Harness the knowledge and enthusiasm of our fourth-year undergraduate students by providing supervision for projects or work experience. In exchange for the commitment to provide a project, guidance and a work environment for the student, the employer will receive 200 hours of work from a UTM student specializing in Economics. We hope and trust that our students will make a real contribution to the work of the organization. Employers also have an opportunity to assess the qualifications of UTM near-graduates. UTM is very interested in fostering working relationships with members of our community outside academia; there are many mutual benefits to such relationships.
Some employers involved in the UTM internship courses are long-time friends of UTM; some have supervised many students over the years. Some have hired UTM graduates and some are UTM graduates. Other supervisors are joining us for the first time; we welcome them and thank all of our employers warmly. Many supervisors feel that their involvement in this course gives them a chance to mentor the next generation of experts, and to fulfill a commitment to the community – a chance to “give something back”. We are very appreciative of the efforts of all our employers and supervisors; without their contributions, a course like this would not be possible.
As an example some of the areas of expertise which our fourth-year economics undergraduate students have can include:
- Financial Economics
- Urban Economics
- International Monetary Economics
- Public Policy and Public Administration
- Financial Risk Management
- Economics of Education
- Analytical Skills
In return for this unpaid expertise, you will only need to provide space and supervision to the student for 1 or 2 full days a week or a combination of half-days if that works best. At the end of the placement, we ask that the direct supervisor completes a very brief assessment form. We would also be very pleased if you could take the time to attend the student year-end poster session held in March, which is an enjoyable visual caption to the experiential learning experience. More detailed information can be found in our overview.
Benefits to employers
- Motivated student interns with specialized knowledge in their field providing skills to complete a special project
- Provide the opportunity for a Company's permanent staff to gain supervisory experience
- 200 hours of high quality, unpaid, university-sponsored student work
- Head-start on recruitment
- Connection to the University of Toronto for possible research, teaching and recruitment
- Contribution to community and public service
- Increase name recognition of a hiring organization on campus
- Student insured through U of T liability coverage and for WSIB coverage by the government of Ontario
Some of our partner organizations who have participated in the program include:
- Atlantic Council of Canada
- Bank of Canada
- Bell Canada
- Canadian Urban Institute
- City of Mississauga
- Cosmos Sports
- Edward Jones
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
- Impact Infrastructure
- Innovation, Science and Economics Development Canada
- Integral Wealth Securities Ltd.
- Mississauga Board of Trade
- National Bank Financial
- Nigel Capital
- Ontario Financing Authority
- Progress Capital
- RIC Centre
- Social Planning Council of Peel
- The Government of Ontario
- TMX Group Inc.
- Town of Oakville
- Yellow Bear Studios
If you are interested in becoming an intern supervisor by offering a placement to one of our Economics students, please contact our Internship Coordinator & Outreach Officer in the Department of Economics.