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Industrial Relations

Internship courses in the McGill Faculty of Arts provide a vehicle to pursue approved internships to gain up to 3 credits towards their degrees. These Internships are to allow students in the Faculty of Arts to gain experience in areas relevant to their fields of study. They involve a minimum of 150 hours of work in a host institution approved by the student's home department or program. Internship placements can be arranged in any term, or may stretch over two terms; the Department expects that many will be completed over the summer months. Because of the heavy workload involved, students should NOT undertake an internship or the internship course with a full course load. The amount of work involved in working the required hours and completing the academic paper is comparable to two courses.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to U2 and U3 Industrial Relations (Arts) 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 3.0 and permission from the departmental Internship Advisor are required. This course will normally not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses.

Proposing an Internship (Practicum)

Students wishing to undertake an internship must submit a formal proposal to this effect, well in advance of the proposed starting date. It is the student’ s responsibility to submit the proposal early enough so that it can be approved before the start of the internship (min. 2 weeks).This proposal must be approved by the Chair of the Industrial Relations program.

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 including the name of the supervisor to whom the student will be accountable, and a letter indicating the willingness of the responsible person and sponsoring agency to assume the task of supervision (including assessment of work performance).
  • A proposal for an associated academic paper.
  • A completed Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here) submitted to the Industrial Relations program advisor.

Registering for an Internship - INDR 499

Please note that the restrictions/prerequisites must be fulfilled before a student is permitted to register for this course. Once these conditions are met and the approval forms have been signed, the student will then register for the course on Minerva. Internships can be completed over the fall, winter or summer semester. Internships are normally completed over the summer, students register for the internship course 499 for the fall semester.

All internships must be pre-approved, students cannot request approval after the internship has been completed.

Work to be Completed

  • A major topical paper that discusses an aspect of the internship from an academic perspective (20-25 pages).
  • A letter from the supervisor at the institution attesting to successful completion of the student's tenure.


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

  • The quality of the research paper (approximately 20-25 pages) This will ordinarily be worth 75% of the course grade, and will be graded by the 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 Opportunities

Please refer to the CAPS website for a listing of available internships. Students are responsible for finding their own internships. A few openings will be available in Montreal.


Industrial Relations Program Chair
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Industrial Relations Program Adviser
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