Faculty of Information & Media Studies

Internships

The FIMS Undergraduate Internship ProgramThe FIMS Internship Program

The FIMS Internship program is an initiative designed to help 3rd and 4th-year students make connections between their academic studies and the professional world by undertaking supervised work placements in organizations and businesses with media-related or information-related interests, public service organizations, and community groups. Internships are meant to be substantive learning experiences, so every effort is made to ensure students on internship are engaged in relevant and growth-oriented work.

Read about MIT student Lily Ljubicic's (pictured above) recent internship experience in the article
"The Give & Take of the Internship Experience."

Eligibility and professional readiness

Internships are not guaranteed. Students must first be eligible (meet a minimum academic standard) and demonstrate professional readiness. Then there is a process of searching and matching to find a suitable placement aligning with the student's interests. Finally, the student must apply, and successfully interview for the position.

In the last three years, 190 students have participated in an internship.

Types of internships

Academic Internships

Unpaid, with academic credit.

An academic internship requires a minimum of 140 hours completed during a school term or the summer months. The work schedule is determined in consultation with the employer.

Fees: An academic internship completed during the fall or winter term is considered part of the regular course load; there is no additional fee. For summer placements, there is a fee for one half-course.

Eligibility criteria apply. If successfully completed (based on Pass/Fail), students will receive credit for one 0.5 course. If desired, eligible students may undertake two academic internships.

Short-Term Professional Internships

Paid, with no academic credit.

A short term professional internship requires a minimum of 120 hours completed over a maximum of four months (one academic term). The work schedule is determined in consultation with the employer.

Fees: Students enrolled in a professional internship must pay a placement fee of $300.00, to cover administrative costs.

Eligibility criteria apply. If desired, eligible students may undertake up to three short term professional internships.

Long-Term Internships

Paid, with no academic credit.

A long term professional internship places undergraduate students in internship positions for 8, 12 or 16 months.

Fees: A one-time, non-refundable fee of $750.00 for 8, 12 or 16 month placements will be charged to students to support the costs of administering the program.

Eligibility criteria apply.