Frequently Asked Questions: Applying to a Faculty of Arts Internship
This page refers to questions about applying to internships administered by the Arts Internship Office listed at www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/find/mcgill and does not pertain to internships found on the Internship Database, or elsewhere.
Further, these FAQs do not pertain to the Pascale International Fellowship with the Clinton Foundation which has different application deadlines and procedures. Students interested in these opportunities should consult:Pascale Fellowship with the Clinton Foundation Internship Program: http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/pascale-clinton.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where can I find the descriptions of these internships?
PDF versions of the internship postings are available for download at http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/find/mcgill. These describe the internship host organization, student qualifications and other important information. Please read the postings over carefully before applying.
Who is eligible for the internships offered by the AIO?
The internships are open to U2 and U3 students (when applying). However, the AIO will not turn away applications from U1 students who feel they are exceptionally qualified. Students must be returning to their studies at McGill in the semester following the internship (i.e. Fall 2014).
What do I need to submit when applying for an Arts Internship?
Students must submit their application in person and by e-mail.
In person, to Leacock room 307:
- One copy of the application form found at: http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/forms/.
- Cover Letter addressed to Anne Turner, explaining your motivations for applying and why you are good candidate. One page max.
- C.V. (résumé) – 2 pages max.
- Official McGill transcript printed in a sealed envelope (note: This must be ordered on Minerva in advance).
By e-mail to documents [dot] aio [at] mcgill [dot] ca from your Official McGill E-mail Address:
- The application form saved as firstname.lastname_application.doc (e.g.: james.mcgill_application.doc)
- Cover Letter and C.V.
Please submit your CV and Cover Letter together in one document.
Please use the following file-name format: firstname.lastname_CV (e.g.: jane.mcgill_CV.doc or jane.mcgill_CV.pdf)
The AIO will only consider applications received from students’ official McGill e-mail account.
For some internships in Quebec: please also include a French version of your C.V. and cover letter.
For all internships in Mexico or Panama: please also include a Spanish version of your C.V. and cover letter.
What are the language requirements for the internships?
Language requirements are specified in each posting. Most internships in Quebec require a high to fluent proficiency in French. All internships in Mexico and Panama require intermediate to high competency in spoken and written Spanish.
Where can I get help with my CV and Cover Letter?
McGill’s Career Planning Service is the best resource for writing strong C.V.s and cover letters. They have advisors that can help you with your applications. See http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/ for more information.
How do I order a printed copy of my Official Transcript?
This must be ordered on Minerva:
Student tab > Student records > Request Printed/Official Transcript > Option 2: For pick-up.
These can take up to 10 days to be prepared. You will not receive notification when they are ready for pick-up.
Official Transcripts are picked-up at the McGill Service Point.
Can I apply for more than one internship?
Yes. However, only apply for internships you have a strong interest in. If you are applying for more than one internship, please submit a targeted CV and Cover Letter for each internship you are applying for.
Only one official transcript and one application form are necessary.
What are the deadlines for applying?
November 25, 2013 for international internships administered by the AIO (outside Canada and the USA)
January 27, 2014 for internships administered by the AIO within Canada and the USA.
These deadlines are not related to the awards or credit processes. Students apply for awards or get approved credit AFTER being accepted as an intern and BEFORE leaving for their internship.
What is the application timeline?
See the table below. Please note that these dates are approximate.
Some deadlines may be extended, lengthening the selection process.
Only students selected for interviews will be contacted.
|AIO internships outside Canada and US||AIO internships within the US and Canada|
|Deadline||End of November||End of January|
|Shortlist selection for interview||Early December||Early February|
|Interviews||Early to mid December||Mid February|
|Applications forwarded to host organizations||Early January||Mid - late February|
|Selection and notification||February - March||March - April|
Where can I find information about students who have interned in previous years?
It is highly recommended that you read reports from students who have interned in previous years, prior to applying. We compile past interns’ reports in binders in the AIO (LEA 307) organized by geographical region. They can also be found online at http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/experiences/.
Is there funding available for internships?
Yes. The Arts Internship Office offers Internship awards to help off-set the costs associated with internships. More information at www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/awards/apply.
Is it possible to receive academic credit for an internship?
Yes. Many departments and programs in the Faculty of Arts offer internship credit courses. Some eligibility restrictions apply. For more information see: http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/credit/
Who ultimately selects the interns?
The host organizations are responsible for the final selection of their interns. This is an important decision and may take some time.
If I am not selected for an internship administered by the AIO, are there other resources that can help me secure an opportunity?
Yes. The AIO is happy to help all students as they pursue internship opportunities. If you are not selected, we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss further options. Students who successfully obtain internships outside of the AIO are eligible to apply for internship awards and credit.