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What is an Internship?

An internship is a pre-professional work experience that provides students, recent graduates, and those seeking to change careers with the opportunity to gain experience in a particular career field. They can be a temporary work placement after graduation, a full time position during the summer or a part-time job during the academic year.


Why Hire an Intern?

  • Internships provide employers with a reservoir of students from which permanent personnel can be hired. Insightful recruiters plan ahead!
  • Interns can be a source of cost effective labour as they are less expensive than full-time permanent employees
  • Interns bring in fresh and innovative ideas as well as enthusiasm to the workplace
  • By contributing to the educational process of the intern, you develop vibrant, dynamic and closer ties between your industry and the university

Internship Benefits

For Students, internships

  • Provide a way of learning skills and acquiring the experience needed to be successful in the job market
  • Offer a valuable bridge between the world of school and the world of work
  • Help to provide networking opportunities

For Employers, internships

  • Bring cutting edge technology/applications learned in a university setting to your organization
  • Allow you to give projects to interns that your current staff are too busy to tackle
  • Allow your organization to receive recognition as a leader who enhances youth employability

Guidelines

At CaPS we believe students should be remunerated for productive work.

We strongly encourage all employers, especially for-profit businesses, to offer compensation to interns, both as a recruitment tool (you will have more and better candidates applying) and also to avoid potentially contravening labour law.

(N.B. If the intern displaces a regular, paid employee, the internship is likely illegal).

In addition to compensation, sought-after internship programs include:

  • A clear job description and objectives
  • Relevant training
  • Consistent mentorship and supervision by a qualified professional
  • Regular opportunities for the student to receive feedback

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact CaPS.


Internship Programs at McGill

For more information about faculty-specific programs, please consult: Faculty Internship Programs

For more information on internships, please contact:

Jean Hepworth
Internship Coordinator
Tel: 514-398-3304 ext. 0598
Email: jean [dot] hepworth [at] mcgill [dot] ca