McGill offers a vast number of internships to students over the summer, for which some students may obtain 3 credits by completing a research paper/course the semester following their internship. Internships are a great way to explore career opportunities, expand skill sets, gain valuable experience, and establish pertinent contacts in the field related to a student's program of study. 

A number of interdisciplinary programs offer internship courses (usually 400-level to be completed the summer prior to the last academic year at McGill). Please consult each program page to see the course options. 

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;
  • and supervision to guide and mentor the intern. 

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

(Taken from the Arts Internship website

The Faculty of Arts Internship Program is an invaluable source of information on internships. There you will find information on how to find an internship, obtaining academic credit, Arts Internship Awards, travel guidlines, etc. 

How do I register for an internship course?

Each student wishing to complete an internship course must complete all of the paperwork required by the Faculty of Arts Internship Office. Once it has been completed, the supervisor has signed off, and the internship office has signed off, please bring it to the 688 Sherbrooke Administrative Service Centre to have the Program Director sign off on your internship. After that, your permit to register in the internship course can be processed.

It is important to note that internships must be approved before they start.  Internships cannot be approved retroactively under any circumstances. Students register for the internship course the semester after the internship has been completed. (Namely, if the internship is completed during the summer, students register in the Fall semester for the internship and complete their research paper during that semester).