Incorporating an internship into your studies
The internship is a half course (CCT410, WRI410) which requires you to complete 100 hours of UNPAID & PAID work. You are also responsible for attending class seminars, completing course assignments such as writing critical incident reports, and giving an oral presentation. YOU MUST meet the minimum prerequisites. Enrollment into CCT410 & WRI410 requires a minimum 2.5 CGPA and the completion of 13 credits.
Finding internship opportunities
- Check the bulletin board outside CC3028
- The class Quercus site
- Mediajobsearchcanada (to see a listing of small and mid-sized companies)
- UTM Career Centre
- Ask your friends, family, neighbours, teammates, people at weddings
- ICCIT events. Introduce yourself, talk about your program, the internship opportunity and NETWORK!!!!!
Things to consider before searching for opportunities
YOUR STRENGTHS!!! Assess what you can do and where you want to go. Visit the Career Centre and sign up for a resume critique. You also need to know what you want to do and what you want to learn from a work placement. You need to be able to tell your prospective internship supervisor how you will fit into their organization.
Reaching out to potential internship contacts
- Start your research early (at least 3 months in advance)!
- Do your homework. Find an individual within the company/organization to contact by phone directly. For example, you may have to ask to speak to the director of a department by initially speaking to someone who handles the department’s general inquiries. Make sure you ask the director’s name before you are transferred. DO NOT go to HR to start. DO NOT send out your resume without contacting the individual first. They need to know who you are and why you are contacting them
- Create a cold call script of what you want to say. Introduce yourself and tell the person you contact the reasons why you want to do an internship at their organization specifically
- Always call and talk to someone in the department/organization before sending your resume
- Practice, practice, PRACTICE your business introduction!
Being mindful of timelines
Do not wait until the last minute!!!
You need to start early and confirm your placement at least three weeks before the start of classes. You will be responsible for some of the paper work; however, your placement supervisor will also need to sign an agreement with UTM.
Contact me, Kathleen Scheaffer, Interim Professional Experience Certificate Coordinator, for an appointment if you still have questions: