Work-Integrated Learning: Students

Put your classroom learning to work! Boost your employability and emerge better prepared for the workplace with work-integrated learning (WIL).

WIL Benefits

  • Use academic theory in the real world.

  • Develop self-awareness.

  • Work out of your comfort zone.

  • Develop an awareness of global challenges and industry issues.

  • Gain leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

  • Develop practical skills.

Take Your Learning Out of the Classroom

Enrol in co-op

Co-op Education integrates academic study with periods of related work experience. You can earn academic credit for your placement. Co-op positions are paid, full-time and a minimum of 420 hours.

Co-op Education

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 students to participate in developing actionable insights for business or non-profit.

Selkirk Innovates

Complete a 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 programs offer practicum or field placement opportunities, including: ​


Become an apprentice

The 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 & 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: ​