Internships, projects and summer jobs provide you with the opportunity to get to know different organizations and develop your expertise. Discover their numerous advantages and find the combination that will help you achieve your professional goal.
There are numerous advantages to opting for an internship, a supervised project or a summer job. Indeed, you will have, among other things, the opportunity to:
Furthermore, an internship or project could help you find a job even prior to completing your studies. In fact, many employers view this experience as a training period that can lead to a permanent position.
Finally, an internship involves the production of a report, and sometimes, an oral presentation. You will, therefore, be able to reflect upon what you learned while enhancing your writing and verbal communication skills. An evaluation by the employer concludes the internship and provides actual feedback on your experience.
Before choosing, you must gather information as to the requirements of your study program. In fact:
Internships or projects are sometimes obligatory.
In either case, you have to find out about the terms and conditions in place for each (registration, supervision, credits, length, etc.).
|Programs||Internship or Project|
Project-Course (in French only)
|Master’s in Management|
Integrative Project* (in French only)
Company Internship * (in French only)
|MBA||Projects : consultation, integration or individual|
Intervention Project * (in French only)
Company Internships (specialized or end of studies) *(in French only)
|* Depends on your program or stream. For more information, visit your program’s presentation page.|
Do not make a decision without first reflecting on your career plan. Your plan does not have to be detailed, but it should at least have a few guidelines. For example, you are studying in marketing, but what do you like about this field: sales, advertising, special events or strategy?
You can start consulting internship or project opportunities on job search sites and on the My Career portal. This will give you an idea of what employers are looking for and help you decide what suits you.
Also, choose activity sectors and a business type. What sectors are most compelling? Fashion, construction, pharmaceutics, banking, culture, NPOs? In what type of organization will you feel comfortable? Will you enjoy working for a smaller organization where you will be able to do a little of everything and where it will be easier to put forward your ideas? Or will you prefer working for a multinational where you will have access to training and better benefits?