Internships offer St. Thomas students the opportunity to build connections between their disciplinary and professional experiences, become career ready, and develop community connections for future job or graduate school applications, all while completing their Bachelor of Arts degree.
The internship program through the Office of Experiential and Community Based Learning allows students to complete two paid internships during their Bachelor of Arts degree.
Step by step guide for students: How to Apply for Internships
1. Attend a Resume & Cover Letter workshop
You must attend a Resume & Cover Letter workshop before applying for an internship. Resume & Cover Letter workshops are offered both synchronously and asynchronously.
Remember: Students who attend the workshop and are diligent about personalizing their resume and cover letter for each internship have a much higher chance of getting an interview.
2. Join the Internship Program and Browse Opportunities
Sign in to Learning in Action, add yourself to the Internship Program, and begin browsing current internship opportunities (updated throughout the year). Bonus: Sign up for the Experiential Learning Newsletter to never miss a new posting.
The Experiential Learning Office notifies students whenever internships become available through the newsletter. This usually happens before each semester begins (for school year internships) and when the school year ends (for summer internships).
Carefully read through all internship postings and choose the ones you think align the most with your values, career plans, and field of interest.
Also, read the Internship Guidelines document before applying for an internship.
3. Write your Resume and Cover Letter
Once you have selected the internship of your preference, write your resume and cover letter. If applying to more than one opportunity, remember to personalize each application and clearly indicate which positions you are applying for.
4. Optional: Schedule an Appointment with Career Development
Even though you have attended the Resume & Cover Letter Workshop, it is recommended to schedule a follow-up appointment to improve your application.
5. Submit Your Application
After you have received feedback on your application from the Career Development team, you are ready to send your application. After employers review your application, they will tell you whether you have been selected for an interview or not.
Tip: Even if you are not selected for an interview, still thank the employer for considering your application – it shows your level of professionalism.
6. After You Apply
If you are hired for an intern position, the employer will go over the job responsibilities and expectations with you. You will also attend an in-depth on-boarding webinar, complete check-ins, and work on reflective activities with STU's Internships Coordinator to ensure your experience is as fulfilling as you want it to be.
You may have the flexibility to work remotely. Working from home can be both a challenging and rewarding process, but the Experiential Learning Office has created a resource guide to help you succeed: Working from Home: A Guide for STU Interns
LOURDES PASTRANA PAZ
Psychology, Business – BA ‘19
Intern at Ignite Fredericton
“This internship is going to be incredibly beneficial for me moving forward. The hands-on work is amazing because you’re learning while you’re experiencing it.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Who is eligible for an internship?
Students from all academic majors can apply for internships. The critical thinking, interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills acquired from studying the humanities and social sciences make our students highly desirable candidates for placements. To be eligible to apply for an internship, students must have completed the Resume and Cover Letter Workshop. Specific requirements for each placement will be included in the job posting.
If transportation is a barrier for you to access an opportunity outside of regular bus routes, but you still wish to apply, you can mention this on your email when applying—our office can help.
2. Are internships paid?
Yes! The internships offered through the Experiential Learning Office are paid.
Please note: Some academic departments offer for-credit internship opportunities or work placements. These opportunities are managed by the academic department. Details and information should be collected from the assigned faculty member. If you complete a for-credit internship as part of your major/honours requirements, this does not count against the two paid internships you are eligible to partake in through the Office of Experiential and Community Based Learning.
3. Are internships only available during the school year or during the summer too?
We offer both semester-long and summer internships.
4. What is the time commitment for an internship?
- During the academic year: Paid internships are normally 10 hours per week. Employers are flexible with your course schedule. Time management skills are essential. Students can apply for multiple internships during their degree but can only complete one paid internship at a time.
- Summer internships: Paid internships in the summer can be full-time from May-August; normally 35 hours per week.
5. Why do I have to do the Resume and Cover Letter workshop?
This workshop is a mandatory component of developing your professional skillset and preparing you for work opportunities outside of STU. Students that attend a Resume and Cover Letter workshop have a significant increase in their chances of getting an interview and/or being hired. The workshop teaches you how to format your resume and cover letter properly; what employers are looking for in candidates; and how to articulate your experiences in your application.
6. How many internships can I apply for during my degree?
You can apply for multiple internships during your degree. Students can complete a maximum of two semesters of paid internship placements through the Office of Experiential Learning. As noted above, depending on your academic department, you may also have opportunities to complete for-credit internships or work placements as part of your major. Please read the Internship Guidelines for more information.
7. Where can I do my internship?
You can complete your internship in private, public and non-profit organizations in and outside of New Brunswick through our program. Please click HERE to see our list of Internship Opportunities and Partners. If you want to do a placement somewhere else, reach out and we will help set it up! See next FAQ.
8. What if the organization I want to intern for is not listed under the Internships Partners?
If the organization you want to intern for is not under our Internships Partners list, you can submit an Internship Proposal and include the organization you want to work for. Find the Internship Proposal Form HERE.
9. How do I increase my chances of getting the internship of my dreams?
Schedule a meeting with the Internships Coordinator to talk about your options and plan for a future internship during your time at STU. We can also advise on steps to take to improve your chances of being selected for opportunities and connect you with STU's Career Development Office.
10. What is the profile of an ideal intern?
An ideal intern is someone hard-working, eager to learn, and looking to expand their workplace skillset during their degree at St. Thomas. They are also interested in learning about their own career interests, gaining meaningful hands-on experience and making connections in their community.
Office of Experiential and Community Based Learning
Internship Information for Employers and Host Organizations
We invite organizations and businesses to participate in our unique internships program and gain access to our top students.
Why are Liberal Arts students the perfect fit as interns?
Liberal Arts students are uniquely qualified to meet the needs of the profound economic, social and technological changes of the coming workforce, in that they are able to apply their humanity — to be creative, critical and collaborative. These special abilities set them apart from their peers and give them a competitive advantage.
What are some benefits of hiring a St. Thomas University intern?
- Cultivate teaching and leadership skills within your own employees.
- Gain new and fresh perspectives to solve problems.
- Discover potential future employees.
- Increase awareness of your business or organization on our campus community.
“Our St. Thomas intern has already proven to be invaluable, producing work at a very high level of ability. Within a few weeks it was obvious that we need someone permanently to be doing the work he does.”
- Gavin Kotze
Lawyer, Director of Systemic Advocacy - Office of the New Brunswick Child and Youth Advocate
How to get started:
- Read the Employer Internship Package.
- Submit your application in Learning in Action We accept employer applications to host STU interns at specific times throughout the academic year. Dates and deadlines are listed in the Employer Internship Package. For instructions on how to submit an internship position in the portal, click HERE.
What is expected of the host organization?
The organization should:
- Provide a new or expanded meaningful experience with substantive projects for the student to work on.
- Mentor, guide, and train the student intern on skills that are new to them.
- Meet with the student often to help them achieve their personal learning goals.
- Provide the student with ample instructions of tasks and give appropriate feedback.
- Allow flexibility in the student’s workflow and work schedule, to accommodate their schoolwork.