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Internships

Internship postings

Find your own internship

What is an internship?

An internship is a short-term, hands-on, supervised work experience with a professional organization. It provides the student with an invaluable opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to real world problems and enables the student to broaden his or her understanding of the field.

An internship is more than a part-time job or volunteer experience; it includes:

  • Specific learning objectives designed to increase the student’s knowledge
  • Training to hone existing skills and develop additional ones
  • Supervision to guide and mentor the intern

Through their internship, the student is able both to expand their horizons and to engage in a meaningful collaboration with their corporate or community organization for their mutual benefit.

Internship timeline

LOOK FOR INTERNSHIPS  
Consult summer internship postings Fall
Browse through the internship database Fall
Read internship reports from past interns Fall
Drop by our office during drop-in hours or make an appointment Throughout the year
Come to the Annual Arts Internship Event September
Attend Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event January
PREPARE YOUR INTERNSHIP APPLICATION  
Attend the Internship CV (resume) Workshop November
Register for the Internship Cover Letter Workshop November
Attend the International Internship Information Session October
Attend the  Canada & US Internship Information Session January
Make an appointment with CaPS to get help with your application Throughout the year
APPLY TO THE INTERNSHIP  
Application deadline for international internships November
Application deadline for internships in Canada & the USA January
Application deadlines for other internships  Throughout the year
APPLY FOR AWARDS & ACADEMIC CREDIT   
Apply for academic credit Before the beginning of your internship
Attend the Faculty of Arts Internship Awards Information Session February
Application deadline for Arts Internship Awards March
Application deadline for the Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA) March
PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP  
Attend the AIO Interns Meeting March
Register for the Success in a Professional Environment Internship Workshop April
Attend the Cross-Cultural Workshop & Interns Responsibilities and Guidelines Workshop March
Attend the University-Wide Pre-Departure Orientation March
Take part in the Reception for Award Recipients April
COMPLETE YOUR INTERNSHIP  
Complete an 8 to 12 week internship (may vary) Mid-May to Early August (may vary)
DEBRIEF  
Hand-in internship follow-up documents September
Attend the Post-Internship Debriefing Session September
SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE & STAY IN TOUCH  
Attend events and share your experience Throughout the year
Join the Arts Internship Alumni Network After your internship

Find your own internship

This can be done through directly contacting organizations where you are interested in pursuing and internship and attempting to get the contact information for someone responsible for hiring interns. Should you choose to go this route, persistence and patience are key. The average response rate is 3% to 5%. This is not to say that this route is impossible. Previous McGill interns have had considerable luck approaching target organizations. Nonetheless, it is important to begin your search with realistic goals. Click here to learn how to find your own internship.

Please note that the Arts Internship Office does not fund third-party or fee-based organizations which find internships for you. Should you choose to go this route, you will be ineligible for funding.

Voluntourism

It has been brought to our attention that for-profit “voluntourism” companies have been actively recruiting students. While students are free to take such tours at their own expense, this is not something that the Arts Internship Office can even implicitly endorse by providing these firms a platform for selling their tours. For this reason, the Arts Internship Office prepares students as much as possible to go with the proper mindset and help ensure that the organizations they work with are both appropriate and willing recipients of our tremendously motivated students. Aside from the fact that such tours fall outside of our efforts to ensure a good learning experience for  students, the fact that they often generate significant profits by charging our students steep charges is antithetical to the university’s teaching mission and runs the risk of generating a backlash in host countries that will only make it more difficult for us to find quality internships for our students.

Fee-based organizations

Please note that the Arts Internship Office does not fund for-profit third-party or fee-based organizations which find internships for you. Students are not eligible to receive academic credit for internships through for-profit, third-party, or fee-based organizations which find internships for you.