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Internships allow you to explore careers, to develop employability skills and to make important contacts for both now and after graduation.

Internships are either part-time or full-time, and are non-credit, paid work opportunities lasting 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in duration. Upon completion, the internship placement is noted on the official student transcript.

There are two ways in which you can secure a Social Sciences internship placement:

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"I was originally drawn to the Peel Regional Police Crime Analyst internship after noticing the position gave me the chance to utilize the skills I had acquired through my degree. My expectations going into the placement were to learn something new, and to hopefully network and grow new relationships. What I found was a real interest in a field that I never saw myself working in."

1. EE Cultivated Internships

Throughout the year, internship placements are cultivated by the Office of Experiential Education (EE) and posted on OSCARplus under the Internships & Co-op tab.  Only students who meet the Social Sciences internship eligibility criteria (see below) are provided access to view and apply to these postings.

Internship postings contain information regarding the organization, internship duration, required duties and qualifications, location, rate of pay etc.  Application deadlines will vary depending on the needs of the employer. 

While some employers have short job posting and hiring timelines, many employers begin recruitment the academic term prior to the internship start date.  Therefore, students are encouraged to check the site often for suitable placements, and plan ahead if considering internships for future terms.  See below for a sample timeline as to when most employers choose to post internship placements on OSCARplus.

Internship Term

Term Posted

Fall 2016

Summer 2016

Winter 2017

Fall 2016

Summer 2017

Winter 2017

2. Student-Initiated Internships

Students can take the initiative to secure a job on their own and have their experience noted on the official student transcript as an internship placement. These positions, though not cultivated through the EE office, may hold equal value in providing you with a unique opportunity to capitalize on the learning opportunities within the position.

Interested students are required to complete the Student-Initiated Internship Application form to see if their position qualifies.

Student-Initiated Internship Applications are due to the Programming and Outreach Manager in KTH 102 before 4:00pm on the following dates for each respective term:


Deadline Date

Term 1

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Term 2

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Monday, May 15, 2017


***Late Application forms will not be accepted!

Scroll down to the Internship Documents and Resources section to find the Student-Initiated Internship Application form. For further support, please contact, Keri Long, Programming and Outreach Manager.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to participate in the Social Sciences Internship Program, students MUST meet the following requirements
at the time of application. 

  • Registered in 18 units or more in the Faculty of Social Sciences in a degree program for the Fall/Winter 2016/2017 term. 
  • In good academic standing with the university (not on academic probation).
  • In good financial standing with the university (no outstanding financial accounts on the student record).
  • Registered in Level II or above (Please note that official registration for Level II begins only after the student has successfully completed Level I requirements and has commenced coursework for Level II, usually in September of second year).
  • Completed, SOC SCI 2EL0, Career Planning through Experiential Learning No exemptions will be made.  (Please note until a 'Pass' grade is processed by the instructor, permission to view and apply to internship placements will be withheld). 
  • All internship candidates must be authorized to work in Canada.  International students must refer to the Government of Canada website to ensure eligibility before submitting an application.

Please Note: In addition to the eligibility criteria listed above, students must ensure that the internship placement is completed before academic requirements  are fulfilled.

Other students who may be eligible, but are required to pay a $50 administration fee are:

  • Social Sciences students who are registered in fewer than 18 units in the Fall/Winter 2016/2017 term.
  • Arts & Science or Humanities students who are registered in a combined Honours degree program with a Social Sciences discipline. 

If you fall into either of these categories, please contact , Programming and Outreach Manager for more details.

Internship Information Sessions

Do you have questions about the Social Sciences Internship Program and want to learn more? Wondering how to go about securing an internship role, or would like to know if your current position qualifies?  Attend one of our Internship Information Sessions, followed by a Q&A period. Best practices including resume and cover letter writing tips, will also be covered.

Interested students are required to register on OSCARplus, under the Social Sciences Events calendar to reserve their spot.

2016/2017 Information Session Dates


Friday September 16th 9:30a.m.-10:20a.m.


Thursday January 12th 1:30p.m.-2:20p.m.

Internship Fees

The following fees will be applied to internship placements. Internship fees are charged so that the Faculty may recover a portion of the overall administrative costs. These include: access to OSCARplus internship postings, employer development, application processing, internship mid-way review and transcript notation.

Internship Type

Each 4-month Term





Internship Documents & Resources

The following resources are considered required reading and are meant to assist students interested in participating in the Social Sciences Internship Program.

*These resources are provided in support by the Student Success Centre (SSC). The SSC supports students from the time they accept an offer of admission up to 5 years after graduation in the areas of student orientation, academic skills, leadership, service-learning, volunteerism, educational planning, employment and career transition. Those students interested in participating in an internship are strongly encouraged to access SSC services to assist with job search initiatives.


To find out more about the Social Sciences Internship Program and how you can participate, please contact:

Keri Long
Programming and Outreach Manager

905-525-9140 ext. 21207
KTH 102