Internship Program

Our innovative approach to business education and training begins in the classroom, where you learn the fundamentals. However, after completing the third year of the program, you can choose to enhance your education by doing an internship.

An internship gives you the unique opportunity to develop hands-on experience with an employer during a 12 to 16 month work term.

The internship program was created in 1994. It supports our focus on experiential learning by enhancing your classroom education with a real-world, paid opportunity in the business community.

Eligibility

To participate in the internship program, you must:

  • Be a full-time student enrolled in Level 3
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.0 after Level 2
  • Have successfully completed the Career Development Course (Commerce 2IN0). More information about Commerce 2IN0 can be found below.
  • Be eligible to work in Canada.

DeGroote students who are going out on exchange are still eligible to participate in the internship program.

Timing

Students apply to the Commerce Internship Program at the beginning of their third year and search for an internship throughout the academic year with the support of the Career & Professional Development team. Internships begin anytime between May and September following your third year in the Commerce program.

The internship program extends the commerce program by a full year.  Students graduate in five years instead of four, but the return on investment in terms of professional development and experience is invaluable.

Career Development Course (Commerce 2IN0)

This career development course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to successfully participate in summer, internship and full time job searches. Delivered by the Career and Professional Development team and supported by Career Peer Mentors, this workshop based course covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Self-assessment and skill identification
  • Cover letter and resume preparation
  • Interview skills
  • Job search strategies
  • Ethics and etiquette

More Information

Application to participate in the Commerce Internship Program opens in mid- to late-August. Instructions and further information will be sent to those that have successfully completed 2IN0 and will be entering Level 3 in the fall.

For more information about the internship program, please contact our Career and Professional Development Office. You can email cip@mcmaster.ca or call 905-525-9140 ext. 27592.

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