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With the Student Practicum Program (SPP), you can be confident that you will be successfully placed in a rewarding, and educational internship.
Longer term and full time internships can impose a financial burden that keeps many students from taking advantage of the opportunity. To help lighten those burdens, Experience Education arranges stipends of $200 per week for ALL students on internships of 16 weeks and longer.
More than 2000 students have done their practicums and internships with Experience Education, and at last count, they have worked in more than 100 different fields. Past students have done internships in fields as diverse as Chemical Engineering, Film, Accounting.
Once you register, our Student Services team will work with you on resume and interview preparation - giving you individual attention to ensure you're ready to pass your internship interview. After you are placed, Student Services is still with you, to monitor your placement, provide troubleshooting if needed, and help you with accommodation and insurance if requested.
Experience Education works with more than 2,000 host companies across North America. Past students have worked with companies such as: Rogers Wireless, Scotiabank, RBC, the CN Tower, Manulife Financial, UPS, Amnesty International, Adecco, SNC Lavalin, the Federal Department of Justice, UBC Centre for Infectious Diseases, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, HSBC, FedEx and many more.
We choose our host company partners carefully. Rather than look for open internship positions, we work with our host partners to create internships that include observation, hands-on, and project work. All host companies provide supportive, educational environments, and sign on to conflict resolution and monitoring policies that ensure you will spend your day learning, and not just making coffee.
How it Works
Once you are accepted into the SPP, our Student Services and Placement teams will begin working with you to help you prepare for an interview, and place you in a customized internship that meets your academic requirements.
In the first 2 weeks after registration, Student Services will help you prepare a resume, and practice your interview skills. When you've completed that, our Placement Team will send you an interview notice. Interviews can be in person or on Skype (depending on where you choose to do your placement). If you aren't successful on your first interview, don't worry, our placement team always has a backup available - and will continue providing you with interviews until you are placed.
Once you are accepted into the Student Practicum Program, your placement is guaranteed. This guarantee means that you will be placed in your chosen field(s) by your desired start date, or your program fees will be refunded.
More than 99% of Experience Education program participants are placed in their fields by their start dates. We are careful about who we select, meaning that almost all students are successfully placed, with no issues. For the 1% of students who are not placed by their start dates, they have the option to continue interviewing, or to withdraw with a full refund. Of those who continue interviewing - almost 100% are placed.
Start Dates & Requirements
Students can join the Student Practicum Program at any time. Applications are accepted year round. Once your application is received, it will take on average, 4 weeks before your placement is confirmed.
The Student Practicum Program is open to all post-secondary students who are required to do an internship or practicum as part of their program of studies. For students choosing to do their internships in another country, special visa requirements may apply.
Accommodation is an optional add-on to Experience Education's placement services. If you are doing an internship in another city, there are many online tools for you to use to find temporary accommodation. However if you want additional help we offer temporary and full-term accommodation in each of our destinations. Accommodation can include youth hostels, college dorms, homestay, or executive accommodation.
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- Victoria, BC
- Vancouver, BC
- Calgary, Alberta
- Toronto, Ontario
- Ottawa, Ontario
- Montreal, Quebec
- Boston, MA
- New York City, NY
- Miami, FL
- Washington, DC
- San Francisco/Silicon Valley, CA
Experience Education provides internship placement services across the United States and Canada - we arrange placements and have host company partnerships in 11 different cities.
While most students choose to do their internship close to home, others look further afield. The Student Practicum Program is designed to help both types of students. If you're doing your internship in another city, we are able to arrange your host company interviews via Skype, and we have optional temporary, or full-term accommodation services in each location.
If you're an American student looking to do an internship in Canada, or a Canadian looking to do an internship in the United States, we can help direct you to the correct visa providers who will help arrange the work permit for your stay.
Application Process & Fees
The Student Practicum Program is open to current college students looking to do an internship of 4 weeks or longer. Internships between 4 and 15 weeks are unpaid, while those 16 weeks and longer receive a stipend. To apply, please fill out the application form below. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by an Experience Education staff member. If approved, you will receive an acceptance letter, and a link to pay a 'Student Services Fee' - payment of your student services fee confirms your participation in the SPP.
Once your acceptance is confirmed, our staff will contact you to arrange a Skype meeting, create an Internship Plan and start your placement process.
Applications take 72 hours to process. To follow up on the status of your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
* A note on terminology: the terms practicum and internship are used interchangeably on this site. Practicum is a technical term specific to some jurisdictions in Canada, and refers to, what in other jurisdictions is called an internship - i.e. a period of unpaid or paid workplace training, connected to a program of studies.