Build work experience
Internships are a great way to gain hands-on work experience and make professional connections, and in some cases, get paid. Through an internship, you will:
- Enhance your resume or graduate school application
- Make connections with professionals who can provide feedback, support and references
- Gain insight into different roles to help you evaluate your future career options
Types of Internship Opportunities
As an Arts & Science student, you have access to three different types of internship opportunities during your degree — the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP), course-based internships and independent internships.
Arts & Science Internship Program
The Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) is a co-op program that enables eligible students to combine 12 to 20 months of paid, full-time work experience with specialized professional development training.
Some academic units offer courses where experiential learning is an integrated part of the curriculum. For example:
- The School of Cities offers the Urban Data Science Corps (UDSC) program, an opportunity for U of T students to work with real data issues in the public and non-profit sectors.
- The Germanic Languages & Literatures department offers iPRAKTIKUM, an internship course that connects students with opportunities in German-speaking countries.
Students can also find their own short-term internships that provide practical, supervised work at professional organizations.
My ASIP internship solidified my dream of working in book publishing. I was able to make connections and build my network. I gained a lot of insight into the industry, and the ASIP team was really supportive.
— Stephanie, double major in book & media studies and sociology