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Internship: employer information

Thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology's Internship program. Below is an outline of our program, and the respective requirements of employers and students.

Program outline

Undergraduate students who have fully completed their second year or the first semester of their third year of the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Information Technology (IT) (Honours) programs, and who have maintained an overall grade-point-average of ‘B’ (3.0) or higher, may choose to participate in the Internship program and course (BUSI 4996U). Students have the opportunity to apply classroom concepts to the challenges of business life as they gain valuable, relevant work experience as an intern student within your organization. Students are available from the following degree programs and majors:

Bachelor of Commerce:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Technology Management

Bachelor of Information Technology:

  • Game Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Networking and IT Security

Benefits to the employer

  • Students have completed a minimum of two years of academic study, thereby obtaining a solid base of theory and technical skills.
  • Students are available for four, eight, 12 or 16 months (consecutive terms).
  • Students are available for specific long-term projects or for a series of short-term tasks, depending on employer needs.
  • Students could be assessed by employers for their ability, professionalism and aptitude to become a potential career employee.
  • Employers help the university produce highly productive and potential future leaders by complementing and enhancing a student’s academic study through meaningful work experience.
  • Eligibility for the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit: Employers receive a Tax Letter upon the intern's successful completion of their work term.

Recruitment process

  • Students apply for Internship positions with prospective employers throughout the year, after completing their second or third year of studies.
  • Companies are welcome to submit their job postings during this time to the Internship Co-ordinator/Director. Internship positions must offer remuneration to the student (e.g. salary, honorarium). They must be a full-time position that last a minimum of 16 consecutive weeks.
  • Following the university's approval and distribution of the position outline and details, interested student candidates would then apply directly to the hiring organization.
  • Primary recruitment activity, including posting job opportunities, interviewing and making offers of employment, normally concludes by the end of April, but may carry on to early September, particularly for Fall-term positions.
  • The Internship Co-ordinator will assist employers and students during the recruitment process. Eligible interns are able to view job postings online through an internal job board, in either document or hyperlinked formats. The employer may submit a job posting or link, and have the students apply to their organization directly or to the Internship Co-ordinator, who will forward applicants for employer review.

Please contact the Internship Co-ordinator to learn more about the recruitment process.

Responsibilities of the employer

The student and the employer both benefit from participation in the Internship program. The employer gains an energetic, enthusiastic and creative addition to their staff who could one day become a career employee. The student invests a period of months (minimum four) in order to acquire significant experience and insight into the workplace environment. Consequently, the employer is expected to provide a job that:

  • Provides employment for at least 16 weeks, with full-time hours (typically 35 hours per week).
  • Provides remuneration to the student intern, either by salary, honorarium or stipend.
  • Involves a significant professional challenge/responsibility that increases over time, and in which academic knowledge is being applied.
  • Gives the student an opportunity to enhance his or her communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Occurs in a supportive and constructive work environment.
  • Is guided or supervised by a professional manager (this supervision is essential for validation purposes, should the placement count towards the professional experience component necessary for professional certification, such as ICAO’s Chartered Accountant designation).

The employer agrees to:

  • Ensure an appropriate supervisor meets with the intern, and explains the job description and workplace expectations.
  • Arrange a suitable time for regular meetings between the supervisor and the intern, to allow for mentoring and discussions of the intern’s progress throughout their internship.
  • Complete and submit the Supervisor Evaluation form provided by the university at the completion of the work term, as part of the student’s evaluation for academic course credit. The intern will have access to this evaluation form, and will provide this to their direct supervisor/manager.

Monitoring and evaluation

An Internship Representative from the student’s academic faculty acts as a liaison throughout the internship period. The employer will need to provide a performance evaluation during the period of this placement. Within six weeks of the internship's conclusion, the student must submit a comprehensive final report to the Internship Director detailing the internship experience, for evaluation by the faculty; they must also submit a duplicate copy to the employer.

Please contact us if you are able to provide a position or wish to have further information:

Tim Claydon
Capstone and Internship Co-ordinator
Faculty of Business and Information Technology
905.721.8668 ext. 3780
tim.claydon@uoit.ca

Final thoughts

The Internship program showcases our top performing students, allowing each student the opportunity to seek employment. If you are an organization seeking to establish an internship program, we welcome you to post intern positions at our institution or contact us.

Visit the links below to access a hard copy of this information (PDF):

  • Internship Program Information
  • Internship FAQ Guide

For an alternative format of this information, contact fbitcapstone@uoit.ca or fbitinternship@uoit.ca.

For further details and information not covered here, contact fbitcapstone@uoit.ca or fbitinternship@uoit.ca.

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