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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.

Proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive, Ryerson University is committed to community engagement, action, inclusion, respect for Aboriginal perspectives, equity, diversity and putting people first. We welcome all members of any of the following groups specified in the Employment Equity Act (women, aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities), and the LGBTQ community to apply.

ADaPT is a Youth Program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) under the Youth Skills Connection program that mandates program providers to select candidates at or below 29 years of age.

Watch the video from the ADaPT industry networking event, where Dr. Wendy Cukier, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University, shares program and research highlights.

Applications for ADaPT Summer 2016 are now closed. Thank you to everyone who have applied or expressed interest in the program. Successful candidates will be contacted on April 27-28, 2016.

ADaPT Summer 2016 program is an 8-day  (9 am - 6 pm) boot-camp. Start date: Monday, May 9th.  Orientation activities will be scheduled the week of May 2-6. 

For more answers, view our frequently asked questions (FAQ).



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

Core Training

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


Choose between the digital literacy or research stream.

Interview Coaching

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

Paid Internship

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


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.

For more information on the ADaPT program eligibility criteria and application process, please contact Julia Melnikova at 416-979-5000 ext. 3439 or email


What are recent graduates saying about ADaPT?


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."


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."

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.”


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."



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: Professional communications, business financials, SEO & web analytics, big data, applied research, and much more.

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 and to view the list of current ADaPT candidates, please contact Jacob Alajajian at 416-979-5000 ext. 3388 or email



ADaPT works with employers and program participants to match graduates with top employers and positions.
Past internships provided by ADaPT industry partners include:

Research and Evaluation Intern
Social Media Intern
Digital Insights Professional
Brand Innovation Intern
Project Manager
Client Relationship Manager
Business Support Analyst
Mobile Technology Adoption Project Intern

Policy Intern
Marketing Coordinator
Executive Assistant
Event Coordinator
Graphic Designer
Operations Coordinator
Community Outreach & Development Coordinator

Company: BrightLane

Internship Title: Research Internship - Toronto Startup Incubator Landscape Assessment

BrightLane is a startup incubator and co-working space for artists, creatives and designers located in downtown Toronto. During her internship, ADaPT graduate Vladimira Steffek, provided a unique set of research, business and creative skills to assist BrightLane in addressing the need for innovation in the creative startup industry throughout Toronto and Canada.  Her research focused on achieving an in-depth understanding of the abilities, strengths, and weaknesses of the entire Toronto startup eco-system to identify gaps in the marketplace for artists and designers seeking support to develop their ideas and companies.

Company: San Romanoway Revitalization Project (SRRP)

Internship Title: Policy Intern

SRRP is a renowned non-profit organization with a focus on development and safety in the Jane-Finch community. During his internship, ADaPT Graduate Michael Guelliero took on the task of reviewing and revising the organizations Equity, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, Support Programs and Services to People with Disabilities. He also reviewed and analyzed by-laws, board and personnel policies and procedures, management, and the procedures manual to propose best practices.


General Inquiries


Employer & Industry Partnership Inquiries

Jacob Alajajian

416-979-5000 ext. 3388

Program-related Inquiries

Brian Robson
416-979-5000 ext. 3218