Employers

What is the Certificate in Effective Business Practices & Leadership Skills?

 
The Certificate in Effective Business Practices & Leadership Skills provides students with an opportunity to engage in a 4-month paid internship. Students receive specialized individual coaching and training through their academic courses and professional development activities. Students are prepared to become key assets to any business organization. 
 
Benefits 
 
University of Toronto Mississauga Management (UTMM) students have relevant and in-demand skills and knowledge. With six different specializations ranging from finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, commerce, and management our students are well equipped to respond to your organizational business needs. UTMM students receive a rigorous education taught by internationally recognized scholars and educators with outstanding academic and professional qualifications. 
 
UTMM students are culturally competent, collaborative, adaptable, creative, analytical, professional; they are solutions-focused and are eager to contribute to their communities and society.  
 
Bringing students into your work environment gives you the opportunity to:
  • Support your organizational and business needs on a short-term basis 
  • Help shape the next generation of professionals
  • Expand your existing teams' capacity by delegating projects or operations to students 
  • Build your own talent pipeline of future employees and partners
  • Foster dialogue between the University and the larger community
  • Promote your organization
  • Access financial incentives for hiring students, if eligible 
 
Financial Incentives 
 
Employers may be eligible for wage subsidies. For information on various funding supports please visit the Council of Ontario Universities Propel Initiative.
 
Also, consider the following opportunities to see if your business can qualify:

Employer Partner Expectations and Criteria 

UTMM aims to provide students with an optimal experiential learning opportunity. This means internships must meet specific criteria in order to be considered. The following criteria should be reviewed by interested partners. 
 
Criteria 
  • Students are required to complete a full-time work opportunity (35-40 hours/per week). The internship must be offered in the Summer months (May-August) and last roughly 4 months (12-16 weeks).
     
  • Students must be paid by the organization. An employment agreement or contract between your organization and the participating student(s) will need to be established.
     
  • New partners must undergo a vetting process. This will ensure that each opportunity provides an optimal work environment and learning experience for our students. The vetting process will be conducted via in-person visit and/or over the phone depending on the organization.
     
  • A clear job description. If the position will be project-based, project requirements should be articulated. 
Expectations Before Internship
  • Prepare a job description and project description (if applicable).
     
  • The employer partner will interview student candidates for the position.
     
  • Liaise with the Experiential Learning Officer (ELO) when necessary.
      
  • Ensure students will have the available resources, including materials (physical or electronic), equipment, physical space, and/or technology to successfully perform their role. 
Expectations During Internship
  • Student(s) should be assigned a dedicated supervisor or manager. This individual will also act as a liaison between the ELO and Faculty Coordinator.
     
  • Onboard the student to the organization, review organizational culture.
     
  • Clearly articulate verbally and in writing expectations, responsibilities, operational and project tasks.
     
  • Guide, mentor, direct, and manage student(s) during their experience. Provide regular check-ins.
     
  • Complete a midterm and final evaluation regarding student’s performance using UTMM protected link.
     
  • Meet with the ELO during their site-visit.
     
  • Communicate any concerns with the student and UTMM team, if necessary.
     
  • Provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Ensure workplace is safe and free of harm. 
Expectations After Internship
 
Your job is complete, but we want to celebrate this milestone with you and our students! You will be invited to the IMI Awards event that takes place annually in March at the UTM campus. Students will present on their internship experience. This is a great opportunity to re-connect with your student(s) and network with other talented students. 

Project and Position Examples 
  • Volunteer Resources Internship: Liaison with HR team to revise current volunteer job descriptions. Update job descriptions to reflect responsibilities and expectations of potential applicants. Participate in volunteer interviews and new employee orientations.
     
  • Marketing Coordinator: Develop and implement marketing and advertising campaigns.
     
  • Sport Management Intern: Develop and implement various sports programs and new opportunities.
     
  • Accounting Intern: Support tax returns, reconciliations, and financial statements for clients.
     
  • Supply Chain Assistant: Build a management dashboard for Supply Chain, create manual for all activities related to processes including shipping & receiving, procurement of all goods, and material handling.
     
  • Human Resource Internship: Provide administrative support, assist ongoing projects and operational tasks in the Human Resources Department.
     
  • Recruitment Specialist: Update the recruitment and selection process. Participate in the recruitment process including sourcing talent, performing job analysis, pre-screening candidates, scheduling interviews etc.
     
  • Communications Internship: Create content for social media channels. Design innovation online marketing strategies.
      
  • Financial Analyst: Assist in valuing and analyzing companies, manage client database, assist in the development of business marketing materials, and write industry related articles for the website. 
Support
 
UTMM provides on-going support before, during and after the internship. The Faculty Certificate Coordinator and the ELO work in collaboration with all employers to encourage a seamless experience for both the employer and student. 
 
We can 
  • assist with creating job and project descriptions and provide recommendations for improvement; 
  • explore financial incentives for hiring students; 
  • problem-solve internship related complexities; and 
  • support the interview and candidate selection process.
Employer Journey

Contact
 
 
Sue Romulo, 
Experiential Learning Officer
Experiential Education Unit, Office of the Dean
 
Sue provides support to UTMM’s Certificate in Effective Business Practices & Leadership Skills. Sue holds a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Clark University (Worcester, MA, USA) and an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from New York University (New York, NY, USA). Sue has been with the University of Toronto since 2011 and has extensive experience in student affairs, advising, program management, policy development, international relations, experiential learning, community outreach and partnership development.
 
Email Sue Romulo, Experiential Learning Officer (sue.romulo@utoronto.ca) for more information on how to become an employee partner.