Social Sciences students make a difference
Experiential Education offers a multitude of activities to benefit employers, community agencies and students alike. The different types of opportunities offered aim to assist employers and community partners to achieve their objectives, while enriching undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The Social Sciences Internship Program is a voluntary program that allows undergraduate students to actively engage in paid work opportunities and explore careers in fields related to their academic studies over a 4, 8, 12 or 16 month period in a part-time or full-time capacity.
Career Placements are extended job shadow opportunities where students connect with various staff holding different roles within a workplace with the goal of learning 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 engage individuals or groups of students in unpaid community-based/volunteer experiences that directly relate to a specific academic course. These placements are negotiated between the host organization and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Experiential Education office to find opportunities and projects that are mutually beneficial in fulfilling the needs of the organization and the course objectives.
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.
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:
- Geography and Earth Sciences
- Health, Aging and Society
- Indigenous Studies
- Labour Studies
- Political Science
- Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour
- Religious Studies
- Social Psychology
- Social Work
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