What is an Internship?
An internship is a pre-professional work experience that provides students, recent graduates, and those seeking to change careers with the opportunity to gain experience in a particular career field. They can be a temporary work placement after graduation, a full time position during the summer or a part-time job during the academic year.
Why Hire an Intern?
- Internships provide employers with a reservoir of students from which permanent personnel can be hired. Insightful recruiters plan ahead!
- Interns can be a source of cost effective labour as they are less expensive than full-time permanent employees
- Interns bring in fresh and innovative ideas as well as enthusiasm to the workplace
- By contributing to the educational process of the intern, you develop vibrant, dynamic and closer ties between your industry and the university
For Students, internships
- Provide a way of learning skills and acquiring the experience needed to be successful in the job market
- Offer a valuable bridge between the world of school and the world of work
- Help to provide networking opportunities
For Employers, internships
- Bring cutting edge technology/applications learned in a university setting to your organization
- Allow you to give projects to interns that your current staff are too busy to tackle
- Allow your organization to receive recognition as a leader who enhances youth employability
Canadian Association of Career Educators & Employers (CACEE) Statement on Unpaid Internships
At CaPS we believe students should be remunerated for productive work.
CaPS does not post unpaid internships/opportunities unless the organization is not for profit. We may post unpaid internships for NGOs / NPOs, and these must be indicated as unpaid. Note that if your organization requires a fee for registration or participation, this must be indicated in the job description.
Upon approval, these opportunities will include the following statement:
A message from CaPS: CaPS does not guarantee that the university / your faculty will recognize this opportunity as an official internship. This is an unpaid or volunteer opportunity and/or requires a fee for participation. CaPS encourages students to evaluate the benefits of this type of opportunity for themselves, and to consult our office or Internships for more information.
(N.B. If the intern displaces a regular, paid employee, the internship is likely illegal).
In addition to compensation, sought-after internship programs include:
- A clear job description and objectives
- Relevant training
- Consistent mentorship and supervision by a qualified professional
- Regular opportunities for the student to receive feedback
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact CaPS.
If you are looking for pay rates for student jobs, consult the following website:
- Student Rates of Pay (Government of Canada)
Internship Programs at McGill
For more information about faculty-specific programs, please consult: Faculty Internship Programs
For more information on internships, please contact:
Career Planning Service
Email: careers.caps [at] mcgill.ca