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Faculty of Arts Internship Office

The Faculty of Arts Internship Office

The Faculty of Arts Internship Office assists undergraduate and graduate students who wish to pursue short-term internship opportunities (8 to 12 weeks) before completing their studies. All returning students in the Faculty of Arts are welcome to attend our events, visit our office during drop-in hours, or make an appointment to meet with an advisor who can help them identify internships suited to their educational and career objectives. Please note that the Arts Internship Office's mandate is to advise returning Faculty of Arts students. Students from other faculties should visit the Internship Offices Network website for information about internships and internship programs.

The Internship Office assists students who wish to find their own internships. It also endeavors to build long-term partnerships with organizations in Canada and abroad in order to establish unique internship opportunities for Arts students. These positions are advertised on campus throughout the year and on our mailing list and website. Our website also provides students with access to internship postings and a database of over 600 host organizations with preexisting internship programs. 

Announcing: The 2014 Faculty of Arts Internship Awards - Second Round

A second round of Arts Internship Awards is now open for application.

The deadline is Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

This application round is not open to students who applied during the first round of Faculty of Arts Internship Awards on March 18, 2014. Only open to students with internships confirmed after March 17, 2014.

For information on applying to these awards, please see http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/awards/apply2

Arts Research Internship Awards ARIA Summer 2014

Application deadline: March 31, 2014, Leacock 307

Established by Dean Christopher P. Manfredi in 2010, the purpose of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA) is to support undergraduate students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students contribute to the professor’s research agenda while gaining useful academic research skills. The ARIA program is supported by generous contributions from McGill alumni, the Dean of Arts and the Arts Undergraduate Society.

For program information see: http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-undergraduate-research/

List of Upcoming Workshops for Interns:





MARCH 27TH, 2014

Cross-Cultural Workshop (for Internships outside Canada, the U.S., and Europe)

5:00pm-8:30pm, Coach House (3715 Peel  Street), Room 200

This workshop will cover themes such as: strategies to improve cross-cultural communication; professional and social behavior; country context and its impact on professional and personal objectives; stages of adaptation and for managing the stress of culture shock; health and safety, etc. This is a mandatory event for students who will be interning in developing regions.



APRIL 3rd, 2014

International Internship Experience Panel

12:00pm-2:00pm, Arts Building, Room 160

This event is your opportunity to speak with previous international interns about their experience at international host organizations.





APRIL 7th, 2014

Success in a Professional Environment

1:30pm-4:00pm, YES Montreal Office (666 Sherbrooke St. W, suite 700, Montreal, across from Roddick Gates)

Hosted by YES Montreal in conjunction with the Arts Internship Office, this session will offer invaluable advice for internships in an office environment. Learn how to avoid common mistakes and have a successful internship, improve your interpersonal communication in an office environment etc. This workshop is made possible through the generous support of the Faculty of Arts Tarr-Chevrefils Student Advising Fund.




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APRIL 10TH, 2014

University-Wide Pre-Departure Orientation Session

5:30pm-8:00pm, Leacock Building, Room 132

At this session you will hear from McGill and Canadian government officials about consular services, regional safety, health, and travel tips; participate in regional break-out sessions where you’ll meet country specialists and students from those regions; and mingle with other students who are studying abroad. This session is mandatory for all students who will be interning outside of Canada during summer 2014.





APRIL 24TH, 2014

Reception for Arts Internship Award Recipients (Including ARIA Recipients)

5:00pm-7:00pm, Leacock building, Room 307.

This reception is an opportunity to meet and celebrate with fellow award recipients, as well as to get some last minute tips on how to be a successful intern.  Attendance is mandatory, as official photos will also be taken at this event.





Debriefing Session for Students Interning outside Canada and the U.S., and Europe

A debriefing session serving as a follow-up to the Cross-Cultural Workshop will be held in September. This is intended for those who interned outside of Canada, the United States, and Europe.





Annual Internship Event

Award recipients are encouraged to attend and participate in this event. The Annual Internship Event provides interns with an opportunity to discuss their internship experience with students and faculty. One of the most important roles of interns in the Faculty of Arts Internship Program is to give back to the next group of interns.

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.

Finding an Internship

Find an Internship
Attend AIO events and workshops held throughout the year.
Stay informed: like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, and sign up on our mailing list.
Browse the internship opportunities administered through the AIO.
Search for internships on the internship database.
Use ION's interactive guide to finding an internship.
Take a look at the Internship Offices Network list of internship postings on- and off-campus.
Talk to students who have completed internships in the past and read about their internship experiences.
Tap connections with friends and family.
Mention your interests to professors and other people who work in fields that interest you. Ask for their suggestions and guidance.
Search the web:  It may seem overwhelming at first but careful searches can yield a lot of information.
Phone the organizations:  Do not rely on e-mail alone when approaching organizations. Phone organizations and speak to someone to determine what opportunities exist. Make sure to get the name and contact information of the person responsible for interns.

Internship Awards

Arts Internship Awards have been established through the generous support of McGill alumni to help students gain practical experience through an internship. Administered through the Dean's Office in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts Internship Office, these awards are designed to provide partial funding to assist students with travel and other expenses related to their internship.

For more information about the:
Arts Internship Awards, please click here.
Arts Research Internship Awards, please click here.

Academic Credit for an Internship

Arts Internships allow undergraduate and graduate students to obtain practical experience in their field prior to graduation. Students who pursue approved internships may also gain up to 3 credits towards their degree upon the completion of a major topical paper.

For more information, please visit the academic credit section of our website here.

Internship Timeline

Look for Internship Opportunities
See the internships postings for Summer 2014 Fall 2013
Browse through the internship database Fall 2013
Read internship reports from past interns Fall 2013
Drop by our office during drop-in hours or make an appointment Throughout the year
Come to the 10th Annual Arts Internship Event & Fair September 25, 2013
Attend the 2013 Internship Opportunities Session (university-wide) November 5, 2013
See what past interns have experienced at our Photo Exhibit October 15 to November 5, 2013
Go to the 4th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event February 6, 2014
Prepare Your Internship Application
Register for the Internship C.V. (resume) Workshop October 8, 2013
Register for the Internship Cover Letter Workshop October 9, 2013
Attend the How to Apply to International Internships Information Session October 29, 2013
Attend the How to Apply to Internships in Canada & the USA Information Session January 7, 2014
Make an appointment with CaPS to get help with your application Throughout the year
Apply to the Internship
Application deadline for international internships administered by the AIO November 25, 2013
Application deadline for internships in Canada & the USA administered by the AIO January 27, 2014
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 January 21, 2014
Application deadline for Arts Internship Awards March 17, 2014
Application deadline for the Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA) March 31, 2014
Prepare for Your Internship
Attend the Meeting for AIO Interns March 13, 2014
Register for the Success in a Professional Environment Internship Workshop March 24, 2014
Come to the Cross-Cultural Workshop April 3, 2014
Attend the University-Wide Pre-Departure Orientation April 10, 2014
Take part in the Reception for Award Recipients April 23, 2014
Do Your Internship
Complete an 8 to 12 week internship (may vary) Mid-May to Early August (may vary)
Debrief on Your Internship
Hand-in internship follow-up documentsn September 5, 2014
Attend the Post-Internship Debriefing Session September 10, 2014
Share Your Experience & Stay In Touch
Attend events and share your experience Throughout the year
Join the Arts Internship Alumni Network After your internship