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Hire a ProCom Intern

ProCom students working in practicum centre
Whether you’re a Fortune 500 or a small non-profit organization, sponsoring a ProCom intern could be one of the best hiring decisions you ever make.

When you sponsor a ProCom intern, you get:

  • A fresh perspective on communications from Canada’s brightest talent
  • A tech-savvy, social trendsetter with innovative ideas
  • An extra set of hands to amp up campaigns, events, and projects
  • The ability to test-run long-term hires, saving you time and money
  • Mentor and leadership opportunities for staff
  • Lifelong brand ambassadors who love promoting businesses they love

Previous sponsors include:

  • TTC
  • North York Arts
  • Rethink Breast Cancer
  • Yonge-Steeles Ford Lincoln
  • Simcoe District School Board
  • Canadian Association of Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Rogers Media, Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

Acceptance guidelines

We are grateful to all organizations that volunteer their time and resources to the development of our students. Your support, mentorship, and feedback are crucial to ensuring internships are successful — for you and the student. We look forward to working with internship sponsors who: 

  • Have an active, operating communications division, department, or staff member
  • Facilitate workplace on-boarding, including but not limited to any necessary organizational privacy and confidentiality agreement policies
  • Submit duly completed forms and administrative documents before the placement start date
  • Ensure a safe working environment in which student can thrive to apply their communication skills
  • Contribute to student evaluation via online interim and final assessments
  • Mentor and support student career development throughout the placement
March 17th NEW DATE: BA Internship Connector networking event
March 31st Deadline for employers to submit their internship opportunity, external link
May 4th Earliest internship start date(flexible)
May 28th Mandatory midterm meeting (students only)
June 14th  Earliest internship end date (flexible)
June 21st Employer Evaluation due within one week of end date (will vary)

240-320 hours in a communications-related work placement, typically between May and June. Students typically work between 35-40 hours/week for 6 to 8 weeks throughout the spring term, with any additional hours being entirely up to the student and sponsor. Most students remain at their internship placements into the summer.

The Internship Connector is a private event aimed at introducing internship sponsors whose proposed placements have been approved for the cohort of student interns. Consequently, all potential sponsors must register in advance. 

We recommend bringing enough business cards to give to interested applicants and be prepared to talk briefly with individual students about your organization and opportunity. 

Yes! Please complete a Placement Proposal Form, external link. Once approved, your position will be circulated to prospective interns who will follow up with you directly. 

As many as you have opportunities and support for so long as the acceptance guidelines are met. 

Any paid or unpaid employment that takes place outside of the parameters of the internship placement would be at the discretion of the student and the employer. Liability insurance coverage provided by Ryerson University for any unpaid internship is extended for the entire duration of the work placement. 

Compensation depends entirely on the organization's capacity and budget and is not a prerequisite to hiring. We often collaborate with startups, SMEs, not-for-profit and various charitable organizations whose funding is limited to research and other grants. While we certainly encourage compensation at the appropriate skill level, we often help facilitate opportunities provided that the experience is of relevance to the student. Most unpaid internships do however come with a lump sum stipend or honorarium attached. These are typically equal to appropriate hourly rate times the total number of placement hours.

Become an Internship Sponsor

To become an internship sponsor, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete our Sponsor Placement Proposal Form, external link
  2. Send the completed documents to procom.internships@ryerson.ca. PDF and Word files are also accepted.
  3. Once received, we will post the position on our internal job board for any interested student to follow up and initiate the recruitment process

Contact

For more information about the ProCom internship program, please contact: