Internships and Field Studies

The McGill Faculty of Arts' Internship program helps facilitate summer internships for arts students. See the links below for information on the Arts Internship Office and the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA).

Arts Internship Office

The Faculty of Arts Internship Program enables students to expand their horizons and engage in meaningful collaborations with corporate and community organizations around the world. With an experienced staff, a structured program of application assistance, pre-travel learning sessions, student-to-student and staff support mechanisms and extensive follow-up, McGill has a proven track record of vetting and selecting applicants to ensure that keen and talented young people are matched with national and international opportunities that benefit both the students and the organizations in which they are placed.


McGill Internship Offices Network

The Internship Offices Network (ION) is the coordinating body for the teaching, learning and administrative units of the McGill faculties that organize and provide internship opportunities. ION aims to promote student internships by:

  • Serving as a portal to the appropriate internship office on campus;
  • Providing tools and resources to help students find an internship; and
  • Organizing and publicizing events that promote internships in general and particular opportunities.

Arts Research Internship Award

The purpose of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA) is to support undergraduate students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students contribute to the professor’s research agenda while gaining useful academic research skills. The Faculty of Arts will provide Undergraduate Research Internship Awards, each with a value $2000. These awards are matched by individual faculty members or their departments to provide a total award of $4000 to the student. 

Students may be permitted to receive a maximum of 6 credits for internships to be used towards their degree requirements. There are three types of internships that are eligible for credit.

  1. Internships courses offered by McGill Departments:
    • Internships allow students to gain experience in areas relevant to their fields of study.
    • Internships are only open to U2 and U3 students in good standing, normally after completing 30 credits of a 90-credit program or 45 credits of a 96 to a 120-credit program, who have a minimum CGPA of 2.7 and permission from the departmental Internship Advisor.
    • Internships will normally not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses.
    • Internships involve a minimum of 150 hours of work with an approved host institution or organization and provide a vehicle for allowing students to gain up to 3 credits towards their degrees.
    • At the completion of the internship, students must submit a major topical paper that discusses an aspect of the Internship from an academic perspective.
  2. The Washington Semester Program at the American University:
  3. Internship and field study courses offered by an accredited and recognized academic institution (host university) that grants 3 and 4-year bachelor degree programs:
    • These internship and field study courses will be assessed according to the transfer credit policies for study away.
    • Students must provide information regarding course content and the method of evaluation to the departmental/program academic adviser who will assess the course.
    • Students must arrange for the host university to send an official transcript that provides course numbers and letter or numerical grades directly to the Student Affairs Office.

Washington Semester Program students have the opportunity to intern at organizations, government agencies, businesses, or Fortune 500 companies in the DC-area and participate in academic seminars at American University.

B.A. students who are applying to the Washington Semester Program at American University must also submit a request to complete an Independent Study Away in Minerva. 

  1. B.A. students must complete the following components of the program:
    • Seminar I (four credits)
    • Seminar II (four credits)
    • Internship (see below for additional credits)
    • Research project (four credits)
  2. Twelve (12) transfer credits will be granted provided all the following conditions are satisfied:
    • All components must be completed with a grade of C or better.
    • If any of the grades are below C, 4 credits will be granted only for the component in which the final grade is C or better, except for the internship, for which a maximum of three (3) credits may be awarded.
    • The method of evaluation for each seminar course and the research project must consist of written exams or term papers. Students should confirm this requirement before registering in the program.
    • Students must arrange for The Dean of the Washington Semester Program at the American University to send a letter that includes a Grade Report Summary directly to the Office of Advising & Student Information Services (OASIS) of the Faculty of Arts. The Grade Report Summary must confirm the satisfactory completion of the program with a grade of C or better in each of the two seminar courses, the internship and the research project.
  3. Students who satisfy the four conditions above and wish to apply to receive three (3) additional credits for the internship must proceed as indicated below.
    • Submit a letter specifying the reasons for requesting transfer credits for the internship and indicating how the internship relates to their academic program(s) to the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) of the Faculty of Arts.
    • Arrange to have the internship supervisor send a letter that indicates the academic nature of the internship (analytical content and method of evaluation) as well as an evaluation of the student’s performance directly to the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Students should request Arts OASIS to send a copy of this letter to the department in the Faculty of Arts that will evaluate the internship (see #3 below) and to their program advisor(s).
    • Arrange to have the departmental/program academic adviser in the most appropriate department in the Faculty of Arts evaluate the letter from the internship supervisor as well as all the written assignments and term papers of the internship.
    • If the internship is approved for three (3) transfer credits, ask the departmental/program adviser to sign the Arts OASIS Course Approval Form.

Field studies are designed to immerse students in fascinating living environments. Through local, regional, and international field study semesters and individual courses, they provide practical experience and a chance to integrate and apply knowledge gained in the classrooms into the field. And in many cases, field study semesters or individual field courses can be counted towards many McGill undergraduate degrees.

For more information consult the following pages: eCalendar and Field Studies Programs.