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The INTD 499 IDS Internship course is an optional complimentary stream course. This course can count in ANY of the four Streams. Students who have attained an Internship through the Internships Office are eligible to take the INTD 499 Internship course. Students who have attained an Internship on their own, can also apply for credit. These students must get the approval of the Internship Office.

Eligibility Requirements

The Arts Internship is 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 120 credit program. A minimum CGPA of 2.7 and permission from the departmental Internship Adviser are required. This course will normally not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses.

NOTE: Students do not attain credit for participating in an Internship. Students attain credit by writing a research project based on and inspired by their Internship expereince. This research paper is writtten after the Internship is completed. Example: the majority of Internships are in the summer time. Students will then write their research project in the Fall term. Students will be registered in the INTD 499 in the Fall term.

  1. Students must have participated in an internship relevant to International Development, either in a Developing country. Students who partake in Internships in areas that are developed can also attain credit for INTD 499, if their Internship was with an organization, NGO etc. and their project/mandate/tasks/mission is relevant to the issues surrounding Developing countries.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours on the Internship.
  3. Students must find an academic supervisor at McGill who has agreed to work with them on their Internship project during the Fall term. Professors can be found from any faculty - IDS students are not limited to their IDS Professors.
  4. Students MUST submit the application form found below BEFORE THEY START THEIR INTERNSHIP. No applications will be approved if a students submits the form after their Internship experience has concluded. The ISID office is open during the summer months. Example: if the start date of your Internship is July 1st, the very latest that you can submit your form to the ISID office would be June 30th. NOTE: It is wise that students do not wait until the very last minute to fill out the Internship form as a signature from their supervisor is required, as well as a signature from the Arts Internship office is required aswell. The ISID office will also eaccept an email confirmation from the Academic Supervisor in lieu of a signature. The email must be printed and attached to the Internship form and then submitted to the ISID office.
  5. Once the form has been reviewed and approved by the ISID Director and/or the ISID Advisor, students will be contacted VIA EMAIL with additional information and a Minerva permit to register in the course.

NOTE: ISID will NOT approve applications which are incomplete.

Helpful hints on How to find a Supervisor to work with can be found on the IDS FAQ site: see FAQ #16

The INTD 499 IDS Internship course will be counted under the complimentary stream course options. The Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here) MUST be submitted to the ISID office for approval.


The Arts Internship course will provide a vehicle for allowing students who pursue approved internships to gain up to 3 credits towards their degrees.

Arts Internships allow students in the Faculty of Arts to gain experience in areas relevant to their fields of study. Arts internships involve a minimum of 150 hours of work in a host institution approved by the student's home department or program.

Research and internships focusing solely on Canadian First Nations cannot be included as part of an INTD program. This is because the program is defined by its international dimension and is not a development studies program per se. Research comparing Canadian First Nations with indigenous groups in other countries does meet this criteria and is unacceptable.

Work to be Completed

Students must submit the following documentation to their Academic Supervisor:

  1. Summary of internship activities with a description of the host institution (maximum 5 pages).
  2. A letter from the supervisor at the institution attesting to successful completion of the student's tenure.
  3. A major topical paper that discusses an aspect of the internship from an academic perspective (maximum 20 pages).

Approval Procedure

The Arts Internship requires approval by the IDS Program Director. The completed Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here) must be submitted before the beginning of the internship to the ISID office. The IDS director will approve internships as long as they are centrally concerned with development issues and contain the above-mentioned elements. The ISID Office will keep a record of approved projects but will leave the responsibility for follow-up and completion with the student and the supervisor. Any changes to topic and/or supervisor must be communicated to a IDS Program Adviser.

Human Subject Research

Course-based research projects that require students to conduct human subject research must receive ethics review and approval. These projects differ from research in that the intent is for the student to become more knowledgeable about the research process, rather than to contribute to generalizable knowledge. The results of the data are not intended for publication or presentation outside the classroom. The review of these applications may be delegated to the Research Ethics Board (REB) departmental representative and do not normally have to go to the regular REB. This review may not be used for projects carried out as part of a faculty member’s own research. Course projects that involve more than minimal risk, or involve minors or other vulnerable populations, must be reviewed by the REB.

To view the "Policy on the Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Human Subjects" and to complete the necessary paperwork please visit the Human Subject Research website.

Please note, no research project, including student research may begin before approval has been obtained from the REB. No research project will be granted retroactive approval.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submission of term work (i.e., the final paper is submitted to your supervisor for evaluation) is the last day of classes of the term in which you are registered for the course. This is a Faculty of Arts regulation.

Fall 2013 Term - Due date for final paper is December 3, 2013
Winter 2014 Term - Due date for final paper is April 11, 2014

For further information, contact:

International Development Studies Administrative Office
Institute for the Study of International Development
For departemental contact information, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/isid/undergraduate/intd

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)