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East Asian Studies - EAST 499

Department of East Asian Studies Internship

EAS internships, like all Faculty of Arts internships, allow students to gain experience in areas relevant to their field of study. Internships involve a minimum of 150 hours over a period of 12 weeks with an approved host organization. Students are required to submit documentation of the internship experience and a substantial paper discussing the internship experience.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to U2 and U3 students, normally after completing 30 credits of a 90 credit program or 45 credits of a 96 to 120 credit program. A minimum CGPA of 2.7 and permission from the departmental Internship Advisor is required. This course will normally not fulfill program requirements. A letter from the supervisor from the institution must attest to successful completion of the student’s tenure.

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

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.

For more information regarding student eligibility, click here.

Proposing an Internship

Students wishing to undertake an internship must submit a formal proposal to this effect, well in advance of the internship starting date. The proposal must be approved by a academic project supervisor and the EAS Internship advisor.

The proposal must include the following information:

  • An outline of the proposed internship, including specific discussion of learning goals, activities, and means of evaluation.
  • A description of the organization with which the student will be working.
  • Two letters from a McGill faculty and the person responsible at the sponsoring agency indicating their willingness to assume the task of supervision.
  • The completed Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here).

NB: The "Student Acceptance" form must be completed & signed for Approval Forms to be processed.

Please note that students usually register for EAST 499, Internship: EAS, the term following completion of the internship.


A grade for the internship will be assigned by the faculty supervisor based on:

  • The quality of the research paper. This will ordinarily be worth 25% of the course grade, and will be graded by the faculty supervisor.
  • The quality of the written work materials, such as work diary, copies of memoranda, correspondence, or papers produced; or a shorter paper assessing the learning value of the internship. This will ordinarily be work 50% of the course grade, and will be graded by a faculty supervisor.
  • A performance assessment. This will ordinarily be worth 25% of the course grade, and shall be provided by the student’s supervisor at the sponsoring organization.

Internship Resources - Databases

Click here to access the database of internship opportunities. Please note that a valid McGill ID and Minerva PIN are required to access the database.


Department of East Asian Studies Administrative Office
For departmental contact information, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/eas/

Anne Turner
Internship Officer
Faculty of Arts, McGill University
Leacock Building, Room 307
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal Quebec, Canada H3A 2T7
Tel: 514-398-2916
Fax: 514-398-8049
Email: anne [dot] turner [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Anne Turner)