Find an Internship or Co-op
Internships and co-ops are short-term, supervised work experiences related to your field of study, and meant to develop your skills through hands-on training. As an intern through these types of employment, you can:
learn what you do/don’t like to do before you enter the industry full-time.
develop your technical and soft skills.
create new contacts and develop your network within your field.
demonstrate to industry/organization leaders your strengths, skill sets, and career interests.
If you’re interested in finding an internship or co-op position on your own, some things to think about include:
What are your career goals? Does the internship fit with these goals?
Do you need to receive academic credit for the internship?
Can you work in a local, national, or international placement?
Would you prefer an internship in the private sector, with the government, or in the non-profit sector?
To find an internship, there are many resources available across each industry.
Many programs at Ryerson have a co-op component. To learn if you program does, visit the Office of Co-Operative Education.
For international internships, campus resources include:
Further Reading: Are Unpaid Internships Legal in Ontario?
Video: Why do an Internship? (2:08min)