Looking to hire exceptional talent from Western University?  

Consider hiring a Western PhD student through the new Graduate Student Internship Program!

PhD candidates at Western University undergo intensive academic and professional development training, including the Own Your Future program, helping them develop an advanced set of skills. Western’s PhDs are well equipped to find innovative solutions to new and emerging industry challenges.

The intent behind Western's Graduate Student Internship Program is to give highly capable and motivated students the chance to use their advanced skillsets in diverse workplace settings. The work can be project-based or can be designed around specific duties the employer wishes to accomplish on a regular basis. The work does not need to tie in directly to the student’s academic field but it certainly can.

By hiring a PhD student as an intern, you will be able to utilize their advanced abilities while also providing them the opportunity to further develop in the following areas:

  • Innovation
  • Analytic and Critical Thinking
  • Project Management
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Agile Learning
  • Employee Engagement

Internship requirements:

  • Paid, meaningful work experiences
  • Full-time
  • 4-, 8-, or 12- months in length
  • January, September, and May start times preferred (exceptions can be made where necessary)

Internship Expectations:

  • Extend all job offers through the Graduate Student Internship Coordinator.
  • Provide accurate and complete information on job responsibilities, compensation, and benefits.
  • Assign a mentor or supervisor to the student to oversee work and provide feedback.
  • Work with the student to establish learning outcomes for the internship.
  • Provide active and continuous supervision and feedback.
  • Orient the student to the internship site and any site-specific policies (i.e., confidentiality).
  • Provide the student with suitable work space, equipment, and training to achieve their learning outcomes.
  • Complete midterm and final evaluations as required.
  • Maintain regular communication with Western University Internship Coordinator throughout the internship, and report to the Coordinator any concerns related to the student’s performance.
  • Model ethical practice and refrain from any inappropriate or unethical behavior to the student.