Overview & Benefits of Long-term Internship

What is long-term internship?

Students spend 8 to 16 consecutive months working in a paid internship position prior to the last year of their degree program. A long-term internship provides a more extensive experience than the short-term option, which ensures that students are able to work on advanced projects, seeing them through from beginning to end.

Why should you participate?

  • Gain hands-on experience related to your academic program
  • Develop marketable skills employers are looking for in new recruits
  • Clarify your career goals and objectives
  • Earn a salary to help offset the cost of tuition
  • Build a professional network with employers and professionals in your field of interest
  • Many employers view internship work terms as an opportunity to assess candidates for future full-time positions after graduation

Who can participate?

See Eligibility Criteria for long-term internship

What is the enrollment process?

  • Online registration begins August 23, 2021 on Western Connect
  • Internship information sessions are available annually in the Fall Term.
  • Complete all steps as outlined on the Application Process page.

What are the costs?

  • The internship fee is $500 per work term, and includes your course tuition fee.
    • 8 month: $1,000
    • 9-12 month: $1,500
    • 13-16 month: $2,000

What does an employer expect?

  • Motivated and enthusiastic students
  • Clear, neat and organized resumes
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ethical and professional judgment
  • Responsible and accountable student employees