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Communications Apprenticeship

Looking for professional experience but not enrolled in CO-OP? Want to confirm that your studies are heading in the right direction? Want to enhance your student experience?

Whatever your reasons for taking an experiential learning internship, you are bound to gain relevant experience from it, because it's tailored to your interests. CMN 3916 is a supervised internship in an external organization or here at the University. It stands out from others since it enables you to establish a working relationship (either paid or unpaid) with the employer of your choice.

At the end of the internship, you must produce a report, under the supervision of the department, highlighting the link between your experience and your studies.

Simply put, with this internship program, you will be doing what you want, where you want. Best of all, you earn three credits towards your degree! Set yourself apart! Take your studies in the direction you want and you will be on your way toward the dream job you’ve been thinking about.

If you meet all the eligibility criteria, please contact Izabel Barsive, 613-262-3804, coordinator of this internship.

She will send you a form. Complete it with your supervisor and send it to her with your transcript and she will make an official request for enrolment at the faculty. You cannot register yourself as for a normal course.

Gain professional experience in communication!

CMN 3916 Internship (3 cr. – 120 hours)

An internship enables you to establish links between your university studies and the professional world. Simply put, you apply the theoretical concepts explored in class to real-life situations in different organizations. For this reason, the internship comprises two aspects: one theoretical, the other practical.

To take part in an internship, you need a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 6

with no deferred grades (DFR) and must be in the third or fourth year of an honors or a joint honors program in communication. You must be prepared to complete 120 hours of work or volunteer in a timeframe of one semester.

You must be available for remote meetings with Izabel Barsive for follow-up during the internship (Skype-Zoom).

  1. If your application is eligible, contact the Internship Coordinator, Professor Izabel Barsive ([email protected]) to discuss your internship.

  1. Submit the “Application for Internship” form that Izabel Barsive will send you with your employer. Attach a copy of your unofficial transcript from uoZone (under the Applications tab, select Unofficial Transcript) and send all documents in once by email to her.

Contact Izabel Barsive if you don't have an employer in mind, she may be able to help you.

Beginning of each semester, as soon as possible. Places are limited (10).

Your report must include the following documents :

  1. A short evaluation of your performance from the supervisor. (The evaluation can consist of a regular employee evaluation or a summary letter.). The evaluation is a key element in the evaluation of the course.

  2. A copy of your Log Sheet of Hours (max. 120 hours).

  3. A video (10 min.) or 8 to 10 pages organized as follows:

  • A description of the organization;
  • A description of your role, duties, and accomplishments.
  • A discussion of how the duties fit your study plan and coursework (analyze the mandate and roles of the organization, as well as your contribution in light of communication theory and methodologies);
  • A description of what you learned;
  • Examples of work you might have produced (append reports, press releases, video links, etc.).
  • A self-evaluation of your performance.

Send your report and other documents electronically to Izabel Barsive. Please indicate CMN3916 in the title of your message + final report + full name.

Or upload the video and documents, privately, in the google drive of the class (ask the link to Izabel).

Submission deadline: Your report must be submitted by the last day of the official final examination period.

Grading: You receive a qualitative grade of either “P” (Pass) or "NS" (Non-satisfactory).