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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.
Find your own Internship
This can be done through directly contacting organizations where you are interested in pursuing and internship and attempting to get the contact information for someone responsible for hiring interns. Should you choose to go this route, persistence and patience are key. The average response rate is 3% to 5%. This is not to say that this route is impossible. Previous McGill interns have had considerable luck approaching target organizations. Nonetheless, it is important to begin your search with realistic goals. Click here to learn how to find your own internship.
Steps to an Effective Internship
This checklist is meant as a general guideline for internships. We recommend that students begin the process as early as possible in the school year.
Montreal Host Organizations
The McGill Internship Database, run by the Internship Offices Network, is a compilation of more than 700 host organizations with preexisting internship programs spanning over 85 areas of interest. Searchable by location, level of study and area of interest, it provides an excellent starting point for students searching for their ideal internship.
CaPS CV and Cover Letter Guides
The following comprehensive guides have been developed by CaPS to help you during the internship search process. You are encouraged to consult them as you write your CV or cover letter, prepare for an interview, job fairs.
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.
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.
The Archie Malloch Undergraduate Internships in Public Learning
Administered by the Faculty of Arts Internship Office
Intended for students entering the final year of their undergraduate programs, this award enables students to carry out a summer internship with a host organization. IPLAI has partnered with an excellent group of Montreal-based, Toronto-based and International organizations interested in arts, social policy and public engagement. Selected interns would be matched with host based on placement availability and student interests. See list below of past partner organizations.
- Value: $2000 to $2500 each
- Duration: minimum of 150 hours, between 1 May and 31 August
- Number of awards available: 4 (2 for Faculty of Arts students, 2 for all other faculties)
- Studying as an undergraduate student in any faculty
- Must be returning to McGill in the fall semester following the summer internship
Applicants should have a keen interest in inter-disciplinarity and the function and relevance of humanities scholarship beyond the academy. The internships will include an element of practical training and experience, but will focus on opportunities for intellectual development.
- Cover letter/statement of interest explaining how this internship would fit with the applicant’s goals for academic and professional development, and indicating which of the community partners he or she would most want to work with and why (1-2 pages)