An internship is included as a degree requirement for Leder School of Business' Bachelor of Commerce, as it provides balance to students’ theoretical classroom learning with practical, hands-on, experiential learning.
The Bachelor of Commerce Internship program is a structured and supervised professional work/learn experience within a business environment, government department, or not-for-profit organization. The internship takes place between the successful completion of year-three and before the commencement of year-four studies. By then, it is expected that students will have gained the theoretical and technical knowledge as well as the initiative and understanding to contribute meaningfully in a ‘real-world’ business and management setting.
During the internship experience, students expand their horizons, develop new work skills, showcase their talents, and increase their confidence. At the same time, students introduce new ideas and creativity into a workplace, and become part of a professional network. Contributing skills, energy, enthusiasm; team building; meeting deadlines; presenting ideas; and receiving performance feedback are all part of the Internship learning for students.
Terms of Internship
Ideally, the internship is a full time job that lasts throughout spring and summer terms; beginning in May and ending in August. The four month work term offers learning opportunities that may include: working as part of a team, seeing projects through to completion, and developing good solid references for future job search. The required internship minimum is 160 hours of full-time or part-time, paid employment or volunteer work. If done on a part-time basis during the Winter or the Spring/Summer terms, the student is required to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Rate of pay and hours of work are negotiated between the student intern and the employer. If the internship is unpaid volunteer work, it is still necessary for an employer to provide a structured work environment consisting of a scheduled calendar of work hours and consistent lines of reporting.
The Leder School of Business is fortunate to have the support of many committed employers who have enthusiastically provided Internship work opportunities for students. Students have completed their internships with local businesses as well as those in other provinces, the USA, Mexico, Cambodia and Africa.
"Overall, my experience was a great one and I’m very glad I did it. I think it will greatly prepare me for the future, as it developed not only work related skills, but many personal skills as well.”
Fourth Year Business Student