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Experience Education manages the coop, practicum, and internship programs for schools in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.


Talking with an industrial / product design internship host

Robert Jago

Industrial and product engineering is crazy interesting. It's self-evident that everything around us is designed, from the keyboard keys I'm typing on, to the castors in the chair I'm sitting on - not to mention the buttons on my shirt, the cable connector on the laptop, the etc. etc. etc. So many thousands of little details - all painstakingly created and designed on computer and then put out into the world. It's just absolutely fascinating. I don't know why every second male on film is an architect, when there's a far cooler job like product engineer around. That could sound sarcastic, but it is seriously not. 

Here's a video we've put together of a longer chat we had with the head of a product engineering firm which was hosting an internship student at the time.

What does an electrical engineering intern do?

Robert Jago

Good question. Earlier this year we met up with an electrical engineering intern named Vladimir  to find out more about what he is doing. To be totally honest, it's still a little confusing, but here's part of what his supervisor said, when describing Vladimir's work:

Vladimir worked on the statistical analysis and got a lot of readings and a lot of data that are really important so that we could continue with the project, so comparing to an ultrasonic range-finding system and then seeing how a laser would improve accuracy ...

Click below to see the full video description of Vladimir's internship.

What is a Voluntern placement like?

Robert Jago

Voluntern is a term we use at Experience Education to describe volunteering for international students. Unlike other types of casual one-off volunteering, Voluntern is structured, full-time work in one of two settings, and in 3 different broadly drawn categories of fields. It is hands-on meaningful work, where the Voluntern student contributes to the community while also building their skills set and improving their language. We have many students on Voluntern placements, and this week paid a visit to one who is doing a wildlife placement:


Now Hiring: Our Summer 2014 Student Services (HR) Intern


Experience Education is hiring for a summer intern. This position is scheduled to begin on May 5th and end on August 29th. About Us

Experience Education manages internship, practicum, and coop programs for private and public ESL schools, career colleges, and universities. Each year nearly a thousand student placements are managed by EE. Our company has staff in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and New York. This internship is in our office in Vancouver - this is a small, close-knit office with 5 staff-members.

The Internship

You will join our 3-person student services team. There you will help with day to day duties such as:

  • Resume writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Internship site inspections
  • Compliance documentation

You will also help with several summer projects, including:

  • Helping redesign our internship reporting documents
  • Helping create new interview preparation materials (include videos)
  • Writing internship field profiles

You will also have the chance to work on your own related HR project - subject to approval of course.

Learning Opportunities

This internship will give people pursuing an eventual career in HR the opportunity to understand more about candidate selection, drafting job descriptions, conflict resolution best practices, and the legal and regulatory environment for work experience programs.


  • Fluent English - in order to correct resumes
  • Basic IT skills - our office runs on Google Drive
  • An educational background in HR or a related field such as psychology
  • French is not required, but very appreciated


This internship will be done at our office in downtown Vancouver. This will pay $11/hour for 30 hours per week. The internship starts on May 5th, we are accepting applications until April 15th.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to contact @ .  In the cover letter please let us know how you feel you would benefit from this internship, and what you would like to accomplish during the summer.




Social media agency internship description


In this video an internship host describes a short-term social media internship at their company. One important note here - we don't allow students to go just anywhere and do social media. As with all internships, there has to be a direct supervisor who works in the same field - i.e. there has to be a paid employee who works in the same field. If there isn't, then there's no one to train the student, and if there's no one to train the student, it's not an internship. So if we do social media placements, they're at companies that specialize in social media and have staff who are expert in it, or in the large marketing departments of firms where there are staff who use social media as part of their marketing mix. If you're a host company and are thinking of bringing on an intern to 'manage' your social media 1) shame on you, and 2) Google the phrase 'sum ting wong' and see why that's a colossally bad idea: 

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.

Video internship description - mechanical engineering


If you're a mechanical engineer, you're going to understand this video. If you're not a mechanical engineer, here's a video of a seagull staring in the window at our head office in Vancouver. Now, for you engineers, this is a typical placements in engineering - it shows some of the breadth of what you can do. As for the specifics though - those will of course depend on your skills. In this video a host company in the renewable energy sector, describes an internship with them:

Masayuki talking about his marketing internship


Masayuki studied at a Toronto English school called ESC. As part of his ESL studies he did an internship in his field in order to improve his fluency and career-relevant vocabulary. For Masayuki, that meant interning in social media marketing. In this video he describes some of what he did during his internship: 

What does a finance intern do?


Finance is such a broad field but when it comes to internships there are really only a few different varieties. This one described below is the most common kind - it's geared towards students studying business, finance, or economics. This type of internship is done with a medium sized firm, and is researched focused. Check out the video to learn more:

Video Internship Description: Mobile Applications


It feels like these internship descriptions are getting progressively more complex. This video features an ESL intern named Hyoung Ryoul - he comes from a school called Inlingua Vancouver. In this video he describes his internship with a satellite manufacturer. He worked with them to develop a web application, using augmented reality technology (that's like the Yelp app on your iPhone. It has a feature where, when you're walking down the street, you can point it at a restaurant and it'll show you all the reviews on the place) that tracks and identifies satellites: 

Video Internship Description: Software / Automobile Production


Ok well bear with us a second because this one is layered. This is a video internship description - an interview with someone at a host company talking about available placements at their firm. Now this one could be classified as a green internship, an automobile production internship, an engineering internship, or a software internship. If we went in to all of them, this thing would be 20 minutes. So here's the abbreviated version - here the host talks about software and cars: 

And, if you're curious, here's the most recent intern who was placed there, talking about his placement with them:

Video Internship Description: Geography


You know how in high school, you spent months and months on geography and you kept asking yourself: 'when am I ever going to use this?' We're glad you asked - here is an internship host with an engineering consultancy that specializes in mapping services, and in this video they explain what a typical geography intern does at their company: