International Development Studies

Eligibility Requirements
Approval Procedure

Eligibility Requirements

The INTD 499 IDS Internship course is an optional complimentary thematic course. The internship course is only open to U2 and U3 students in good standing, normally after completing 30 credits of a 90 credit program or 45 credits of a 96 to 120 credit program. A minimum CGPA of 3.30 and permission from the departmental Internship Adviser are required. This course will normally not fulfil program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses.

NOTE: Students do not attain credit for participating in an internship. Students attain credit by writing a research project based on and inspired by their internship experience. This research paper is written after the internship is completed. The majority of Internships are in the summer time, students then write their research project in the fall term. Students will be registered in the INTD 499 in the fall term.

  1. Students must have participated in an internship relevant to International Development.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours on the internship.
  3. Students must find an academic supervisor at McGill who has agreed to work with them on their internship project during the fall term. Professors can be found from any faculty - IDS students are not limited to their IDS professors. The supervisor chosen must be a tenure-track Professor or Faculty Lecturer.

NOTE: ISID will NOT approve applications which are incomplete.

Approval Procedure

Once you have secured an internship position, complete the steps below if you wish to obtain internship course credit. Students MUST submit the two application forms found below BEFORE THEY START THEIR INTERNSHIP. No applications will be approved if a student submits the form after their internship experience has concluded. The ISID office is open during the summer months. Example: if the start date of your Internship is July 1st, the very latest that you can submit your form to the ISID office would be June 30th.

  1. Submit the ISID forms, found here.
    NOTE: It is wise that students do not wait until the very last minute to fill out the Internship form as a signature from their supervisor is required, as well as a signature from the Arts Internship Office. The ISID office will also accept an email confirmation from the Academic Supervisor in lieu of a signature. 
  2. Once the forms have been reviewed and approved by the ISID Undergraduate Program Director and/or the ISID Student Advising Administrator, students will be contacted via email with additional information and a Minerva permit to register for the course.
  3. Submit the Arts Internship Office web form (Internship Academic Credit Application Web Form) to submit your documents to the AIO. The Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (found in webform), must be signed by:
    • the Academic Supervisor,
    • the Faculty of Arts Internship Officer (AIO)
    • the Department (ISID Undergraduate Program Director and/or the ISID Student Advising Administrator)
    • the student


A grade for the internship will be assigned by the academic supervisor, based on the agreement initially made between the student and the academic supervisor.


International Development Studies Administrative Office
Institute for the Study of International Development
For departmental contact information, please click here.

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