East Asian Studies - EAST 499

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.

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
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