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Our students understand people, diversity, and human interaction

Social Sciences students are effective communicators and problem solvers.

Social Sciences students make a difference

The Office of Experiential Education offers diverse activities that benefit employers, community agencies and students alike. These opportunities aim to support employers and community partners in achieving their objectives, while enriching undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Internships

Internships

The Social Sciences Internship Program allows undergraduate students to work in paid opportunities and explore career fields related to their academic studies. Participation is voluntary (not mandated through an academic program) and can last 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in a part-time or full-time capacity.

Career Placements

Career Placements

Career Placements are extended job shadow opportunities where students connect with various staff holding different roles within a workplace to learn more about careers in that industry.  These are unpaid, competitive placements for students, generally lasting 2-4 hours per week over a 4-6 week period.

Academic Placements

Academic Placements

Academic placements are unpaid placement-based or project-based opportunities that are part of a specific academic course. Placements are negotiated between the host organization and our office to find opportunities that are mutually beneficial in fulfilling the needs of the organization and the course objectives.

Our students bring fresh perspective

Social Sciences students are trained to analyze tasks and bring a fresh approach to group settings. Their creative thinking and flexibility are highly valued.

Employers

Social Sciences students bring a unique skill set to the workplace – critical thinking, research, communication, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity.  You can host students from any Social Sciences discipline in Internships (paid work opportunities) to assist you with achieving your company objectives, or in Career Placements (unpaid job shadow experiences) to mentor and inform students about future careers.

Our students contribute current and relevant skills

SocSci students are connected to today’s technology and communications channels. They are able to translate their ideas with good written and oral communication skills.

Community Agencies

Experiential Education works with community agencies to offer students diverse opportunities to be involved with, learn from and contribute to your organization. Students can complete Academic Placements (unpaid volunteer placements), Internships (paid work opportunities) or Career Placements (unpaid job shadow experiences) at your organization, and we can also work together to form new initiatives that either bring students into the community or your organization into the classroom.

Our students come from diverse academic programs including:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography and Earth Sciences
  • Health, Aging and Society
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Labour Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

In addition to these disciplines, Social Sciences students can also complete certificates of study in:

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Business Studies
  • Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector