The UBC Continuing Studies Global Academics Internship Programs provide local host companies and organizations the chance to hire international students from diverse academic backgrounds to work with their teams as full-time unpaid interns.
Our internship programs vary in length from four to eight weeks and run several times throughout the year. During the internship period, students are required to work approximately 30 hours per week. While students acquire important workplace skills and cross-cultural understanding, as a host employer, you temporarily gain enthusiastic, intelligent and productive interns as they prepare to become global citizens.
Our students have been linked with companies and organizations in sectors including:
Whether you are interested in developing a one-time internship or participating in a longer-term partnership with UBC Continuing Studies, our Internship Coordinators are happy to discuss the possibilities with you. For more information, please contact us.
Interns can bring a fresh approach to your work setting. They are keen to expand their existing skill sets and complement their academic training.
Within your organization, an intern can help:
These are unpaid, voluntary placements. Host employers are not obligated to hire interns after the internship nor are the interns meant to displace any regular, part-time, co-op or casual workers at the host organization or company.
Students come from well-recognized universities abroad and are recent graduates or are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs in diverse fields of study at their home institution. Their English language proficiency ranges from intermediate to advanced.
Prior to starting their internships, all students complete a minimum of 120 hours of in-classroom seminars and specialized workshops and field studies in the academic portion of their program. They apply knowledge gained through projects, presentations and other assessment methods and must pass the academic portion of their program in order to be eligible for an internship.
All Global Academics internship students possess valid Canadian work/study permits for the duration of their program and have medical and accident insurance coverage.
To get a better idea of what our programs are about, view our Student Profile Interviews.
Some questions we encourage potential host employers to consider before taking on an intern include:
As a host employer, you will need to:
Our internship coordinators are available for consultation and support at every stage of the internship. The program goal is to establish mutually beneficial matches between student interns and host employers.
Internship placements coincide with scheduled programs throughout the year and vary between four to eight weeks in length. Typically our internship periods run as follows:
For exact start and completion dates or specific timing requirements you may have, please contact us.