45 credits of a 96-120 credit program. A minimum CGPA of 2.7 and Departmental approval are required. Please note that some departments have different or additional requirements and these courses may not always fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses.

Student may not take more than 6 credits of internship courses toward the completion of their B.A or B.A & B. Sc. Degree requirements.


Departmental Internship Course Available

Internship course credit is available for students in a number of departments in the Faculty of Arts. Please refer to the list in the left hand menu to see if your department offers the internship course and to review the requirements.


Steps To Getting Approval for Internship Credit

Once you have secured an internship position, complete the steps below if you wish to obtain internship course credit.

Please note: All steps should be completed well in advance of the beginning of your internship. No approval will be granted after you have started your internship.

  1. Obtain a written confirmation of your internship from your host organization (letter or e-mail). This should briefly outline your duties as an intern and the duration of your internship.
  2. Confirm that your department or program has an internship course and familiarize yourself with their requirements and deadlines for receiving internship course credit. See side menu for list of programs.
  3. Begin looking for a McGill professor in your department to act as your academic supervisor who will agree to supervise the academic component of the internship course credit. Discuss possible research topics related to your internship. Tip: It can be beneficial to get to know the research and teaching interests of the professors in your program. Professors' interests are often listed on departmental websites.
  4. With your academic supervisor, fill out the Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form, available here.
  5. If your Internship Course research will involve human subject research, please discuss this with your supervisor and review McGill's Research Ethics Requirements [.pdf].
  6. Read the Handbook for Faculty of Arts Interns to familiarize yourself with your responsibilities as an intern receiving credit, available here.
  7. If your internship is outside of Canada, you are required to attend the University-Wide Pre-Departure Information Session. See here for more information and to register.
  8. Visit the Arts Internship Office (AIO) with the following:
    • The completed Credit Approval Form signed by your academic supervisor (available here).
    • A copy of the letter of confirmation from your internship host organization
    • Completed personal data form which can be found here.
  9. Students interning outside of Montreal must complete the University-Related Travel Activity Registry on Minerva. This form will be created by the Arts Internship Office and you will receive an e-mail notification once it is ready.
  10. Complete your University-related travel registry form on Minerva.
  11. The AIO will review your internship and sign the Internship Credit Approval Form.
  12. Pick up your Credit Approval Form from the AIO.
  13. Receive departmental approval by having your program’s Internship Advisor and/or Department Chair sign the form. See the list of program/departmental advisers.
  14. Bring your completed Internship credit approval form to your program’s administrative office. You will be given a permit override that will allow you to register for the internship course.
  15. Register for the internship credit course on Minerva. The course is normally taken in the semester following the internship.

Travel Warnings

McGill encourages students to include an international educational experience as part of their studies. However, the University will not approve student travel to all countries or regions of countries, as the safety of students is of primary importance. In planning a University-related international travel activity, staff members and students are to consider the nature of the activity, the associated risks and the location, specifically consulting travel warnings and reports issued by the Global Affairs Canada (GAC), listed here. A travel warning is official advice concerning travel to a country or specific regions of a country, based on an overall assessment of the security risk and expressed in terms of the following four levels:

  1. Exercise normal security precautions
  2. Exercise high degree of caution
  3. Avoid non-essential travel
  4. Avoid all travel

University-related activity will not be approved in locations for which GAC has issued a level 3 or 4 warning. University-related courses, conferences and other activities undertaken in these locations will not receive McGill credit or recognition.

For more information see: http://www.mcgill.ca/students/international/registry and McGill's University Related Travel Guidelines


During your Internship

The AIO recommends that, during your internship, you keep a log noting the tasks and responsibilities you are given as an intern. Keep track of skills you’re gaining as well as what questions you may have along the way. This will assist you in reflecting on your internship when it comes time to completing your academic requirements for credit and may provide you inspiration for your research. Further, keep a file containing copies of materials and projects you have worked on during your internship. Some departments require that these are submitted as part of your internship course evaluation.

This is also a good time to review your responsibilities to the Arts Internship Office as outlined in the Handbook for Faculty of Arts Interns.


After your Internship

In the semester following your internship, you must complete the academic requirements set by your department or program for receiving academic credit. This will include your major research paper and may include the submission of additional assignments or materials. These materials should be submitted to your academic supervisor. At the end of the semester, your academic supervisor will submit your grade either directly on Minerva or to your program’s administrative office.

Early in the semester, meet with your academic supervisor to review the requirements of your program’s internship credit course and set a timeline for the completion of your assignments. It is your responsibility to ensure that your work is completed and submitted to your supervisor in time for them to grade your work and submit your grades before the end of the semester.


Internships and your BA Degree

Summer Internships

Most students complete internships over the summer.  

Students who complete a Major Concentration in Environment, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics and Psychology or Software Engineering can request permission from internshipsfieldstudies.science [at] mcgill.ca to have the internship noted on the transcript as an Industrial Practicum. For more information, click here.

Internships during the Fall and/or Winter term

Students who complete an internship during a regular term (Fall and/or Winter), can apply for a Leave of Absence for that term. For more information, click here.

Note to students in the Major Concentration in Computer Science, Mathematics, or Software Engineering:

If you are completing one of the above Major Concentrations as part of your BA degree, the option of Major Concentration Computer Science/Mathematics/Software Engineering – Internship Program is not available to you.  Since an internship is not an integral part of the BA degree and therefore cannot displayed as such on your transcript, you may not be eligible for certain internships.  Please consult with an adviser in the Arts Internship Office or CaPS for further details.  If you are deemed eligible and complete an internship during a regular term, you must request a Leave of Absence and are not eligible to have the internship term displayed on your record.

Note to international students in the Major Concentration in Computer Science, Mathematics, or Software Engineering:

You are not eligible to do an internship during the fall or winter terms.  As an internship completed during a regular term is not a required part of the BA degree, you will not be able to obtain the required immigration documents.  We would therefore encourage you to complete a Summer internship instead. 


Leave of Absence

Taking a semester off (fall or/and winter) to complete an internship for credit/or non-credit

Important information for students who wish to complete an internship during the fall and/or winter term and will not be able to take classes during that term.

Students can apply for a Leave of Absence (LoA) to complete an internship during a regular term as long as they are returning to McGill following completion of the internship to complete their degree. 

The request needs to be made before the end of the web-withdrawal with refund deadline of the term the student wants to take off  (See https://www.mcgill.ca/importantdates/key-dates). A Leave of Absence cannot be granted retro-actively.

Requesting a Leave of Absence

Procedures:

  • Meet with a Faculty Adviser in the Arts OASIS.  If you have never met with a Faculty Adviser, please go to the Arts OASIS information counter in Dawson Hall, 1st floor on weekdays between 10 AM and 4 PM to ask for a drop-in slot.  The drop-in schedule is available on this website.  If you have previously met with a Faculty Adviser, you can email the Adviser to set up an appointment. 
  • The meeting needs to be followed by an email request for a LoA to be sent to the adviser.  Supporting documentation (an offer letter for the internship) must be provided.

Regulations: See Undergraduate Leave of Absence Policy (See https://www.mcgill.ca/students/records/leave-absence-policy)


Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship Program

What is a Post-Secondary Co-op or Internship Program? The Co-operative Education and Internship Program (Co-op/Internship) is the primary vehicle through which federal organizations can recruit post-secondary students for a four-month work term. An internship is a supervised, on-the-job training assignment designed to give students the skills and knowledge required for entry into a trade or profession.

The following departments in the Faculty of Arts are approved PSC programs: African Studies; Anthropology; Canadian Studies; East Asian Studies; Economics; English; Gender; Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies; German Studies; Hispanic Studies; History; Italian Studies; North American Studies; Political Science; Russian and Slavic Studies; Sociology.

For more information regarding student eligibility, click here.

Students must receive approval to participate in a PSC-approved internship program. For questions regarding specific student eligibility, email ion [at] mcgill.ca (Laura Di Maio).