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As an intern I was given the task of designing and implementing an evaluation of a program designed to help newly immigrated women ease their way into the Canadian labour force. This experience allowed me to utilize the skills and knowledge I had acquired in my research methods and statistics course. It also helped me clarify my goals and interests, particularly my desire to use research as a means of improving society and social welfare.
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What is an Internship?
Internships allow you to explore careers, to develop employability skills and to make important contacts for job searches after graduation. Internships are either part-time or full-time, and are non-credit, paid work opportunities of 4, 8, 12 or 16 months.
Why Consider an Internship?
Internships can provide you an opportunity to:
- gain practical experience while exploring careers, which leads to better choices upon graduation;
- use equipment and/or elaborate on procedures and techniques taught in the classroom;
- see the relevance of academic programs to practical work situations; and,
- network in the field of interest specific to you and to help expand on possible work opportunities in the future.
Am I Eligible for an Internship?
Main EE Eligibility Criteria
Activities offered through EE are available to undergraduate students who are registered in good academic and financial standing in a degree program within the Faculty of Social Sciences and completing a minimum of 18 units during the current Fall/Winter session.
Other students who may be eligible, but are required to pay an administration fee are those who meet the above criteria and are:
- Social Sciences students who are registered in fewer than 18 units in the Fall/Winter session; or,
- 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 us for more details.
Internship Eligibility Criteria
In addition to fulfilling EE eligibility requirements, you must also meet the following internship criteria:
- 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 their second year);
- registered in, or have completed, SOC SCI 2EL0, Career Planning Through Experiential Learning. No exemptions will be made; and,
- must complete the internship placement before degree requirements are fulfilled.
Employers may restrict applications based on their own requirements (i.e. to fulfill funding criteria, employers may be required to hire "full-time" versus "part-time" students).
Any and all information provided in any application to Experiential Education, including supporting documentation, may be subject to clarification and/or verification for authenticity and accuracy.
Can My Current Job Be Considered an Internship?
Did you know that your part-time, summer, or full-time job can be considered as an internship and noted on your transcript? Please note that there will be a fee required for all full-time internships during the academic year (i.e. September - April).
To find out if you qualify, please contact:
Keri Long, Programming and Outreach Manager
In your email, please include your job title, main roles and responsibilities, hours per week and the name of your employer.
Please note: Positions will not be considered retroactively.
How to Apply
You must be registered in or have completed SOC SCI 2EL0: Introduction to Career Planning Through Experiential Learning, before applying for an internship.
As a first step in the Internship process you must read the Social Sciences Internship General Information Handbook (PDF). (Clicking this link will open the form in Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download it free.)
Throughout the year, job descriptions are posted on OSCAR, McMaster's on-line position posting software. Interested students are encouraged to check the site often for suitable placements. Postings contain information regarding the required duties and qualifications, salary, organization, and location of the placement, etc.Students must submit all application materials required for each posting before the stated application deadline.
A complete application usually consists of:
- a resume and cover letter specific to the placement; and,
- a copy of the student's unofficial transcript (from MUGSI)
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Please Note: Canadian work authorization status will be disclosed to the employer as it directly impacts the hiring process.
If you have questions, please contact:
Keri Long, Programming and Outreach Manager