Internships offer students the opportunity to gain practical experience which can help them find a job or develop contacts which can get them started in their dream career. International students can find internship opportunities in Canada which can help them grow professionally and personally.
Basic Information About Internships
• Interns work for a company or organization to learn about what they do. Some of these opportunities are paid, while others are unpaid.
• International students enrolled in programs at Canadian colleges or universities can inquire about available internships at the school’s Student Services center. Instructors may also know of internships which may be a good fit for a particular student and can even help to get someone hired for an opportunity.
• Professional associations are another good source of information about internships for international students in Canada. Go online to find ones connected with a student’s area of study to find companies offering an internship program.
Internships for International Students as Part of a Degree Program
Some degree programs require students to complete a practical component as part of their course of study. International students must apply for a Co-op Work Permit before they can accept an offer of employment. The internship or co-op program cannot count for more than 50 percent of the program of study.
International students who are interested in applying for a Co-op Work Permit will need to obtain a letter from the faculty of the school they are attending indicating that the work term is a required part of the program. When the Work Permit is issued, it will list the school as the student’s employer. It will also list an expiry date, which will be the same as the one on the Study Permit.
Post-Graduation Work Program
International students who have completed their program at a college or university lasting at least eight months are eligible to participate in the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. This Program was put in place to allow students to gain practical experience. Students accepted into the Program will be issued a work permit for up to three years.
The exact time the international student will be allowed to work in Canada will depend on the length of the academic program he or she completed. International students who are interested in being considered for this program must apply within 90 days of the release of their final grades.
This is a guest article by Colin Cooper. He is an in-house content writer at PlagiarismDetect.com an online plagiarism detection tool for writers.