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Advanced Digital and Professional Training (ADaPT) is a youth skills development and internship program aimed at bridging the employment gap for recent graduates. 

ADaPT provides hands-on workshops in digital literacy, communications, research, business financials, career skills, and more, along with an opportunity to compete for a professional paid internship. For more information, view our frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Ryerson ADaPT is pleased to be partnering with RBC Campus Recruitment and is currently providing training to a diverse group of its senior summer interns. This partnership was mentioned in a recent Globe & Mail article.

“The ADaPT Program is a great opportunity for our students to gain insight and knowledge into different areas outside their current skill sets. The program helps them bridge the gap between university and work experience to further diversify their capabilities. The skills that students gain enable them to apply their knowledge in everyday practical solutions, which broadens their approach to work at RBC.”


- Eily Hickson, Manager, Transformation Management Office, RBC  

 

TRAINING

Connecting talent to jobs through 50+ hours of training and advanced workshops

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Core Training


Gain skills in employment & leadership, business financials, communications, digital literacy, and research.

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Specialization


Choose between the digital literacy or research stream.

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Interview Coaching


Get one-on-one preparation for the interview process.

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Paid Internship


Find a 3-4 month professional placement with an industry partner.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

The ADaPT program is open to Ryerson and non-Ryerson students in their final year of study, recent graduates, and graduate students in Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Design and Business programs under the age of 29, who are looking to enhance their skills with advanced digital and professional training.

 

What are recent graduates saying about ADaPT?

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LARISSA FITZSIMONS

School of Professional Communication (Master of Professional Communication)


"ADaPT gave me the practical skills that allowed a comfortable transition from an academic to professional environment. While it was a fast track training program, it gave me the confidence to tell future employers that I am knowledgeable about platforms required for the job."

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DANIEL GOMEZ-ORTEGA

Faculty of Arts (English)


"Working for non-for-profit organizations I am constantly looking for ways to earn skills to help my community. The ADaPT program gave me another dimension of digital skills that not only made me a better professional, but also a better citizen as I earned new tools to further assist individuals and organizations in ways I didn't know were within my reach."

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ZEHRA SHAH

Ted Rogers School of Management (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

“I believe ADaPT helped me develop a lot of transferable skills such as Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator. It also helped me prepare for job interviews and enhance my networking skills. Overall it was an excellent experience and I would recommend everyone to go through this.”

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BRENDAN TIMMINGS

Faculty of Arts (Criminology)

"ADaPT eases the transition from the classroom to the workplace by equipping its participants with in-demand skills. I found the seminar on Research Methods & Program Evaluation opened my eyes to an entirely new career trajectory and the ADaPT program staff helped me develop an effective plan to pursue this new career path."

EMPLOYERS

CONNECT WITH TALENT. CONNECT WITH ADAPT.

ADaPT recruits students and recent graduates from diverse professional and academic backgrounds with well-developed research skills, critical thinking skills, communication and analytical skills and enhances their skills with advanced digital and professional training. ADaPT trains students in areas that include: Project management, financial analysis, social media analytics, big data, applied research, Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and much more.

Potential employers can gain access to:
Recruitment services
Custom-designed employee training
Potential wage subsidies
Access to top talent from Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Design, and Business programs


To learn more, please contact Jacob Alajajian at 416-979-5000 ext. 3388 or email jacob.alajajian@ryerson.ca.

Internships

ADaPT works with employers and program participants to match graduates with top employers and positions.

 

Recent positions filled for ADaPT industry partners include:

Advocacy Coordinator: The Coordinator is assisting with a research project on the economic impact of the interactive digital media industry in Ontario. They are also helping create a database of resources for the member base to utilize in communicating with their local political officials. 

Stakeholder Engagement Intern: The Intern is responsible for coordinating consultation appointments with stakeholders and industry partners, pre-consultation research, pre and post consultation communication with stakeholders and industry partners, and other administrative duties. 

Service Desk Analyst: The Analyst determines the root causes of both hardware and software issues. They also ensure the maximum efficiency of the IT systems and maintain the Data Centre.

Studio & Project Assistant: The Studio and Project Assistant is responsible for creating tutorials and training clients on the content management system, as well as tasks such as making changes to client websites, editing images, and setting up Google Analytics. 
 

Other recent roles include:

  • Account Coordinator
  • Data Analyst
  • Inventory Clerk
  • Market Analyst Intern
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Office Administrator
  • Panel Specialist
  • Procurement Analyst
  • Production Assistant
  • Project Coordinator
  • Projects & Communications Assistant
  • Publicity & Promotions Assistant
  • Real Estate Analyst
  • Settlement Officer
  • Stage Manager

 

What are our industry partners saying about ADaPT?

“We found our new Advocacy Coordinator, Rahaf Khalil, through the ADaPT program, and we couldn't be more thrilled. It's clear from the quality of her work that the program graduates skilled, hard-working students who are well-prepared to embark on their career path. We think it's fantastic that the program exists and that its organizers are so proactive about assisting their students with the skills and connections they need.” 

- Carly Beath, Senior Manager of Operations, Interactive Ontario

“We were searching for bright, hard-working students for our operations specialist position and turned to the ADaPT program to help us fill this role. The process was quick and seamless. Within days, we were introduced over email to several high-quality candidates. We were impressed by the drive and determination that these students displayed. We ended up finding the right fit and making a hire from the ADaPT program within 2 weeks!” 

- Hussein Fazal, Co-founder, SnapTravel

“Daisy stood out at CJRU for more than just the accomplishments on her resume. She demonstrated a genuine interest in seeing our organization succeed and found out how and where she could be most helpful right away. ADaPT interns have an advantage because they develop the type of thinking processes and inter-personal skills that make onboarding a new employee like Daisy so much smoother and more efficient for the whole team!” 

- Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, President and Manager, CJRU 1280AM: Ryerson Campus Radio

"I am forever indebted to the team at ADaPT that helped me hire my first communications team member here at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. We found all ADaPT applicants to be of the highest quality and were thrilled when the candidate of choice, Erin Hesselink, accepted the position.  She has proven to be indispensable, with a terrific 'can-do' attitude and work ethic. ADaPT equipped Erin with the skills and know-how to integrate seamlessly and thrive in the workplace. Thank you ADaPT!"

- Coralie D’Souza, Director of Communications, Events & Community Relations, Brookfield Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship