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COVID-19 Updates

University-sponsored international travel and travel within Canada remain suspended until further notice. Learn more about university guidelines on Travel and Mobility. No travel is permitted for an internship. The Arts Internship Office is unable to fund or to issue documents related to internships that involve travel or in-person internships that are outside of Canada. For more information, please visit the Arts Internship Office's COVID-19 FAQ or write to aio [at] mcgill.ca.  

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.

Please note that internship hours during the fall and winter semester is normally 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, in order to help better plan academic terms and ensure the internship does not interfere with your academic study.

Approval from the Arts Internship Office is required before start of internship. No retroactive approval is accepted. To schedule an appointment with Arts Internship Office, please write to aio [at] mcgill.ca.

Voluntourism

It has been brought to our attention that for-profit “voluntourism” companies have been actively recruiting students. While students are free to take such tours at their own expense, this is not something that the Arts Internship Office can endorse by providing these firms a platform for selling their tours. Furthermore, these programs often perpetuate negative outcomes and dynamics within the communities they claim to support. For this reason, the Arts Internship Office prepares students as much as possible to go with the proper mindset and help ensure that the organizations they work with are both appropriate and willing recipients of our tremendously motivated students. Aside from the fact that such tours fall outside of our efforts to ensure a good learning experience for students, the fact that they often generate significant profits by charging our students steep charges is antithetical to the university’s teaching mission and runs the risk of generating a backlash in host countries that will only make it more difficult for us to find quality internships for our students.

Fee-based Organizations

Please note that the Arts Internship Office does not fund for-profit, third-party, student administered or fee-based organizations which find internships for you. These programs are not eligible for academic credit or recognition on the Co-Curricular Record.

 

Internship Timeline

LOOK FOR INTERNSHIPS  
Consult summer internship postings Fall
Browse through the internship database Fall
Drop by our office during drop-in hours or make an appointment Throughout the year
Come to the Annual Arts Internship Event September
Attend Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event January
PREPARE YOUR INTERNSHIP APPLICATION  
Attend the Internship CV (resume) Workshop November
Register for the Internship Cover Letter Workshop November
Attend the International Internship Information Session October
Attend the  Canada & US Internship Information Session January
Make an appointment with CaPS to get help with your application Throughout the year
APPLY TO THE INTERNSHIP  
Application deadline for international internships November
Application deadline for internships in Canada & the USA January
Application deadlines for other internships  Throughout the year
APPLY FOR AWARDS & ACADEMIC CREDIT   
Apply for academic credit Before the beginning of your internship
Application deadline for Arts Internship Awards March
Application deadline for the Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA) March
PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERNSHIP  
Attend the AIO Interns Meeting March
Register for the Success in a Professional Environment Internship Workshop April
Attend the Cross-Cultural Workshop & Interns Responsibilities and Guidelines Workshop March
Attend the University-Wide Pre-Departure Orientation April
Take part in the Reception for Award Recipients April
COMPLETE YOUR INTERNSHIP  
Complete an 8 to 12 week internship (may vary) Mid-May to Early August (may vary)
DEBRIEF  
Hand-in internship follow-up documents September
Attend the Post-Internship Debriefing Session September
SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE & STAY IN TOUCH  
Attend events and share your experience Throughout the year
Join the Arts Internship Alumni Network on LinkedIn After your internship
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