Enriched Educational Opportunities Bursaries (EEO)

Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEOs) are high quality mobility or work experience opportunities that take place outside of the classroom; they foster self-development and can help students transition successfully to the workplace or graduate studies.

The Faculty of Arts Internship Office will determine which opportunities shall be eligible for this bursary program. These may include unpaid (or insufficiently paid to cover cost outlay) internships and research internship opportunities, depending on faculty-based priorities. They may be in-person or remote, local (off-campus and not at McGill-affiliated hospital or research institute) within Canada or abroad.

    When to Apply

    The bursary is available at any time in the academic year, but all steps should be completed well in advance of the start of your internship. No approval will be granted after you have started your internship.

    Please note that internship hours during the Fall or Winter semester should normally be around 150 hours, 10-15 hours per week (maximum of 20 hours). Students who choose to do an internship during Fall/Winter semester, are encouraged to meet with an Arts Advisor prior to start of internship, to help better plan academic terms and ensure the internship does not interfere with your academic study.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Faculty of Arts Student eligibility for EEO bursaries is determined as follows:

    • Be enrolled in an undergraduate Faculty of Arts degree (B.A., B.A & Sc., BSW, B.Th.) and be returning to the Faculty of Arts in the same program the semester following your internship.
    • Full-time (or deemed full-time per government aid programs, due to disability or with young dependent children) in your EEO term, or at minimum in the term preceding the EEO term.
    • Demonstrate financial need for your standard costs of attendance. This typically means that Canadian or U.S. residents must apply for and receive the maximum government aid, or international students received or would receive in-course McGill bursaries/loans.
    • The internship must be recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR) - see below how to apply for a CCR approval letter.
    • Once EEO is completed, have proof of such for after-the-fact verification, with entry on the co-curricular record.
    • Please note the Arts Internship Office will not support fee based and third-party internship opportunities.

    Steps to apply for EEO - Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Approval Letter

    Please note: All steps should be completed well in advance of the start of your internship.
    No approval will be granted after you have started your internship.

    1. Check if the internship meets the requirements indicated in the What is an Internship? section below.
    2. Obtain a written confirmation of your internship from your host organization.
      • The written confirmation must include learning goals and outcomes, mentorship plan, hours per week, start and end date, and remuneration. If done in letter format, it must be signed by your host organization. If done by screenshot of email conversation, it must clearly show the sender, the recipient, and the date the email was sent.
    3. Contact the Student Aid Office and find out if you meet the EEO eligibility criteria.
    4. Submit an application for a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approval letter for your internship via this web form:   Co-Curricular Record - Approval Letter
    5. The Arts Internship Office will review, and prepare a CCR approval letter for you. The letter will indicate your internship has been approved by the Faculty of Arts; your internship will appear on your Co-Curricular Record
    6. Send the letter to the Student Aid Office and they will advise you how to submit the application for EEO. 
    7. Read the Interns Handbook (General Resources->Handbook).
    8. Within two weeks of the completion of the internship, the student emails a completion letter from their internship supervisor attesting to the successful completion of their internship to the Arts Internship Office. The letter must include the duration of the internship as well as the tasks performed. Email to aio [at] mcgill.ca.
      • The letter can be emailed directly from your internship supervisor or if sent via the student, it must be signed by the host organization. If done by email, the conversation must clearly show the sender, the recipient, and the date the email was sent.

    Decision times

    The processing time for the Arts Internship Office to review and process a CCR letter is around 2 weeks. If you have questions, please contact us at aio [at] mcgill.ca.

    Please note: All steps should be completed well in advance of the start of your internship. No approval will be granted after you have started your internship.

    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
    • Supervision to guide and mentor the intern
    • Through their internship, the student is able both to expand their horizons and to engage in a meaningful collaboration with their corporate or community organization for their mutual benefit.
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