Student Success Centre

Liberal Arts Summer Internship Program

At a Glance

The Liberal Arts Summer Internship Program (LASIP) is a new summer internship program that provides students from Western’s Liberal Arts Faculties, including Arts & Humanities, Social Science, Music, and Information and Media Studies an opportunity to engage in paid, for-credit experiential learning in London’s vibrant and growing technology sector.

Learn more about London's growing technology and digital creative sector here

Faculties: Arts & Humanities, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Social Science, Information and Media Studies
Start/End Dates: Summer 2019: May - August
Length: 10 -16 Weeks
Credit Weight: 0.5
Paid or Unpaid: Paid
Commitment: Full-time (35 - 40 hours/week)
Contact: To learn more about the program, please contact liberalarts@uwo.ca 

The total number of placements per year will vary based on participating employers. 

Ready to gain experiences that employers are seeking? See the Application Steps below and apply today!

Internship Details

Qualifications & Eligibility

Students are eligible for the Liberal Arts Summer Internship Program if they satisfy all approval criteria. Students must:

  • Be registered full time in the third or fourth year1 of either a Major, Specialization or Honours Specialization within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Social Science, Don Wright Faculty of Music2, and Information and Media Studies;
  • Have a cumulative average of at least 70%;
  • Register through CareerCentral;
  • Complete a Career Development Workshop (in-person and online offerings available. Details listed below under "Career Development Workshop for Liberal Arts Internships");
  • Complete a review with Western Employment Resource Centre (WERC).

Full-time fourth-year students who plan to graduate in June 2019 may not be eligible. Please contact your Faculty Academic Counsellor or Associate Dean (Undergraduate). Please note that due to funding criteria, some internship roles will be restricted to students returning to school post-internship.

Including students enrolled in BMus and BMusA programs.

Upon submission of your application to the internship program via CareerCentral, your application will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator in conjunction with your Department and Dean's Office to ensure all academic and non-academic requirements have been met.

Course Codes by Faculty

Arts & Humanities1: 3000F/G Internship
Information and Media Studies:
3999A/B Academic Summer Internship
Social Science: 3990 Internship
Don Wright Faculty of Music: 3190A/B Internship

Students may only apply up to 1.0 credit total to graduation requirements.

Application Steps

The process of engaging with the LASIP has five (5) primary steps.

Step 1: Register through CareerCentral

If you have not yet done so, register at Career Central by completing the form on the website. Your registration will be reviewed to ensure you have met the academic and workshop/resume review requirements to be accepted into the program.

Online registration for the 2018-19 internship cycle will open September 2018 via CareerCentral:

  1. Log onto CareerCentral
  2. Click "Internship" on the left
  3. Click "Apply to Internship/Co-op"
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select your application choice - "Social Science", "Arts & Humanities" or "Music"
  5. Finish by clicking "Submit Application" only once and wait until the confirmation page appears.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) students can find details for registration here.

Step 2: Career Development Skills Workshop (Mandatory)

To fulfil this requirement, you must complete one (1) of the following:

  • Attend the Career Development Skills Workshop for Liberal Arts Insternships preparing for internship opportunities (See Workshop listings below); or
  • Attend the Effective Resumes & Cover Letters workshop and the Interview Skills workshop, offered through the Student Success Centre; or
  • Complete all Career Fundamentals online modules via Complete Student. *Proof of completion must be sent to liberalarts@uwo.ca

This is mandatory for approval to the program.

Step 3: Resume and Cover Letter Review

Visit Western's Employment Resource Centre (WERC) to have your resume and cover letter reviewed by an expert! In-person and e-advising options are available - visit WERC for more details.

This is mandatory for approval to the program.

Step 4: Attend an Internship Information Session

Interested in learning more about the Liberal Arts Summer Internship Program? Attend an Information Session. At this step you will:

  • Learn more about eligibility requirements, how to apply, and what type of opportunities are available.
  • Review expectations while out on internship.
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions about the program.

See Information Session dates (below) for a complete listing.

Step 5: Search and Apply for Opportunities 

After your status is changed to “Approved” in CareerCentral you will have access to job postings. Job postings will begin as early as Winter 2019; check CareerCentral on a regular basis for updated postings, and follow the application process outlined in each job description. Postings will be available for placements in London growing tech sector. Select opportunities will also be available in other sectors and locations.

You will be notified by the Student Success Centre if you have been selected for an interview.

It is expected that the student will:

  • Provide accurate and appropriate information on their qualifications and interests.
  • Notify the Student Success Centre at Western at least 24 hours in advance if an interview must be rescheduled or cancelled.
  • Follow the prescribed procedures for accepting job offers.
  • Honour the acceptance of the offer, since it is a contractual agreement with both the Employer and the University.

Information Sessions

Winter 2019 Dates

Liberal Arts Summer Internships
Date: Wednesday, January 16 and 23, and Monday, February 4, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Conron Hall, University College

Attending one of these three (3) sessions are recommended for third (and fourth) year students. During the session, we will review eligibility requirements, the application process, and timeline to apply for a summer internship with your Faculty. We will also review the type of internship positions available to students. This year, there is a focus on connecting Liberal Arts students to roles in London’s growing technology and digital creative sector.

Career Development Workshop for Liberal Arts Internships

This mandatory workshop (see above "Application Steps" for details) delivered by Western's Career Counselling team is geared to all students in Liberal Arts faculties interested in pursuing an internship relating to their field of study. This event is open to main campus students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Don Wright Faculty of Music, and Faculty of Social Science who are in the process of applying to their faculty's internship program

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Conron Hall, University College


 

Online Offering

If you are unable to attend the in-person workshop, you may complete the following four Career Fundamental modules online at completestudent.ca

  • Career Decision Making
  • Job Search Skills
  • Developing Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Interview Skills

You will receive a certificate after completing all four modules. Please forward your certification to liberalarts@uwo.ca as proof of completion.

Fees

Administrative Fee

While on Internship, students are required to pay a $125 administrative fee.1 Payment of fees is the sole responsibility of the student, not the employer.

If a student finds their own internship placement outside of the postings available on CareerCentral, the student is not required to pay an administrative fee.

Course Fee

The internship course counts as a 0.5 academic credit. A 0.5 standard academic course fee applies.

The course fee is payable when the internship course is posted to your student account (Registrar's Office).

The course fee must be paid if:

  • You accept an internship offer, sign the contract, and then renege on the offer prior to the beginning of the work term.
  • You begin an internship work term and subsequently terminate your employment early (subject to cause of termination).
  • You complete the 4-month probationary period, and your internship employment is terminated (for any reason).

Internship fees are NOT refundable, but are tax deductible.

OSAP Eligibility

You may be eligible for grant and/or loan funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program1 (OSAP) to assist with internship course tuition fees.

If you are only enrolled in the internship course (0.5 academic credit), you must apply through the Part-Time Canada Student Loan & Grant Program. You should apply as early as possible to avoid delays. The deadline to apply and submit all required documents for a short-term internship (10-16 weeks in length) is no later than 6 weeks prior to the end of the study period. Please keep checking the status of your application through your online OSAP account. If you are eligible for aid, the Financial Aid Office at Western will send you an email notification to let you know when your funding is available for pick-up. If you are unable to pick-up your funding in-person during office hours due to internship commitments, please complete and submit the Letter of Direction/Mailing Authorization Form (pdf) by the deadline noted above.

If you are enrolled in the internship course (0.5 academic credit) and other coursework (maximum 0.5 additional course credit while out on full-time internship), please contact finaid@uwo.ca to be connected with a Financial Aid Officer to review funding eligibility.

Must be OSAP-eligible; visit OSAP for eligibility requirements. Out-of-province students should contact their provincial lender for funding inquiries.

Policies and Procedures

Applying to Positions

Prepare your application documents (as requested by employer) and submit by the specified deadline date. Staff at the Western's Employment Resource Centre can assist students with resumes and cover letters.

Interviews

All internship students who receive an interview will be notified by email. You will also see these interview requests when you login to CareerCentral. Interviewees should sign up for an interview through CareerCentral as soon as possible to secure your time.

Most interviews will be held on campus (UCC 210), but some interviews may be off-campus (employer location), or by phone or Skype.

  • You can miss a class to take an interview, but you cannot miss an exam.
  • If you have a conflict, contact interviews@uwo.ca. If you are unable to attend your interview, advance notice must be provided.
  • Students who fail to show up for an interview and who did not cancel in advance, will not be permitted to continue in the internship program until a sufficient reason is provided.

Job Offers

  • Job offers are given to students as they are submitted by the employer.
  • Students have 48 hours to accept or decline an offer. All students should seriously consider a job offer before accepting.
  • You are allowed to decline one offer, but if a second offer is declined, you will be withdrawn from the program.
  • Once a job offer has been accepted, that acceptance is BINDING.
  • Cannot apply to other positions or accept interviews once a job has been accepted.
  • Reneging on a job offer after it has been accepted is not permitted. Declining an offer that has already been accepted will result withdrawal from the program and internship course failure.

During Your Internsthip

The student agrees to:

  • Work with Internship Supervisor to establish learning outcomes for the internship.
  • Attend the internship on days and times agreed upon by the student and Internship Supervisor.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner, as a representative of Western University.
  • Submit any required midterm and/or final reports in a timely manner.
  • Maintain an accurate record of hours dedicated to the internship (if applicable).
  • Remain subject to the rules and regulations of the University, which includes those outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Discuss with the Internship Supervisor and Western Internship Coordinator any concerns related to the internship experience.
  • Understand program policies related to insurance and WSIB.
  • Fulfill any program or site-specific pre-internship requirements such as work permit, health requirements, criminal record check, etc.
  • Complete pre-departure workshops prior to start date if travelling internationally for the internship.
  • Pay course fee associated with internship and update status with any applicable lending authorities.

Employers

For more information on the The Art of Tech Internship, please see our hirewesternu page for more details and information about how to get involved!