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The three rules for creating a great internship


Earlier last month I was interviewed by BC Business Magazine about how to create a great internship program.  In that interview I gave them 3 rules:

Robert Jago, owner and director of Experience Education Internship Providers Inc., an agency that partners with for-profit schools and private universities to manage internship programs, says millennials “need to have a relationship with people at their host company... they need a mentor and they need to have guidance in their work.”

Jago and his team believe that Generation Y works best in a collaborative environment. Forcing interns to work in a silo, he says, is a flawed strategy, adding that businesses looking to create successful intern programs should follow these three steps.

1. Create a Partnership

Interns can’t flourish if left to their own devices, so make sure there’s someone in the company who can act as a mentor and guide. Don’t hold the intern’s hand every step of the way, but make sure guidance is available when needed. “We received 1,200 to 1,500 reports from interns last year,” says Jago. “Those who are happiest are the ones who have somebody they can touch base with, someone they can ask questions.”

2. Remember, Interns Aren’t Leaders

Just because your intern has unique skills doesn’t mean they should take the lead on projects. An intern may be a master at crafting clever tweets, but that doesn’t mean she should be running your entire social media channel. Interns aren’t the pillars you build on, but pieces that can augment existing teams.

3. Follow the Rule of Three

Internships should be broken up into three separate parts: the tasks that must be completed in order to keep a business functioning, job shadowing and a guided personal project. This balance will allow the freedom and creativity that will keep interns engaged while providing a safety net for any stumbles along the way. But don’t demand too much: “What a Gen-Xer sees as a great opportunity, a Gen-Yer can see as exploitative,” says Jago.

The rest of the article can be found here.

Visiting our interns in Central Canada


This past week I went on a business trip to Montreal and Toronto – two very different cities that are just a couple of hours apart. The main goals were to visit students who are currently interning or working in a casual job, as well as creating a Montreal guide. I had the chance to take in these totally different places with their own charm and character. On my free day, I went to cool off at Niagara Falls.

Montreal is known as a vibrant Canadian city that has a true European flair that can be seen in the architecture, the streets, the parks, and the multicultural society as well as in their food and drinks. (Some groceries made my German heart beat just a little bit faster). For example, Old Montreal has it’s original cobblestone roads and historic street signs. The big impact of music and arts can be felt all around the city, so it is not surprising that people also call Montreal the “Cultural Capital of Canada.“ In fact, I just missed the Jazz Festival that takes place annually from June 28th until July 7th.


Parlez-vous français? Unfortunately all the French I’ve learned has all been forgotten. Montreal is located in the province of Quebec and is mainly francophone, yet I managed to get around the city pretty well just by speaking English. Their summers are hot and the winters are cold – so coming from “Raincouver” it was a really nice change to have sun and an average temperature of 30°C.

Furthermore, here are some interesting discoveries I made (a list that could be continued with 100 or more facts):

  • I believe everywhere in the world, stop signs on the streets actually read “Stop” – but in Montreal, it reads “Arrêt”.
  • Last Sunday, it was la fête nationale (a huge francophone festival throughout the whole city to celebrate Quebec). Amazingly enough, in Canada, if a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a statutory holiday.
  • As far as I know, Montreal is one of the few places in Canada where alcohol can be bought in a regular convenience or grocery store. ...

What I can say in conclusion? I will be back!

Note: Blog entries about Toronto and Niagara Falls will follow soon.

Pictures can´t capture everything


Incredible - This might be the best way to describe the journey I took last week. Being a real city girl, I never thought of how amazing and fascinating nature can be. Since I had to visit students in Banff and Lake Louise who are currently doing an internship there, I had the chance to travel to the Rocky Mountains. Taking the Greyhound bus was quite a journey but all worth it. The scenery is just breathtaking and the towns of Banff and Lake Louise just cute, special, and traditional.

The students who are staying in the Rockies absolutely love it. They really enjoy their work at the hotel. They surely had to get used to the cold but now, in March, when it´s starting to get warmer, it´s very nice. Of course, the snow still stays so the Rocky Mountains seem to be the place to be for all kinds of winter sport activities. There are lots of tourists snowboarding, skiing, snow walking, dog sliding, or just visiting different sights within the towns. So when one works there in the Rockies means meeting a lot of people from all countries from all over the world. Just walking through the streets made me recognize all the different languages spoken.

An absolutely unforgettable experience is to go on the top of the mountains. You take a gondola up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and there it is – the gorgeous, untouched nature all round you. It is absolutely breathtaking and you literally feel like you were on top of the world. Unfortunately I didn´t see any wild animal but one squirrel. But I guess that might just be one of the many reasons to go back there one day.[gallery link="file" orderby="rand"]

FYI: To introduce myself to you– my name is Tina and I've been interning at Vancouver Internships for three weeks now. I am a Sociology student from Germany who is living the Canadian experience. After staying in the United States for one year when I was 16 years old I wanted to experience what is like to work in North America. To extend my living and cultural experience I decided to come to Canada.  I've found it so much more different from the US than I expected. I am going to stay here in Vancouver for five months before I’m going back to do my Masters.

Touring Staff Accommodation


The Casual Work Experience Program (CWE) is offered at 10 of our partner schools across Canada.  CWE students have the option of working in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Victoria - or out at a resort in the Rockies, the BC Islands or Interior, or in resort areas of Ontario. This program is designed specifically for ESL students, giving them a chance to improve their English quickly.  Nearly all ESL students in this program self report a significant increase in their English comprehension skills within 1 month, more than two thirds report a significant increase in their speaking ability over the same period.

The resort placement option in this program stands out for the fastest increase in speaking skills and for a host of other benefits, most importantly shared subsidized staff accommodation.  Staff accommodation typically costs less than $20 per day - often much less.  The shared aspect helps students adapt to being far from where they studied, and gives them an immediate social life where they can practice their English even more.

As for the accommodation itself, we recently did a tour of staff accommodation at one of our host companies in the Rockies.  You can see that tour below:

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Visting our working holiday students in Banff


Last week, I had the privilege of going to Banff, Alberta to visit the students in our Casual Work Experience Resort program. The best words to describe my time there are “chilly” and “colourful,” because the leaves in Alberta are turning yellow and red even faster than here in Vancouver. It made the drive through the Rocky Mountains even more beautiful than usual. I had brought a good sweater, too, so the cold was no problem. In fact, it was kind of nice to bundle up in the mountains.

The first thing I wanted to do when I was in Banff was say hi to one of our hosts. She runs a major hotel right in the heart of town and one of our students had been working for her all summer. I had a chance to talk to the student, her name is Pon, for a few minutes:


Next, I went to visit a student named Renata who had just started her work term in Banff. She had been working in her hotel for less than two weeks, but you would never know it. She got along really well with her host and her coworkers, and she was extremely quick at cleaning rooms! There was a system to everything, and she was going to be a pro in no time. She also seemed to know her way around the gigantic hotel she worked in, which looked like a big disjointed maze to me.

Most students in the Resort stream of the Casual Work Experience program get to live in subsidized staff housing. So after her shift, Renata took me to see where she lives. Her accommodation is about a 15 minute walk from her hotel right in the quiet, residential part of Banff. Once we got further from the tall hotels and closer to her apartment, we could see the mountains all around us.

I think she could probably see them from every window in her place. (Part of the joy of living in a National Park). Her kitchen was cute, there was a lot of space in the living room, and her roommate seemed really nice. But that also could have been because she’d gotten to sleep all day.

It seemed like everyone in Banff was settled in and happy in their jobs, and so my work there was done. I went on my way and wandered the cozy town. When I was walking down a side street, I came across a couple deer outside of a church.


I tried my best not to scare them away, and in the end they let me get as close as a metre away! It was a very serene experience until one of them looked up and stared me in the face. That’s when I decided it was time to move away from the wildlife. It was starting to rain anyway, so I ducked inside and got myself some prime Alberta beef.



Casual Work Experience Program - Interview Preparation Notes


Nearly every student coming in to the Casual Work Experience program thinks their host company interview will be easy.  And nearly every student is surprised at how incredibly hard they can be after they've actually done one.

Casual interviews are hard.  Harder than internship interviews.  There are a few reasons for this:

  1. For most students it's a major career change.  A lot of students in the CWE program are lawyers, engineers, and other professional office staff.  Most have little to no hospitality or retail experience.  Additionally, host companies are always worried that people from an office environment will find retail and hospitality jobs boring, or that they'll very quickly grow tired with them.
  2. Students, especially those from office and technical backgrounds, tend not to prepare for a retail or hospitality interview.  Some students think because the job is more casual, they can be more casual about their interview.  Students will come in torn jeans, they will not have researched the company, they will have skipped interview practice.  And when they arrive at the company, they fail the interview.
  3. The lower skilled the position, the more screening is required.  If you are applying for a job which requires a lower skill set, you will have a tougher interview than if you were applying for a job with a much higher skill set.  If you are hiring an accountant, you can sort people out before the interview just by looking at their education and work experience.  For a job as a dishwasher, almost any one can be considered a serious applicant, so all the sorting will need to be done at the interview.


When your interview is arranged, Vancouver Internships will send you an email giving you details of the casual work term position you are interviewing for, the date, the time, the name of the interviewer, directions – and finally the web address.  Example:

Hello Sam Pul,

How are you?

Good news!  You will have an interview this Friday, May 14th at 2:30pm.  The interview will be with a gastro-pub called O'Malley's.  O'Malley's is located in downtown Vancouver on 190 Granville Street.  Your interviewer’s name is Charlie – he is the chef.

You will be interviewing for a position as a busser.  As a busser you will help clear and set up tables, assist guests with basic items like water and condiments, and assist the waiters and serving food.

Before the interview, we want you to research the pub very carefully.  Please visit www.omalleys.fx .  Make sure you understand the menu, style of food, and how long they have been operating.

Someone from our office will go to the interview with you.  Please come to our office at 2:00pm and we will walk to the company together.  Remember to dress formally – no jeans or running shoes.

Good luck.  See you Friday.

Best regards,

Johnny Smith

Student Services

Vancouver Internships

You will probably get this email 2 or 3 days before the actual interview, though if you have failed interviews in the past, it is possible that you can get your notice 1 day before your interview.  Please use what time you have to research the host company website.  It will be important for you later.  A lot of the interview questions require that you know something about the company.  These websites are written for native speakers, so the English can be complex.  That means you can’t research the company at the last minute and hope to succeed – you need to research at least 1 day in advance in order to give yourself enough time to translate parts of the website, and to understand in detail what the company does.

Next – dress nicely.  Notice that in the email, it says – “dress formally, no jeans or running shoes”.  Here’s what that means – these are the kind of clothes you should wear – while some are more formal than others, almost any of these styles would be suitable (though you can usually leave the tie at home):


Even if the company seems casual and relaxed on their website, even if your interviewer is in jeans, even if it only has 4 or 5 workers, dress nicely.  Not doing so, shows carelessness and a lack of respect and the company will notice it.

FYI – if you didn’t bring nice clothes with you, try:

  • Joe Fresh Style – This is the cheapest place to buy nice clothes.  There’s a Joe outlet 50 metres from our office.
  • H&M.  Same as in your country, cheap, affordable clothes – there’s one at Pacific Centre.
  • Value Village.  Second hand (used clothes and shoes).  If you want to be super cheap, you can find a suit here for as low as $10.  You can find the best Value Village here.  To get there, take the number 20 bus from directly in front of our office.


Here are the questions that are asked 90% of the time:

Tell me about yourself - this is an icebreaker.  It’s meant to make you feel at ease, and it’s a good way to gauge how the rest of the interview will go.  You have a lot of control at this point and it’s a good moment to sell yourself. Try using this as a model for your answer (but don’t copy this word for word):

My name is John and I am from Italy. I have a degree in accounting and I decided to come to Vancouver to improve my English and experience living abroad. Vancouver is a beautiful and friendly place and also its possible to meet people from all over the world. Im a determined, hardworking person, and I would like to have experience working in Canada.

Why did you decide to come to Vancouver? – the employer wants to know your opinion about Vancouver.  It could also be asked as ‘What do you think of Vancouver?.  Be positive.  Even if you have grown to hate the city with a burning intensity – keep it to yourself and only talk about the positive parts of being here.  Model answer:

I love Vancouver.  It’s such a beautiful city, I love the nature.  I’ve been kayaking and I visited Lynn Canyon and Stanley Park.  In my city we don’t have a lot of nature, so it’s amazing to be able to visit it each weekend here.  The people are very friendly and helpful too.

Do you have any previous customer service experience? – This question is  to find out if you are used to and capable of dealing with people. If you have the experience, it will be a good opportunity to explain your duties at your last job. Otherwise, in case you don’t have any experience in this field, just be confident. Model answer:

 I havent had previous work experience yet, but I would like to have this opportunity. I have had to work in a team on many occasions during school and have also volunteered and worked with the public.

Tell me about your last job – This is a great opportunity to talk about your past experience. Try to highlight past experience related to the position you are applying for. Be positive and never say bad things about your last job. Model answer:

I worked in a bank as a cashier and it was a good experience because I learned how to deal with different customers. I learned to be organized, patient and flexible. Based on this, I think that it would be great to work in a restaurant and increase my customer service skills.

Why did you leave your last job? - Pay attention to the answer that you will give the employer. In this case, the manager wants to understand the reason why you quit the job. Your answer will determine whether or not he/she feels you would be a good person to hire or not hire. So, try to be direct and don’t play “the victim”. Model answer:

I was working in a Bank, but I decided to quit the job in order to do an exchange and improve my English. I talked with my manager and he said that it was fine. I hope I will return to their company when I go back home.

Why did you decide to apply with us? - Be honest.  Companies don’t want insincere flattery.  Your English may be good, but it probably isn’t good enough (yet) to lie convincingly at a job interview.  Tell the interviewer that your counsellor at Vancouver Internships presented the company to you.  They want to know that you’re not applying to them randomly, but have some interest in their line of work. Also, we hope you’ve done your research, because it will matter here.  There is a 100% chance your host company will ask this question. Model answer:

My agency, Vancouver Internships, told me about your company. I did some research and I know that Its a traditional restaurant focussed on Malaysian Cuisine. Its one of the most popular restaurants of this kind of ethnic food and Ive already had the experience to eat here before.

What kinds of skills are necessary for a (restaurant worker)? – This question is to know how familiar you are with this kind of environment. Model answer:

I believe that employees need to be hardworking, flexible and have the ability to work under pressure. They need to be organized, multi-tasking and have the ability to work in a team. Also, they need to be in a good mood and always with a big smile upon their face.

Do you prefer to work independently or with a team?  Give some examples of past jobs that involved team work.  – This question is just to evaluate what kind of person you are and understand a little bit more about your last experience. Model answer:

 I have the ability to work independently and on a team. I am able to do my tasks without supervision.  Also, I like to work in a team. I think that employees need to be able to work together. Once I was working in restaurant as a hostess and I was responsible for making customers feel comfortable and answering any questions or concerns that they had. I was also had to liaise with servers. Everybody needed to work in a group.

How would you describe yourself ? - This is where you should emphasize some skills that you’ve already had. Model answer:

I am a determined, responsible and punctual person. I consider myself an organized and  hardworking person too. Also, I always try to do my best whenever I start a new activity.

 If I spoke to one of your past co-workers, how would they describe you? – Employers ask this question to find out whether or not you had a good rapport with your previous coworkers. Model answer:

People usually say that I am a happy and fun person. They say that I am energetic, dynamic and also am a good team player.

How do you handle stress? – This is a typical question and employers ask it in order find out how you deal with different kinds of situations. Model answer:

 Its very common to work under pressure and stress. Its not a thing that we like to work with, but I always try to keep my priorities in order so that I can do the best job. I always try to keep focused.

What motivates you? Be positive and say what things make you want to work hard. Model answer:

I am motivated by an environment that I can learn and been part of a group. I like to help others and meet new people.

Have you ever been involved in a conflict with customers or co-workers?  If so, how did you handle the situation? – This question is asked in order to find out how you would act/react in the case of a problem. Model answer:

When I have a problem with someone, I try to talk with the person about the situation and solve the issue the best way that I can. I try to explain my point of view and listen to what the other person has to say. I try to figure out the best option so that both parties’ grievances are seen to.

What are you looking for in a job? - They want to know if you are applying for a specific position. Model answer:

I really want Canadian work experience and also hope to improve my English. I believe that this position will help me to achieve my goals.

What is your greatest strength? - This is a classic question.  And very straightforward – talk about what you are best at and give examples.  Avoid things which aren’t closely related to your working life.  Model answer:

I am very organized and I am good at multi-tasking.  In my last job, I was the team project leader, so my job was to take the project and break it down into smaller jobs for my team.  I coordinated all of their work and checked up on them to make sure that everything was ready on time for our client.

What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve your weakness? - Another classic question.  Discuss something you don’t do well, and then explain how you are dealing with it.  In some cases, you may need to give an example of when that weakness caused problems for you and how you overcame those problems.  Don’t say you’re a ‘perfectionist’ – that’s not considered to be a valid answer.  If you want to discuss language problems here, that will be ok.  Model answer:

I have had trouble with English writing.  I think I don’t know a lot of important vocabulary.  In my old job, I had to write business letters to our New York office and it was difficult.  That’s why I came to Canada.  I’ve been learning English for 6 months, and it has helped a lot.  I still have some difficulties, but I have a tutor 2 times per week in the evenings and they help me to improve my writing.

Why should I hire you? – It is a typical question and a good moment to show the employer that you are the right person for the position. It’s time to sell yourself. Be confident. Model answer:

I believe that I have the skills that you are looking for in this position. I like to deal with different types of public and I have great customer service skills. I am flexible and hardworking which is very important for this job. I also have the willingness to learn.

How many hours a week do you expect to work, full or part time? – You need to give your true availability. If you are able to work 8 hours per day (full time) or just between 4 and 6 hours per day (part time) be honest.

Are you flexible? Are you able to work … (mornings / afternoons / evenings)? - Most places are looking for a flexible person in order to accommodate necessary changes on the schedule. You need to be honest about your availability and remember that as long as you have flexibility, your chances of getting the job increase.

Do you have your own transportation? Employers ask this question to find out if it’s possible for you to work late or if you depend on public transportation, so be honest.

How much do you expect to make an hour? This is a difficult question to answer. You don’t want to lose the employer’s interest, so It’s better to be flexible. Model answer:

My main interest is to improve my English, so I am fine with minimum wage.  Anything above that of course would be fantastic.

Do you have any questions for me? Here you can ask about dress code, company expectations, you can ask if they’ve ever had an intern before.  Whatever you ask though, please prepare your questions before the interview, and discuss them with a Vancouver Internships counsellor in advance.  Sample questions:

  • What kind of person are you looking for in this position?
  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • What personality do you think fits best with your company?
  • When is the soonest I could start to work?

*Make sure that the questions you ask have not already been answered during the interview.

All these questions should give you an idea about typical interview questions and the types of answers most employers are looking for. Always remember to give answers that emphasize your skills and experience and that will be useful to the job you are applying for.

Don’t try to memorize your answers because you need to sound natural. This guide is to help you practice and prepare for your interview.

If you have any questions about how you can answer these questions, please write them down and bring them with you to your interview practice session at Vancouver Internships.


Resume Preparation Resources


The first task we have with every student who comes through our company is resume preparation.  For some students we begin resume preparation with a seminar at their school.  Below you can see the Power Point we use for that seminar. We just put it online for our seminar students, and I thought it could be helpful for our other students if we shared it a bit more widely: FYI: In the presentation, we talked about resume templates.  The link shown in the presentation is password protected - but we have a few open sources here on our student support page.

Internship Pictures of the Week


Another busy summer week.  I was away at our Toronto office, but while I was, it was business as usual here in Vancouver.  Heaps of interviews this week, here are a few pictures from them, including one really weird one:

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Going left to right from the top, the first picture we have is the weird one.  This is Viviana and a snake.  Sarah was taking her to an interview for a (CDP) office admin position and they ran into a guy taking his snake for a walk.  Next is Anna Clara, here she is at an interview for a food sciences internship.  After her is Rogelio at an IT interview.  He passed as well and will be doing a placement involving web design.  On the next row is Viviana again, this time at her interview.  Beside her is Helene - we were talking with her as part of a mid-term site visit.  We do these visits for most of our students.  During the visits we check up on them and see how they are doing, and how their host feels about their placement.  Beside her is Ricardo on the way to an engineering interview, and lastly, at the bottom is Edgar meeting with a host at a cafe.



Visiting our Toronto office, hosts, and students


That's downtown Toronto as seen from the Toronto Islands.  I accidentally picked the warmest day in the history of Toronto to visit our main eastern office.  It's 48 degrees with the humidity today.  That's119 F for the metrically challenged.

Still, had to go to lots of meetings, and had the chance to tag along on a student interview.

First off, you might think it's strange that a company called VANCOUVER Internships would have an office in Toronto.  It is strange - which is why out here, we are called Experience Education (

Anyhow, the meetings went well, I did a tour of the CN Tower with a host supervisor.  We have a student there in a sales position working on group and corporate sales.  It's an interesting job - she has the chance to give tours to corporate clients, promote the tower as a destination for groups, and help manage bookings.  They have 300,000+ people come in to the tower each year through group and corporate tours, so it's quite a big job.

They also told me about a new attraction they're putting up - it's a rail that goes around the top of the CN Tower, so you can walk around the outside of it.  Unfortunately the PR people were busy, so I wasn't able to take any pictures, except for the student's desk - which is here:

Our intern will be testing out the new attraction before it opens on August 1st, so hopefully we'll get permission to put up pictures of that.  FYI - our intern was away today, she was out at the Zoo.  Students who intern at a major Toronto attraction like the CN Tower, Casa Loma etc... get a pass that gives them free entry to every other major Toronto attraction.  She'd be insane not to take advantage of that, and the Toronto Zoo really is several kinds of awesome, so I completely understand her being away today.

After the CN Tower, I dropped by a marketing agency to check in on another intern of ours.  He's working in marketing, quite high end stuff, he's on a project for the Cuban government, promoting tourism there.  Here's his supervisor at his host company talking about what he does there, and about what other students can do there (sorry for the background noise, unavoidable):


After that, I took a break to go buy some empanadas at Kensington Market (my favourite food in Toronto), and then change and get ready for an interview in the afternoon.  This was for a student doing fashion design.  She passed her interview and will start Monday.  I didn't realize it before I went there, but I've actually been to that shop before, ages ago to buy an Obama dress for a friend.  They're really prominent here in Toronto.  Here are a couple pictures from the interview:

First, with the student waiting for the interview to start:

Next, with her supervisor in the silk-screening room:

Here's one of the dresses from the shop - it's really really cool:

Right then, first thing tomorrow back to Vancouver and our icy summer.


Meet Priscila, our new HR Admin Intern


My name is Priscila Chagas and I'm from Brazil. I've been in Vancouver since March 2011 and I decided to live here for one year to learn about Canadian culture and enjoy a new life experience. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and I chose this career because I'm really interested in how the connections between people happen.  I'm working as a Human Resources Intern at Vancouver Internships  and  I'm responsible for helping with all the processes related to  the ESL version of our SIP (Student Internship Program).

The SIP is a great program for ESL students because it provides them with the opportunity to improve their English, meet people from different parts of the world, know a little bit more about Canadian culture and also have a professional work experience in a different environment.

Also, this experience increases their knowledge about their fields and can help them to get a good job when they go back to their countries.

Here’s one of our students telling us about their SIP experience:



Pictures of the week - Summer Internships / Riots etc.


[gallery link="file"] We had a very busy, very odd week here.  We had 20 interviews done this week - and a whole bunch of students passed.  The odd part though was the riot.

Looking at these pictures, here's what's going on in each.  From left to right, starting at the top:

  • Picture 1: That's Sarah and Khadijah at a school presentation.  We have these nearly every week at one of our partner schools.  Whenever possible we get an old intern involved as well.  Sarah is telling students about our programs and Khadijah is explaining what her internship was like.
  • Picture 2: IT interview.  The person second from the right is Majid.  He interviewed on Monday at a local IT company.  He passed and will be starting with them soon as a web applications developer.
  • Picture 3: Jose at another IT interview.  Jose manages information systems and he's there at a software company - this pic is from the end of his interview - which he also passed.  He started with them right away.
  • Picture 4: Emma on the left is pictured at the new natural history museum, just at the end of her interview.
  • Picture 5: Grace - she had a bunch of interviews this week and more next.  She's a student in the Career Development Program.
  • Picture 6: Saif - he was hired at the end of his internship placement.  We paid his company a visit earlier this week to see how his new job is working out.  It's working out well, he's really enjoying himself there.
  • Picture 7: Another school presentation - this one is Daniel, a chemical engineering intern we placed.  He's here at his school giving a class presentation about what he did during his internship.  Something about new energy and bugs.
  • Picture 8: I'm sure if you watched the news at all this week, you saw there were riots in Vancouver after the hockey game.  This is a picture of Marie and Agnes doing a tour of our street.  Our office is on Granville Street and this was one of the hardest hit areas during the riots.  A lot of the shops ar0und here were looted.
  • Picture 9: People from all over the city came downtown the morning after the riots to help clean up, to help shop keepers fix up their places, and to leave messages on the boarded up buildings.  This picture shows part of the crowd leaving messages.  It really is impressive  - those messages cover blocks and blocks, and are way more representative of the city than what we saw on the news the other day.

Internship Picture of the Day - Accounting


Accounting, regardless of the time of year, is consistently in our top 3 for most requested internships.  Here's one of our students from an Eastern Canadian university - Mike - at an interview with a downtown Vancouver accounting firm.  This is one of 3 accounting interviews this week, one of 10 over the next two weeks.

Here's the description of accounting internships from our website:

Accounting internships are an important next step for accounting majors, and business administration students. Placements in accounting are either with accounting firms, or in the accounting departments of larger manufacturing and service firms. At accounting firms, you will work in close partnership with a CGA/CMA, you will train on and use accounting software and spreadsheet programs such as Excel. You will assist with day-to-day office administration, and also assist with financial statements for outside companies. Working within the accounting departments of non-accounting firms, you will be a junior member of a larger team. You will help out with accounts receivable and payable, with payroll, and with financial statements.

For more info on accounting internships, visit our Student Internship Program page.

Internship Pictures and Placements of the Week


It's a typical summer week, in that we're far too busy to do any blogging.  So we've got a back log of these Internship 'Somethings of the Week' posts.  So lets put them together all in one.  First off, here are a bunch of pictures from the week:

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From the top, the guy up there is doing an IT placement in our SIP program.  Left to right above we see a paid marketing internship, unpaid hospitality, paid travel and tourism (in the same pic), and at the right paid office admin - standing in front of her host company's koi pond.  The paid interns are all in the CDP program.

Other placements this week:

  • Jessica passed her interview in Construction Management
  • Janeth passed her Travel and Tourism interview with a train company
  • Mario passed in Industrial Engineering
  • Evelyne passed her phone interview
  • Wasja confirmed his placement with a Social Media giant
  • Eva passed a casual work term interview with a really nice restaurant
  • and Maricela passed her paid Marketing interview

Tonnes more next week, in fact WAY busier than this one.  But the best news of the week for me is that we finally got the go ahead to take over the neighbouring office, which means were cleared to expand our office space significantly.  All my spare time this week has been spent doodling floor plans for the new office.  We're definitely going to have an interview room and kitchen/staff chill-out space, but we're playing around with floor plans - in theory we could fit 8 people in here comfortably, but we're also looking at giving staff some private space too.  We've got to figure this out by mid-week cause they need to start knocking down walls.


Offres de stages pour l’été / automne 2011


[gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] Notre Programme de Stage Étudiant (PSE) accepte maintenant les candidatures pour l’été / automne 2011. Nous avons encore 17 places libres pour un début le 6 juin (NB : d’autres dates sont possibles).

Le PSE s’adresse aux étudiants inscrits dans une université ou un autre établissement d’enseignement supérieur qui sont intéressés par faire un stage à Vancouver, Toronto ou Montréal. Dans le cadre du programme, les étudiants bénéficient d’une aide à la rédaction du CV, de conseils pour le stage, d’une préparation aux entrevues de sélection, et, bien sûr, le plus important, d’un stage garanti dans le secteur de leur choix.

Des informations plus détaillées sur le programme, y compris les tarifs et les conditions générales de vente, sont disponibles à l’adresse suivante :

Des placements sont disponibles dans des dizaines de secteurs. Vous trouverez ci-dessous la description des stages pour quelques-uns des secteurs les plus populaires.


Les stages en comptabilité sont une étape importante pour les étudiants qui suivent une spécialisation en comptabilité et gestion. Les placements dans ce domaine sont soit dans des cabinets comptables, soit dans les services comptabilité de grandes entreprises industrielles ou tertiaires. Dans les cabinets, vous travaillerez en étroite collaboration avec un Comptable Général Accrédité ou un Comptable en Management Accrédité, vous serez formé et utiliserez un logiciel de comptabilité et des programmes de tableur comme Excel. Vous participerez aux tâches administratives quotidiennes ainsi qu’à la réalisation des états financiers pour les entreprises clientes. Si vous travaillez dans le service comptabilité d’une grande entreprise, vous serez un membre junior de l’équipe. Vous aiderez à la tenue des comptes clients et fournisseurs et à la préparation des paies et des états financiers.


Les stages en publicité sont effectués en agence, et sont idéaux pour les étudiants qui suivent une majeure en publicité, marketing, communication ou encore sociologie. Dans une agence du pub, vous travaillerez en équipe. Vous pourrez potentiellement aider à la réalisation d’analyses SWOT pour de nouveaux clients, à des recherches publicitaires interculturelles, au développement de logos, de sites internet, de publicités imprimées, et vous assisterez aux réunions stratégiques. Les compétences informatiques sont importantes pour ce type de stage, plus vous en avez, plus votre expérience sera approfondie. La maitrise de la Suite Adobe Creative et la familiarité avec le système d’exploitation Mac sont des atouts majeurs. En plus de missions spécifiques, vous participerez également aux tâches administratives quotidiennes.


Les stages en architecture sont ouverts aux étudiants en 3ème ou 4ème année d’architecture ayant une connaissance intermédiaire (au minimum) du logiciel AutoCAD. Les stagiaires sont placés dans des cabinets d’architectes, et dans certains cas chez des promoteurs immobiliers. Vous travaillerez sous la supervision rapprochée d’architectes confirmés et mettrez en pratique vos connaissances d’AutoCAD en aidant à la réalisation de dessins structurels. Vous pouvez être amené(e) à travailler sur des tâches spécifiques ou bien sur un concept global et du design 3D. Chaque jour vous noterez ce sur quoi vous avez travaillé, et vous passerez votre travail en revue régulièrement avec vos responsables internes. Certains cabinets d’architectes proposent également à leurs stagiaires des petites formations et des visites de terrain.

Arts et culture

Les stages dans les domaines des arts et de la culture peuvent être effectués dans l’atelier d’un artiste, une société d’art, un théâtre ou une galerie d’art. Les missions spécifiques qui vous seront confiées pendant le  stage dépendent entièrement de vos centres d’intérêt. Les précédents stagiaires ont aidé dans des galeries, fait des exposés et des visites guidées pour des expositions, ont secondé les personnes en charge des accessoires et des indications scéniques dans des théâtres, ou encore travaillé aux côtés d’un sculpteur ou d’un autre artiste. Ce genre de stage est particulièrement adapté aux étudiants en arts plastiques.

Biologie / biotechnologies

Ces stages sont conçus pour les étudiants qui suivent un cursus universitaire en biologie ou un programme en biotechnologie dans une école technique. Les stagiaires travaillent à des postes qui combinent tâches administratives et observation dans des laboratoires ou des organismes gouvernementaux. Ils assistent les chercheurs et observent les biologistes dans leur travail quotidien.

Administration des affaires

Il y a deux sortes de stages possibles en administration des affaires.  Le premier est un stage spécialisé, qui se concentre sur un domaine particulier de votre majeure (contrôle de gestion, ressources humaines, etc.). Le second est un stage « tournant », dans lequel vous passez plusieurs semaines ou mois dans différents départements de l’entreprise. Par exemple, vous passez le premier mois aux achats, puis vous passez au marketing, puis à la comptabilité, et ainsi de suite. Ces types de stages vous donnent une compréhension approfondie du fonctionnement d’une entreprise. Ils conviennent parfaitement aux étudiants en management et administration des affaires.

Management de la construction

Les stages en management de la construction sont réalisés dans des entreprises de construction et des entreprises contractantes situées à Vancouver, Toronto ou Montréal. Typiquement, les stagiaires travaillent sur de gros projets résidentiels ou commerciaux et assistent les chefs de projet dans leurs tâches quotidiennes. Les étudiants seront envoyés sur les chantiers, et aideront le personnel sur le chantier ainsi qu’au siège à coordonner les chargements de matériaux, à conduire des inspections, et à faire le lien avec d’autres personnes. Les stages en management de la construction sont idéaux pour les étudiants inscrits dans une majeure de construction, de gestion de projet ou de génie civil.


Il y a deux types de stages dans le domaine de l’éducation : les placements en camp d’été et les placements dans les services administratifs d’une école. Ces derniers sont possibles entre septembre et juin et sont effectués dans des écoles privées à Vancouver, Toronto ou Montréal ou dans leurs alentours. Ils s’adressent aux étudiants qui suivent une majeure d’arts libéraux et qui souhaitent poursuivre une carrière dans l’éducation.  Dans l’administration vous découvrirez le travail administratif quotidien dans une école, et aurez l’opportunité d’assister à des cours et de seconder l’enseignant. Les placements en camp d’été sont très similaires, avec cependant un travail plus opérationnel.


Les stages dans le domaine électrotechnique sont ouverts aux étudiants en ingénierie qui ont terminé leur deuxième année d’étude. Les stagiaires sont placés à un poste opérationnel ou de R&D, soit dans une entreprise industrielle soit dans une société spécialisée en énergies vertes. Vous travaillerez sous la direction d’ingénieurs seniors et participerez aux projets et aux recherches. Avoir déjà utilisé un logiciel de CAO est un atout.


Les stages dans le domaine de l’environnement comprennent des placements à des postes administratifs et opérationnels. Cela peut être dans une ONG nationale ou internationale, ou dans une association locale de restauration environnementale. Ces stages conviennent à de nombreuses spécialisations telles que biologie, sociologie, communication ou encore sciences politiques.


Les stagiaires dans l’évènementiel ont des postes combinant commercial et logistique. Ils travaillent dans des entreprises spécialisées dans l’organisation de conférences ou d’évènements, et participent à l’organisation de conférences ou d’évènements professionnels. Vous travaillerez à la fois avec l’équipe logistique et l’équipe marketing/ventes. Vous serez en contact avec les fournisseurs et les organisateurs du lieu de réception, et participerez à l’évènement lui-même. Ce genre de stage est idéal pour des étudiants en majeures marketing ou communication, ainsi qu’à des étudiants suivant un cursus évènementiel dans un établissement d’enseignement supérieur.


Les stages dans le secteur de la mode peuvent se faire chez un créateur de vêtements sportifs ou dans une petite entreprise de haute couture. Les étudiants qui ont des compétences avancées en design pourront avoir l’opportunité de travailler directement à la création et au design de produits. Ceux qui ont des compétences moins spécifiques mais un fort intérêt pour le secteur seront exposés à l’aspect gestion de la mode, ce qui comprend entre autres le marketing et les achats.


Les stages dans le monde du cinéma sont effectués dans des petits studios qui réalisent des documentaires et des court-métrages ou avec des producteurs indépendants. Des placements sont aussi disponibles dans des entreprises en lien avec l’industrie cinématographique, par exemple les dresseurs d’animaux, les marketeurs de film ou encore les accessoiristes. Ces stages s’adressent aux étudiants en école de cinéma ou dans un programme d’arts plastiques.


Les stages en finance conviennent tout particulièrement aux étudiants en commerce, gestion, économie, ou toute autre majeure relative aux affaires. Les étudiants ont le choix entre travailler pour un organisme de placement / banque d’affaire ou pour un courtier. Dans les deux cas, vous serez placé(e) dans une petite équipe d’investisseurs / de courtiers, qui vous formera aux outils de recherche et aux méthodes de recherche d’investissements, de suivi de l’évolution des prix, et de rédaction de recommandations. Vous aiderez également aux communications client et à quelques tâches administratives simples.

Administration – secrétariat

Ces stages sont conçus pour des jeunes diplômés d’études collégiales, des étudiants en première année ou des étudiants dont l’objectif principal est de pratiquer leur anglais ou leur français. Ils peuvent se dérouler dans tout type d’entreprise, où vous assisterez le personnel ou le responsable administratif. Vous répondrez au téléphone, accueillerez les clients, remplirez des documents, et participerez à un projet ou en gérerez un vous-même. Tout au long de votre stage, vous communiquerez constamment avec vos collègues, vous apprendrez les compétences administratives basiques et pratiquerez votre anglais ou votre français.


Typiquement, les placements en graphisme se font dans des agences publicitaires et des entreprises spécialisées en marketing. Les étudiants sont accueillis dans l’équipe de design et participent à la conception de logos et d’identités graphiques. Ils aident également à l’élaboration de publicités, de graphismes web, de bandeaux publicitaires, etc. Les étudiants doivent avoir une connaissance élémentaire de la Suite Adobe Creative et être familiarisés avec le système d’exploitation Mac.

Technologies vertes

Les stages dans les technologies vertes sont ouverts à tous les étudiants. Vous aurez l’opportunité de travailler sur la partie gestion des entreprises du secteur des technologies vertes. Cela comprend des sociétés spécialisées dans les énergies renouvelables ou la compensation carbone, les fabricants de voitures électriques, et bien d’autres. Selon votre majeure, vous serez place à un poste marketing, financier, administratif ou technique.


Ces stages s’adressent aux étudiants suivant des cursus d’hôtellerie. Des postes en contact avec le client ou en back office ainsi que des stages « tournants » sont disponibles. Dans un stage tournant vous découvrirez tout l’hôtel, en expérimentant différents départements pendant votre immersion. Dans un poste en contact avec le client, vous serez à la réception, à accueillir les nouveaux clients, réaliser les enregistrements et les départs, et répondre aux questions.  Dans un poste de back office, vous acquerrez une expérience pratique en management, incluant des tâches en finance et ressources humaines.

Ressources humaines

Il y a deux catégories de stages en ressources humaines : recrutement et management des ressources humaines. En recrutement, vous serez placé(e) dans un cabinet de recrutement spécialisé dans un secteur particulier. Vous diffuserez des annonces, passerez les candidatures en revue, et conduirez certaines entrevues de sélection. En management des ressources humaines, vous travaillerez avec un responsable des ressources humaines dans une grande entreprise du secteur financier, tertiaire ou industriel. Vous l’assisterez dans la préparation des paies, la gestion des avantages sociaux et la résolution de conflits. Dans les deux types de stages, vous aiderez également au travail administratif de support.

Commerce international

Les stages en commerce international peuvent s’effectuer entre autres chez un transporteur ou un courtier en douane. Les stagiaires y découvriront la documentation relative au commerce à l’intérieur de l’ALENA et avec d’autres pays, vous rechercherez la meilleure option de transport et de chargement pour des livraisons au Canada et à l’étranger, vous travaillerez avec le personnel pour répondre aux demandes des clients, suivre les envois, et effectuer les tâches administratives basiques de support. Ce genre de stage est idéal pour les étudiants suivant un programme en commerce international ou une majeure en administration des affaires.

Droit et services juridiques

Ces stages sont conçus pour des étudiants suivant ou se destinant à des programmes pour devenir clerc ou assistant juridique. Les stagiaires travaillent dans des entreprises privées spécialisées en contentieux, droit de la famille ou droit des affaires. Des placements sont aussi possibles dans les départements juridiques d’organismes gouvernementaux ou dans les agences de services juridiques du secteur non lucratif. Les étudiants participent à la gestion des documents, aux tâches administratives, et bien souvent ont la chance d’aller au tribunal avec le juriste qu’ils assistent.


Les stages en marketing sont, de loin, les plus populaires. Des étudiants issus de pratiquement toutes les majeures peuvent travailler dans le marketing. Habituellement, les stages se font dans les départements marketing de grandes entreprises, avec pour mission d’assister l’équipe sur la publicité et la promotion. Dans quelques cas, si les étudiants ont des compétences spécifiques, ils peuvent être placés directement dans des agences spécialisées en marketing et promotion, où ils vont travailler sur des comptes clients, réaliser des analyses SWOT, collaborer à la conception de campagnes marketing ou encore assister à la production de matériels marketing.


Génie mécanique

Les stages en génie mécanique sont ouverts aux élèves ingénieurs ayant terminé leur deuxième année d’études. Vous aurez la possibilité de mettre en pratique vos compétences auprès d’un fabricant, vous aurez accès à des machines à commande numérique, vous ferez de la conception, de la recherche, et dans tous les cas du travail opérationnel. Les précédents stagiaires ont travaillé à l’amélioration de voitures électriques, conçu des systèmes pour bateau, et fait de la recherche et développement sur les technologies vertes.


Les stages dans le domaine des medias sont ouverts aux étudiants de toutes les spécialités, du moment qu’ils parlent couramment l’anglais ou le français et qu’ils ont des aptitudes rédactionnelles plus élevées que la moyenne. Les placements peuvent se faire aussi bien dans les nouveaux medias que dans les medias traditionnels. Les stagiaires travaillent pour des magazines, des journaux locaux, et quelquefois pour la télévision. Ils peuvent participer au travail d’édition et de rédaction, aux tâches administratives, à la vérification des faits, et plus encore.

Administration de réseaux

Il y a deux types de stage en administration de réseaux, selon le niveau de compétence des étudiants. Ceux qui ont des compétences avancées seront placés dans des grandes entreprises ou dans des entreprises de gestion de serveurs web. Ils acquerront de l’expérience dans la gestion de serveurs et d’un grand nombre d’ordinateurs. Les débutants seront placés dans des PME ou des organisations à but non lucratif. Ils y travailleront sous la supervision rapprochée de l’équipe informatique, participeront au travail quotidien de dépannage, et découvriront en quoi consiste la maintenance de réseaux.

Politique et militantisme

Ces stages sont réalisés auprès d’organisations militantes et/ou d’intérêt public. Les stagiaires effectuent des recherches sur des sujets intéressant l’organisation, ils peuvent aider à contacter des personnes décisionnaires ou bien à organiser des événements de sensibilisation. Les étudiants sont en charge de certaines tâches administratives et aident à la communication, par exemple en préparant les dossiers de presse et les affiches.


Les étudiants qui font un  stage dans l’immobilier sont placés chez des agents immobiliers spécialisés dans le secteur commercial ou résidentiel. Ils aident à mettre à jour les sites internet (pour cela, la formation est assurée par l’entreprise), ils diffusent des annonces, répondent aux courriels et aux appels téléphoniques, et participent aux portes ouvertes. De nombreux agents immobiliers organisent des événements d’information, que les étudiants pourront aider à organiser. Dans certains cas, les agents immobiliers collaborent étroitement avec des courtiers hypothécaires, ce qui donne l’opportunité aux stagiaires de travailler avec les deux parties du secteur immobilier.



Genie logiciel

Les étudiants dans ce domaine sont placés dans des entreprises concevant des logiciels. Ils aident à tester les nouveaux produits, à corriger les erreurs sur les produits existants, et à programmer de nouvelles fonctionnalités pour les mises à jour de logiciels à venir. Certaines entreprises se spécialisent dans une seule solution progicielle, alors que d’autres développent des programmes sur-mesure pour de grandes entreprises ou d’autres développeurs de logiciels. Ces stages sont parfaits pour les étudiants en troisième année de Technologie de l’Information.


Les stages dans le tourisme se font dans des agences de voyage, des tour-opérateurs, et quelquefois sur des sites touristiques majeurs. Les stagiaires travaillent avec les équipes marketing et commerciales à la promotion des produits. Nombre de ceux qui seront chez un tour-opérateur participeront aussi à la conception de nouveaux voyages organisés. Ceux qui seront sur des sites touristiques ou chez des opérateurs locaux participeront à des visites et assisteront les guides touristiques.

Programmation informatique

Les étudiants qui font un stage en programmation informatique travaillent pour des fabricants de logiciels, à la conception de programmes pour le web ou pour des appareils mobiles. Vous aiderez au développement d’un produit, et votre travail inclura des tests, de la résolution d’erreurs, et pour les étudiants les plus avancés, la conception de fonctionnalités. Les précédents stagiaires ont ainsi développé des applications pour des sites de rencontre, des logiciels de finance personnelle ou de navigation.

Conception de sites web

Les stages en conception web sont ouverts à des étudiants ayant des niveaux de compétence variés. Les exigences incluent la connaissance du langage html et d’un programme d’édition tel que Dreamweaver. Les stagiaires intègreront des entreprises de web conception ou des entreprises spécialisées en marketing où ils participeront à la construction de sites web. Ceux qui ont des compétences avancées pourront contribuer largement au processus de création, et ceux qui ont un niveau moins élevé travailleront sous supervision rapprochée et se verront confier des travaux spécifiques de mise à jour de sites ou de développement de petits éléments de sites web.


Picture of the day - bad lighting


Above is a picture from an interview earlier today.  This was at the Bank of Montreal here in downtown Vancouver.  The student, Donny, will be doing an internship with them in finance and investments.  He's coming from the University of Waterloo and is in our Student Internship Program.

It's a beautiful office and a great environment for an intern - very friendly and lots of hands on experience .  Not the best picture though, iPhone 3G, something about that camera is bad at adjusting to different lighting.  You can read more about the Student Internship Program here.

Internship picture of the day - another hotel interview


We`re super busy.  This is our busiest month of the year - all our Canadian university internships start in May and June, so we`re swamped with last-minute registrations.  In fact so many that we don`t have time to blog.  But as dog is my witness, we'll be posting more soon, we've got a heap of videos to get up here for one. In the meantime, here's a picture from one of our MANY interviews today - this one was with a student of ours, Khadija, who will be doing a front desk internship at a local hotel.  She's on the left.


The company mascot


[youtube=""] This bird has been coming to our window ledge - 10 stories up - every day for the last month.  She comes, we stare at her, she flies away.  At first it was just once a day.  Then before and after lunch, now she's checking in almost on the hour.  Every now and then she'd over stay her welcome and we'd tap at the window and she'd fly away.  Today I tried it and she tapped back.  Wish I hadn't taught her how to do that.

Apropos of nothing really.  Right then, off to see the hockey game.

Internship Feedback - Graphic Design


Up there is Harumy, from Mexico.  She recently completed an internship in graphic design and had a great experience.  Here's a bit from her final internship report describing what she did at her placement and talking about her experience there:

Please describe your daily internship duties.

I go to my work at 10am, I previously know my duties, I do website code, and I know what to do according with the project we are working with. I take my lunch everyday at 12 and I spend less than one hour and then I'm keeping working until 5pm.

What was the most interesting part of your internship?

I like my work because my co-workers are very friendly and when I have a question they told me the possible solution. The interesting part is that I learn lots of thing on my own.

What was the most difficult part of your internship?

The most difficult thing is that you have to find the answer and somethings the research is kind of difficult.

How did the Canadian workplace differ from your country?

In the company they are very comprehensible, sometimes if I got sick or I can not deal with something they help me and they are never mean to me. In my country nobody cares if you have a problem you must finish your work against any problem or barrier.

Please describe your relationship with your co-workers.

They are perfect, they like me so much, they here my opinion, my ideas, they sometimes invite me to hang out with them. And the work is just amazing, I'm very busy all the time

Describe your internship placement services.


Would you recommend your host company to future students? Why or why not?

I totally recommend them

Internship Picture of the Day: Social Media Marketing


The picture above is from an interview earlier this afternoon at a social media company.  The student in the picture is from a local ESL school and will be interning with them as a marketer.  Her internship duties will be to help make their software platform more prominent in Latin America.

They've hosted interns in the past in similar positions - and those interns were a huge success, one of them was even featured in a National Geographic documentary about how the host company's application was helping people in the Japanese tsunami zone.

Unfortunately I don't have permission to say which company it is, but I can give you a 140 character hint.  Actually, that alone is probably hint enough.

Host company site visit and video testimonials


We paid a visit out to one of our host companies today to check in on our intern there and also to speak to the host company about future interns.  We did a couple videos while we were there, the first is from the host supervisor - Fatima.  Fatima's company is a travel agency [youtube=""] The second video is from Felipe, here he is talking about what he's doing on his internship: