Students: Work with an Employer
Work integrated learning benefits students:
- Using academic theory in the real world
- Developing self-awareness
- Working out of their comfort zone
- Developing awareness of global challenges and industry issues
- Gaining leadership, teamwork and communication skills
- Developing practical skills
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Here are some of the ways Selkirk College students can use WIL to help become work-ready graduates:
Become a co-op student
Co-op Education integrates students’ academic study with periods of related work experience. Students earn academic credit for their placement and employers get access to a student with the latest education. Co-op positions are paid, full-time, and a minimum of 420 hours. To learn more about becoming a co-op student, visit Co-op Education and Employment Services.
Become a researcher
Selkirk Innovates links students and faculty with community and industry partners to find collaborative solutions to business and social challenges. Most projects provide internship opportunities that allow Selkirk College students to participate in developing actionable insights for business or non-profit. Download our brochure to learn more about the internship program.
Complete practicum or field placement
Practicums provide students with an unpaid opportunity to work under the supervision of a registered or licensed professional (preceptor) and are a mandatory requirement for professional certification. Field placements are also unpaid but do not require supervision from a licensed professional. Many Selkirk College programs offer practicum or field placement opportunities, including:
- School of Health & Human Service (contact the School Chair to learn more)
- School of Trades & Industry Training (contact the School Chair to learn more)
- School of Academic Upgrading & Development (contact the School Chair to learn more)
- School of Business (contact the School Chair to learn more)
- Selkirk International (contact the School Chair to learn more)
Become an apprentice
Selkirk College’s School of Industry & Trades Training and School of Hospitality & Tourism offer technical training to support apprenticeships in careers like carpenter, electrician, and professional cook. An apprentice has completed foundational training in their field and advances their learning through a paid position that is supervised by a certified journeyperson.
Complete a work term
Some programs in the School of Hospitality and Tourism include mandatory work terms between first and second year. The work term gives students an opportunity to apply and enhance their academic knowledge while employed with hospitality and tourism employers.
Complete a community-based project
Many Selkirk College programs include capstones, theses or independent projects where students undertake field work, research or planning on a topic of their choice. Students and organizations benefit when these projects tackle real world subjects or challenges brought forth by community partners. Some of the programs that include this option are:
- School of Environment and Geomatics
- School of the Arts
- School of University Arts and Sciences
- Selkirk International
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