About the Internship Program
Launch your career at full speed
Through Western’s Graduate Student Internship Program, you can apply your skills in a work environment. You will explore challenges beyond your degree program in a business, government institution, or not-for-profit organization. You’ll also lay the foundation for a professional career by sharpening your transferable skills and building your network.
Percy Sherwood, PhD Candidate, Media Studies
Western’s Graduate Student Internship Program supports graduate students in expanding their professional skills within and outside of their academic discipline. Internships are meaningful, full-time, paid work experiences, allowing graduate students to connect theory with practice and expanding professional portfolios. Find out more about how to register here.
A great first step is to check out the job search resources provided by Western's Career Education team. We encourage you to search for internships using LinkedIn, build your network through informational interviews, and follow employers' social media feeds. A select number of opportunities are posted on Western Connect. You must be registered for the Graduate Student Internship Program to view and apply for those opportunities. If you are looking for guidance on your internship search and would like to speak with a team member, please contact David Feeney at email@example.com.
Q: I read that internships are four, eight, or 12 months long. Why is that?
A: We strongly recommend you align your internship with Western's academic terms. Ideal start dates for internships are January 1, May 1, and September 1.
Q: How can I access the internship opportunities posted on Western Connect?
A: Visit Western Connect and register for the Graduate Student Internship Program. Navigate to the "Internship/Co-op" tab, click "Undergraduate and Graduate," and select "GIPD - Graduate Student Internships Program (Doctorate)." Please note that you will need your academic supervisor or graduate chair to support your internship at this step, so make sure you have a conversation with them first.
Q: What happens to my studies while I am doing my internship?
A: Internships are full-time, so you will need to apply for a leave of absence. While you are away on your internship, your studies are put on hold.
Q: While I still get funding during my internship?
A: Your employer will pay you a salary. All funding provided by the university will pause for the duration of your leave of absence and resume when you continue your studies. If you are receiving an external scholarship, please contact the funding organization to learn if a leave of absence will affect your eligibility.
Q: Will the internships show up on my transcript?
A: For now, your transcript will only show a leave of absence for the term or terms in which you are doing your internship. We are working on a solution that will note the internship on your transcript - please allow us some more time for that!
Q: I am an international student. Why am I ineligible for the Graduate Student Internship Program?
A: To do an internship requires permission to work full-time outside the university. Study permit holders do not have this permission. The Canadian government issues co-op work permits for students, however, you can only obtain such a permit for internships that are mandatory components of your degree program.
Q: I want to do an internship next term. When is a good time to start preparing?
A: We recommend you start thinking about your internships and having conversations with your academic advisor several months in advance. Contact Western's Careers & Experience team at least four weeks before your expected start date. Also, please note that deadlines for applying for a leave of absence differ by faculty, so contact your graduate student services team to find out more.
Q: How can I prepare myself for the internship search?
Own Your Future, Western's doctoral professional development program, is a great place to start. Review the materials on their website and sign up for their workshops for guidance on job search, networking on LinkedIn, preparing your resumé, and much more.
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