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York Internship Programs

FAQ for Employers

What is an Internship?

An internship is an experiential education program which provides an extended period of paid work experience that is an integral part of a program of post-secondary study. York University students are employed in settings which provide work experience directly related to their academic programs and career objectives. Internships utilize a flexible structure to integrate university studies with relevant work experience in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Each internship is approved by York University as a suitable learning experience.
  • The student is engaged in full-time, hands-on work rather than observing, such as job shadowing.
  • The student is paid for the work performed.
  • The student's internship progress is monitored by York University.
  • The student's work performance is supervised and evaluated by the student's employer.

What is the difference between Co-op and Internship programs?

  • Co-op students typically alternate work periods with their academic terms for 4 or 8 months. Students are available for co-ops as early as their first year of university.
  • Internship programs tend to offer increased flexibility for recruitment and hiring. Internship students usually complete one consecutive period of 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in alignment with the academic terms. York students are available for internships after third year and can be hired throughout the year.

What programs are internship students enrolled in?

Internship students are 3rd year Honours students majoring in the following programs:

    Information Technology

    • Information Technology


    • Astronomy
    • Biophysics
    • Physics


    • Accounting
    • Administrative Studies
    • Business & Society
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • Communications

    Public Administration

    • Public Administration

Who has hired York internship students?

York interns are working at many of Canada's largest and most innovative companies including:

  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Canberra
  • Celestica
  • CIBC
  • Hydro One Inc.
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Metroland
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ontario Lottery & Gaming
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Research In Motion (RIM)
  • Royal Bank
  • Scotiabank
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Toronto Hydro Corporation
  • Wicked Interactive
  • and many more!

How long is an Internship Program work term?

  • Work terms correspond with academic terms; each term is 4 months long and may begin in January, May or September. Typically, internship positions are 12 to 16 months in duration. However, employers may also hire students for 4 or 8 months.

Are the internship positions paid?

  • Yes, all York Internship Programs internships are paid positions. Internship positions pay on average $30,000 to $40,000 per year.

What types of organizations can participate in the York Internship Programs?

Can non-profit/charitable organizations hire York Internship Programs interns?

  • Yes, all organizations are welcome to post positions as long as they are offering a paid position that meets the job posting requirements.

Where can I get a tax credit letter?

  • Tax credit letters are issued by the Career Centre and mailed to the employer at the end of each qualifying work term.

Does York University offer any other internship programs?

Yes, in addition to the Internship Programs offered by the York University Career Centre, there is the York International Internship Program (YIIP). For more information on other exciting ways to connect with other York students and new graduates, please visit the employer page on the Career Centre website.

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