UTM OISE Higher Education Internship

About the Program

Looking to complement your academic learning with hands-on professional experience in student affairs and services? The UTM OISE Higher Education Internship is a unique paid opportunity designed exclusively for OISE students enrolled in a Master’s level program in higher education.

OISE students are paired with a professional staff member from one of UTM’s Student Affairs and Services or partner departments for a tailored project-based internship experience. Projects are based on departmental need and the skillset of the intern, so no two experiences are alike!

Students complete the LHA1858H (Internships in Student Services 1) course alongside their internship project over one or two semesters. The internship requires 7-12 hours of work per week (usually, one full day with the selected department). 


Benefits of the Program

  • Gain valuable professional work experience within a functional area of Student Affairs and Services at UTM by taking part in team meetings, one-on-one’s with your supervisor, networking with others, and completing a project to be implemented within the department;
  • Apply the theory learned in the classroom to the real-life experiences of students within higher education;
  • Develop leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Compensation for training and work hours at $19/hour;
  • Receive academic credit (LHA1858H is an elective course);
  • Participate in professional development opportunities and build professional networks;
  • An annual CACUSS Student Membership with access to professional development opportunities, communities of practice, networking, publications and more.


Role & Responsibilities 

The intern works within an assigned UTM Student Affairs and Services or partner departments to complete a specific project within the allotted term. They meet regularly with their staff supervisor and faculty member to ensure consistent academic and professional progress towards their goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Completing all academic course assignments;
  • Completing all project components under the guidance of the staff supervisor;
  • Conducting program evaluations/assessments as necessary;
  • Job shadowing within the assigned functional area of student affairs/partner unit;
  • Investigating best practices related to assigned project and making recommendations accordingly;
  • Supporting students and making appropriate referrals where necessary;
  • Supporting existing programming and initiatives as required;
  • Other duties as assigned.


More Information

To learn more about the departments you can work with, click here.

Have a question? Check out the most frequently asked questions we receive about the internship here.

To apply for an internship position, click here.