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Internships are an intensive, longer-term workplace engagement, often discipline-specific and directly supervised by partner organizations. Internships range from 70 to 200 hours, depending on the course/program and can be paid or unpaid. 

Example Course Descriptions

Below are examples of some courses that fit the internship opportunity.

HS402: Health Studies Practicum

Students complete a 70-80 practicum placement in their final year, carrying out a range of activities including research projects, direct support to programs and services, and resource development.

Read about a student's experience with her placement at John Noble Home.

PO690: Research Practicum

This course gives students the opportunity to participate in and contribute to a research project in a government, business or non-profit agency. The course combines participation in a research project with in-class seminars and online exercises. Students become part of the research team, while applying the research skills and knowledge from their political science courses to real-world work problems.

Read about how our students used remote research skills to benefit community organizations.

Courses Offered

At Laurier, we offer a selection of courses connected to internship opportunities. Course offerings can vary and we are add new courses each year. 

  • Colloquium – Religion and Culture
  • Community Practicum – Community Psychology
  • Environmental Data Analytics Applied Research Placement
  • Global Experience Placement
  • Health Studies Practicum
  • Practicum – Digital Media and Journalism
  • Professional Skills Option – MA English
  • Research Practicum – Master Applied Politics
  • Scotiabank Internships UX Design
  • Social Justice Community placement
  • Supervised Internship – Religion and Culture

How the Experience Works

Internship opportunities can be paid or unpaid: 

  • Some students are seeking paid opportunities, where they are contributing more hours per week with an employee-employer relationship.
  • Other courses/programs involve unpaid placement, where students contribute fewer hours (four to 10 hours per week) and work towards specific learning objectives to meet course requirements.

If your organization is interested in having an intern, contact us or complete the Partnership Request form

Recruitment Timelines

We look for opportunities two to six months in advance of the course starting. Courses start in September (fall), January (winter) and May (spring).

Timelines and requirements vary for each course, but recruitment usually happens in the following times of the academic year: 

  • Winter term placement: Recruitment during the fall term.
  • Spring term placement: Recruitment during the winter term. 

Onboarding Your Student

The onboarding process involves two forms to be completed by your organization: the Placement Organization Terms and Conditions, and the Safety Review and Declaration.

If the experience takes place at your organization's site, our coordinators may ask you a few questions related to the setting, and health and safety.

Placement Expectations

Students placed with your organization will reach out to you based on the application procedures outlined in the posting. 

Student supervisors within your organization are asked to verify attendance electronically and complete an evaluation for the student at the end of the term.

Contact Us:

Community and Workplace Partnerships

T: 548.889.3241

  • Waterloo campus: Community and Workplace Partnerships, 12 Lodge St.
  • Brantford campus: Sara Darling, One Market, OM-206-49