What is Internship Employment?
The Canadian Association for Internship Programs (CAFIP) defines an internship as “an extended period of time, typically 12 to 16 months of continuous duration, spent by a university student formally employed in a setting which provides work experience directly related to the student’s academic program and career objectives.”
At Western, students in Engineering, Science, and Management and Organizational Studies, have participated in an internship work term prior to graduation. Students leave school for a year to work for an employer who is offering a 12 or 16-month position which will provide career or education-related work experience.
Each year there are between 135-170 internship students employed in 12 and 16-month work terms with several major employers. Competitive annual salaries in the annual range of $35,000 to $40,000 are offered to students for internship positions.
What are the benefits of Internship Employment?
Employers definitely see the benefits of hiring and training students with three years of academic education to take on major projects and responsibilities. Both students and employers may find that there is a good match of interests leading to a full-time job offer after graduation. Internship students are regarded as regular employees taking on responsibilities beyond the typical duties assigned to co-op summer students with a shorter work period.
Student Responsibilities (based on CAFIP’s Best Practices Guidelines)
It is expected that the student will:
- provide accurate and appropriate information on their qualifications and interest when applying for positions.
- notify The Student Success Centre well in advance if interviews must be rescheduled or cancelled
- notify The Student Success Centre of acceptance or rejection of an offer within 48 hours
- honour the acceptance of the offer, since it is a contractual agreement with both the employer and the university
- be responsible and accountable
- respect safety and the environment
- demonstrate ethical and professional judgment
- be punctual, resourceful, adaptable, and productive
- recognize and respect the employer/employee relationship: communicate progress and areas of concern with the employer then notify The Student Success Centre and your MOS Coordinator