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Ten past interns at the Annual Faculty of Arts Internship event

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COVID-19 Updates

For the most up-to-date McGill University Information and FAQs on COVID-19, please visit the Coronavirus updates website.

The suspension of University-sponsored travel and international activities that had been in place since March 2020 was lifted on October 22, 2021 following the Government of Canada’s announcement that the global travel advisory had been lifted.

Despite this, traveling during a pandemic poses additional risks and challenges that must be taken into account when contemplating and planning travel.

Guidelines for travel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic | Coronavirus information - McGill University

 

Video: Internship Information Session

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

Here is your comprehensive, step-by-step, internship training timeline to find your summer internship, apply for it, succeed at it, and use it to launch your career. This timeline includes timely workshops, info sessions, and mentorship events throughout the academic year to help you through each step of your search and your internship. Brought to you by the Arts Internship Office and the Internship Offices Network, in partnership with McGill’s Career Planning Services (CaPS) and Youth + Entrepreneurship Montreal (YES).

Details for all events can be found on our event page!

Timeline of Arts Internship Office events and workshops.

For topics covered during key training sessions PDF icon internship_training_opportunities_aioion.pdf.

 

 

 

 

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