The MOS program offers an Industry Internship Program (IIP) for students interested in practical experience prior to graduation. As interns, students spend 12 to 16 months working in industry between their third and fourth years of their Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS) degree.
Any MOS student who is completing third year, has at least a 70% average in second year and is permitted to work in Canada, may enrol in the program.
Western Campus and affiliates have placed students with employers that have included IBM, Research in Motion (RIM), Canada Revenue Agency, Syncrude and Hamilton Port Authority.Students have held positions as
- purchasing and buyer support
- plans and control analyst
- sales specialist
- financial analyst
- bilingual marketing and customer service coordinator
- campus programs and events coordinator
- internal tax auditor
- appeals officer
- human resources coordinator
Many companies recruit students upon completion of the internship and graduation. The internship opportunities are posted through Career Central (now part of The Student Success Centre) during the November to July period. These internship jobs are reserved for students enrolled in IIP. Each company competitively interviews student candidates on campus and then makes job offers to the students through The Student Success Centre during the mid February period. In addition to industry job postings, students may find their own employment. These positions must involve degree related work experience.
Many employers find that this program is even better than a traditional co-op program as it gives the employer a longer time to assess the students and the students are able to work on advanced projects and see them through from beginning to end. The students feel that they are better motivated and have a well-crystallized plan for their careers after gaining valuable work experience and contacts in the industry.