FAQ for Students
Can international students apply to an Internship Program?
- Yes, eligible international students can take part in the Internship Programs. The Career Centre and York International will assist you in obtaining an internship work permit (i.e. Co-op Work Permit) after you are officially enrolled in an Internship Program. Please be aware that some government agencies will only accept internship applications from Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents.
My Internship Program application has been approved. What are my next steps?
- Visit the Current Interns page.
What if I'm not eligible for an Internship Program?
- The Career Centre has a number of programs, services, events and resources to help you build skills and gain experience, including a free job posting board for students and new graduates that offers a range of full-time and part-time positions.
When should I apply to an internship program?
- See recommended application timelines on the application page.
Is there a cost to participate in the internship programs?
- Yes, there is a one-time, non-refundable program enrollment fee of $200 that will be applied to your student account upon your acceptance into an Internship Program.
- There will also be an additional non-refundable cost of $475 per work term once a student secures an internship position and enrolls in the Internship Work Term course.
How many students find internships?
- Approximately 80% of internship students secure internships, however it does vary depending on the number of positions available. It usually takes about 2-4 months to secure a position, but interns can continue searching for up to 8 months as long as they continue to meet the program eligibility requirements.
What can I do to increase my chances of finding an internship?
- Don’t rely solely on job postings from the Career Centre's online job posting system – take the initiative to conduct your own job search and be sure to take advantage of the internship job search supports available through the Career Centre including: Drop-in Job Search Advising, Resumé Feedback Sessions and Interview Practice Sessions. Also, be sure to apply early, as many employers recruit their interns early in the term. PAIP internship students may also apply to become CPA Ambassadors, which includes access to the PDI's job posting board, networking events, e-newsletter, and more.
What if I can’t find an internship?
- Make an appointment with the Internship Coordinator to discuss job search strategies and participate in additional Career Centre workshops and services to increase your job search effectiveness and discuss opportunities to outreach and network with employers.
Can I do an international internship in another country?
- Unfortunately, we do not have the resources available to support you in the immigration process to work outside of Canada as part of the Internship Programs at this time. You may wish to explore the York International Internship Program (YIIP).
Can I take courses while on internship?
- Given the experiential education nature of this program and government recognized structure, interns are not permitted to enroll in courses while on internship without prior written permission from the Career Centre, with the exception of the zero credit internship work term course. The Career Centre monitors enrollment each term and students who fail to comply with this requirement risk de-enrollment from the internship program (without reimbursement of fees), removal from their current internship, and/or ineligibility for subsequent work terms. In addition, there may be implications for employer tax credit eligibility and international student Co-op Work Permits.
What if I don’t like my internship position?
- Once you accept an offer, you are making a commitment to an employer to complete the agreed work terms. Trying a position and then deciding to quit is not an option. However, the Internship Coordinator will work with you if you have any issues or concerns with your internship and we encourage you to speak with them as early in your internship as possible.
What if I want to stay at my internship position longer?
- Interns are welcome to request an extension of their internship with the agreement of their employer, as long as you have not exceeded the maximum internship length of 16 months and you meet the academic requirements to continue with another work term.
Do I need to do anything differently if it's my last work term?
- Students who are finishing their last work term with an employer are required to complete a Last Term Call in addition to the regular end of work term requirements.
I have questions about the Work Term Report & Supervisor Evaluation. Where can I get more information?
- Consult the Work Term Report & Supervisor Evaluation FAQ.
Does York University hire student interns?
- Yes, York University is committed to supporting experiential education. Departments across the campus hire from a variety of university sanctioned work-study related programs, which include the York Internship Programs. For more information about other work-study related programs, please visit sfs.yorku.ca/employment.
Still have questions about the Internship Programs?
- Please contact the Internship Coordinator or drop into the Career Centre during internship office hours.