Experiential education is hands-on learning that applies the concepts and theories you’re studying to real world challenges. You’ll engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, in the workplace, in the community and abroad. You will collaborate with community partners and contribute to meaningful work that moves organizations toward their goals.
Earn course credit – plus essential, in-demand employment skills and experience in your field – with placement and work integrated learning opportunities. You’ll get an unpaid part-time position within an organization where you will focus on a clearly defined project. You’ll get hands-on experience, opportunities to network with people working in your chosen field, and insight into the kinds of employment positions and activities you might encounter after graduation.
You could work here!
With more than 25 placement partners located in the public and private sectors, community-based, nonprofit groups and trade unions, you will find one that’s right for you!
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
YSW Tenant Union
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Amalgamated Transit Union
Ontario Nurses' Association
CWA Canada - The Media Union
Disability Justice Network of Ontario
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Toronto Public Library Worker's Union
Canadians for Tax Fairness
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
What is a placement?
You will apply for a position within an organization, where you’ll practise and develop the skills learned in your course.
Will I be paid?
No. You’ll receive course credit because each placement experience is tied to a particular course.
Will I be graded?
Yes. You’ll be assigned a supervisor who will guide you through the experience and evaluate your performance.
How long is the placement?
You will work part-time so you can continue your studies. The length varies by course.
How do I apply?
You’ll get a job description that outlines the application process, which usually involves a resumé and cover letter, interview and references.
Will I be insured while on placement?
Students who are on an unpaid placement are fully insured by York University.
My placement at The Power Lab aims to create more diverse and equitable economies from a community led perspective by teaming up with a number of partners that have a passion for community organizing. Doing a co-op placement has been extremely beneficial to my academic career as it has given me a different perspective on community organizing and diverse and equitable economies that could not have been learned in a lecture.
— Giulia D’ingillo, Work & Labour Studies Student