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Internships are posted on OSCARplus

Did you know students can complete as many internship placements as they like over the course of their undergraduate career?

Search for Internships on OSCARplus.

Internships allow you to explore careers, to develop employability skills and to make important contacts for both now and after graduation.

Internships are either part-time or full-time, and are non-credit, paid work opportunities lasting 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in duration. Upon completion, the internship placement is noted on the official student transcript.

Internship Information

Do you have questions about the Social Sciences Internship Program and want to learn more? This video covers all the information you will need!

Eligibility

Only students who meet the following eligibility criteria are provided access to view and apply to these postings:

  • Registered in the Faculty of Social Sciences in a degree program completing a minimum of 18 units during the Fall/Winter Term

  • In good academic standing with the university (not on academic probation)

  • In good financial standing with the university (no outstanding financial accounts on the student record)

  • Registered in Level II or above (official registration for Level II begins only after the student has successfully completed Level I requirements and has commenced coursework for Level II, usually in September of their second year)

  • Completed SOC SCI 2EL0, Career Planning through Experiential Learning (no exemptions will be made)

  • Must be authorized to work in Canada (International students must refer to the Government of Canada website http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-offcampus.asp to ensure eligibility before submitting an application)

Internship Options

EE Cultivated Internships

Throughout the year, internship placements are cultivated by the Office of Experiential Education (EE) and posted on OSCARplus under the Internships & Co-op tab

While some employers have short job posting and hiring timelines, many employers begin recruitment the academic term prior to the internship start date.  Therefore, students are encouraged to check the site often for suitable placements, and plan ahead if considering internships for future terms.  See below for a sample timeline as to when most employers choose to post internship placements on OSCARplus.

Internship Term

Term Posted

Fall 2019

Summer 2019

Winter 2020

Fall 2019

Summer 2020

Winter 2020

 

Student-initiated Internships

Students can take the initiative to secure a job on their own and have their experience noted on the official student transcript as an internship placement. These positions, though not cultivated through the EE office, may hold equal value in providing you with a unique opportunity to capitalize on the learning opportunities within the position.

Interested students are required to complete the Student-initiated Internship Application form to see if their position qualifies.

Student-initiated internship applications are submitted to the Programming and Outreach Manager via email to kerlong@mcmaster.ca on the following dates for each respective term:

Term

Deadline Date

Term 1

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Term 2

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Summer

Monday, May 11, 2020

 

Late applications will not be accepted.

Internship Handbook

Did you know all internship placements are paid and are noted on the official student record?

Read the internship handbook.

Internship Fees

The following fees will be applied to internship placements. Internship fees are charged so that the Faculty may recover a portion of the overall administrative costs. These include: access to OSCARplus internship postings, employer development, application processing, internship mid-way review and transcript notation.

Internship Type

Each 4-month Term

Full-time

$200

Part-time

$100

 

Internship Documents & Resources

photo of Stephen Erickson

Stephen Erickson


Geography

"I was originally drawn to the Peel Regional Police Crime Analyst internship after noticing the position gave me the chance to utilize the skills I had acquired through my degree. My expectations going into the placement were to learn something new, and to hopefully network and grow new relationships. What I found was a real interest in a field that I never saw myself working in."

FAQs:

When is a good time to start looking for an internship?
Depending on your course load requirements and extra-curricular activities, you may begin applying to internship placements as early as your second year.  If you mean at which point during the year, the Office of Experiential Education receives internship listings continually. It's probably best to begin your internship search the semester prior to your desired placement. That way, you'll have time to respond to listed positions and initiate contacts on your own as well. Lead time can give you a competitive edge when it comes to composing an effective cover letter or tailoring your resume to a desired internship.

Can I get academic credit for my internship?
Students do not receive academic credit for internship placements, however they are noted as a Pass or Fail grade on the official record.  In addition, students receive a transcript notation which includes the position title, name of the organization worked for and the start and end date of the placement. 

What salary can I expect?
Salaries vary according to experience and skills required, year in school, type of position, type of employer, and location.  It is not unusual to find positions ranging from minimum wage up to $25.00 per hour. 

Resume Critiques

Did you know students applying for an EE internship can request to have their cover letter and resume critiqued by the Programming and Outreach Manager? 

 

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Outreach Manager