Experience is the bridge between your degree and successful transition to work. Outside of the classroom experience:
- gives you self- knowledge to feel confident about decisions,
- assists you in expanding your knowledge of occupational alternatives,
- helps you develop a network
- helps you learn workplace related skills.
Translate your interests into experience and try on something to discover if it is for you.
There are many different ways to build experience from clubs and extra-curricular involvement to practicum- based coursework, internship opportunities, job shadowing, on campus and community volunteering, to work/study abroad programs.
- Join a club, lead a club or become part of King’s Student Council
KUSC: Clubs, Executive, Off Campus Don, Soph
- Become an academic mentor or join the King’s academic mentoring program as a participant:
King's Academic Mentoring Program (KAMP)
- Become a peer guide for an international student or join the program
International Peer Guide Program
- Work on campus through King’s Work Study program
- Ask a faculty member about becoming a volunteer research assistant
- Take a course with an experiential focus that takes you outside of the classroom
(See Community Engaged Learning Course Offering at King's below)
- Become a peer tutor with the Write Place
As a King’s students you also have access to resources at western. http://westernusc.ca/clubs/
- Search on line using PILLAR non -profit to identify many different kinds of volunteer work. Opportunities are updated regularly so check often for new possibilities.
- Explore information London an online directory of social services in the London and surrounding area. If you have an interest in working with a specific population, issue or service area this resource will help you find organizations that match your goals.
- Create a profile on Career Central to explore local volunteer opportunities posted on Westerns career and student experience portal.
- Create a profile with My World Abroad and explore resources to support you in every aspect of developing your global IQ
My World Abroad
- Go on Exchange for a summer or a whole year learn in another country King’s international has partnerships with other universities all over the world!
- Choose a course that takes you out of the classroom—get a credit toward your degree and travel abroad.
Curricular Engaged Learning Opportunities
Management and Organizational Studies
Students enrolled in the MOS program who meet the minimum requirements are eligible for a 12 to 16 month Industry Internship program between their third and fourth years of study.
School of Social Work
Students in both the Bachelor and Masters of Social Work programs participate in field placements as a core part of their programs.
This is a Canadian resource that includes a comprehensive list of Canadian, American, and international internships opportunities searchable by interests: technology, environmental, child related, humanitarian, Canadian Government etc. It also includes useful advice about maximizing the career development potential of an internship, application tips etc.
Exchanges Canada: Youth Forums
provides opportunities for Canadians to connect with one another, have a better understanding of various different cultures, as well as information on various exchange programs and exchange related activities in Canada and aboard
This is a long standing youth volunteer service program. The program has a strong focus on community development and has been recently redesigned with programs in three primary areas : 1) eco internships for those interested in internships with non-profit or public environmental organizations 2)socio- internships for those interested in opportunities to work within healthy lifestyle or wellness areas such as mental health, nutrition and physical activity and 3) a program specifically targeted at indigenous youth who want to develop skills to successfully pursue post-secondary education and future employment.
Young Canada Works: Careers in Heritage and Careers in French and English
These are federal government internships targeting unemployed or underemployed college or university graduates. The opportunities are designed for graduates with and interest in heritage fields, museology, library, conservation science, arts administration and/or developing abilities to work in both French and English. Opportunities are both national and international.
Available to university graduates from all disciplines. Interns will work as assistants to the Members of Parliament on both sides of the House of Commons conducting and sharing research on Parliament and Canadian politics.
Ontario Internship Program
This Ontario Public Service two year internship program is available to recent graduates of college and university. Opportunities are available in a wide variety of areas including
- Business and Financial Planning
- Human Resources
- Information and Information Technology
- Labour Relations
- Policy Development
- Program and Service Delivery
Ontario Legislature Internship Program
This 10 month program is open to recent graduates of Canadian universities from all disciplines. Interns are assistants to back bench members of parliament. The program provides interns with an opportunity to understand the day to day workings of the Ontario legislature.
Search for humanitarian internship opportunities with non- profit organizations from all over the world. Note that you can narrow or expand your search parameters by geographical area or by putting “everywhere” in the search box.
Unicef Internship Program
This program is available to current post-secondary students (undergrad, graduate or Ph.D.). Opportunities available are diverse and reflect the full range of the organizations mandate including program and policy, focused on their work for the children, operations which includes support for programs, external relations which includes communication and advocacy and emergency response.
Search for international internships by particular destination, general region, field of work or length of stay. Site includes plenty of helpful advice about the process of selecting and applying for internships.
United Nations Internships
These 2 to 6 month internships are designed to give students who are interested in diplomacy and public policy a solid understanding of the day to day working environment of the United Nations. The program is open to undergraduates and graduate level students currently enrolled or within one year of graduation. Undergraduates must be in their final year of study.
International Volunteer Programs Association
IVPA is a non- profit accrediting organization that markets international volunteer opportunities on behalf of independent member organizations. All the member organizations have met IVPA standards standards/criteria for responsible and ethical volunteering abroad.
Washington Internship Institute
Internship opportunities are available in government offices, non-profit organizations and for profit companies. Students applying must be in the upper year of their degree program or within a year of graduating. Be sure and read the applying as an international student section.
|Political Science||POL 3357E||Erin Hannah/Thomas Tieku||Course cross listed with POL 3369F & POL 4421G & POL 2225G||Students will travel to Paris, Brussels and Genva to meet with officials working at major international organizations including but not limited to; EU, NATO, OECD, UNESCO, UNDP, UNCTAD, WHO, WTO, South Centre, MSF, Oxfam, ICTSD, IISD|
|POL 3369F||Erin Hannah/Thomas Tieku||Course cross listed with POL 3357E & POL 4421G & POL 2225G|
|POL 4421G||Erin Hannah/Thomas Tieku||Course cross listed with POL 3357E & POL3369F & POL 2225G|
|POL 2225G||Erin Hannah/Thomas Tieku||Course cross listed with POL 3357E & POL3369F & POL 4421G|
|Social Justice and Peace Studies||SJPS 3310G||Thomas Tieku||Students will travel to Tanzania|
This community based learning course is a required course for all SJPS modules with the exception of the minor where it is optional.
Special Topics Course in London Council Mentorship, first time being offered in 2016-2017 academic year.
|SJPS 3311G||Thomas Tieku||Students will travel to the Domincan Republic|
|English||ENG 3998E||Dorothy Nielson||Lectures are complemented by "Learn by Doing" exercises where students become critics as they workshop other writers' work. By the end of the semester one student will present their work at a college wide Wine and Cheese event.|
|Psychology||PSYCH 4692E||Cathy Chovaz||Through seminars and participation in supervised placements in selected community settings, students will be introduced to the integration of psychologyical knowledge with human services practice.|
|Philosophy and Religious Studies||
Practicum No. 1
Practicum Placement in Local Schools for CST Program
|JoAnn MacGregor||Practicum No. 2|
|JoAnn MacGregor||Practicum No. 3|
|Fr. Michael Bechard||
This course brings students to Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nations community to settle in and engage with residents in an aboriginal community.
|Interdisciplinary Studies||CSI 3395A||Sally McNamee||Exchange based program where students and faculty from Malmo and London exchange to learn about Canadian practices and theories of childhood.|
|CSI 3393A||Rachel Harrison||This exchange is facilitated by CSI and is a three week opportunity to bring together Canadian and English students for a seminar discussing childhood and social institutions with a focus on social and educational policy.|
|CSI 3396A||Pamela Hurley||Field research allows students to examine selected methodolgies and methods for engaging children in consultations intended to contribute to the creation of a new London Children's Museum when it relocates.|
|Economics, Business and Match||MOS 3390B||Sergio Janczac||This trip is designed for up to 14 students to travel to France and Spain to learn about international business.|
|School of Social Work||SW 9800||Advanced Practicum and Integration Seminar
MSW students complete an advanced practicum in a human service agency, and receive field instruction and supervision from a Master’s qualified practitioner and a faculty consultant from the School of Social Work. The Canadian Association for Social Work Accreditation requires completion of a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice. Students are in the field three days per week for two academic terms, or an equivalent block placement.
While engaged in the practicum, small groups of students meet bi-weekly (weekly for block placements) for a two-hour integration seminar under the supervision of a faculty consultant. Seminars focus on student identified case analysis and are modeled after peer supervision sessions.
|SW 3320Y||This practicum requires 225 hours of supervised practice in an approved human services setting. It is intended to be an introduction to social work practice, which includes integration of theory and practice, for 3rd year BSW students. Students are in the field commencing January – April or a block option is available which is offered mid-April to end of May.|
|SW 4400||This practicum requires a minimum of 500 hours of supervised practice in an approved human services setting. As a continuum of learning, the 4th year practicum is intended to build upon previous knowledge acquired in 3rd year with respect to social work practice, application of course work, and integration of theory and practice. Students are in the field commencing September to April.|
|SW 4430A||All students must attend an in person AA group and report back on the experience|
|SW 3301A||Role Plays, Standardized Patients|
|SW 4424A||Transnational social work class (SW 4424) involves a couple of site visits, guest speakers, skype conversations with international experts. We also engaged in a photovoice activity this term which will result in photo postcards being sent to Pine Channel youth.|
|SW 3301A||Four Standardized patients come to class, as well as other interviewing activities in class time.|
Course on Workplace Learning
Practicum in Thanatology
There are variety of competitions and challenges offered to undergraduate students. This is a great way to enhance skills, build a network and apply learning to potentially solve real-world problems. This list provides some example available.
Open to submissions of applied research projects that use statistical/analytical techniques to solve real world problems or methodological research projects involving statistical applications.
Western University is hosting this challenge and inviting universities around the globe to present their solutions to issues on a global scale. Top teams present their research in London, ON in June, 2018. Check out their website and social media for the most up-to-date information.
An eight-week action learning program offered each academic quarter for business school students to integrate their business knowledge to solve a real innovation & growth issue for a senior executive from a company.
This international art competition, open to anyone over 18, is held in the fall each year and gives young artists a chance to share their work in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Open to all fine arts, including 2-D, 3-D, time-based or installation artwork and performance.
This competition based program encourages students from across disciplines to think differently about social and environmental change. Students are asked to select a social or environmental issue. Students are required to explore, probe and research all the connecting elements and factors around it and present an issue back in way that people can understand, share, and learn.
The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s leading undergraduate awards programme which recognises top undergraduate work, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines.
The Great Canadian Sales Competition (GCSC) introduces and educates more than 2,000 university and college students each year on sales as a potential career path. Along the way, these young Canadians develop real world business and sales skills, learn about some of the hottest and best established companies and many meet their first employer!
The Governor’s Challenge simulates the monetary policy decision-making process by putting students in the role of advisor to the Bank’s Governing Council. Participating university teams must analyze and forecast economic developments and recommend whether to raise the Bank’s key interest rate, lower it, or leave it unchanged – in order to keep inflation low and stable – in line with the 2% inflation target.
Open to Canadian students 16-18 years old who demonstrate leadership and achievement in innovation and community engagement in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Funded by NSERC, there are five awards and each is $25,000.
The ICSE is having its Student Research Competition and student winners will travel to present their research at the conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.
A competition to recognize student papers that have contributed to the field of operational research. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.