Arts Internship for Students

Gain professional experience – while taking classes!.

The Arts Internship Program integrates academic learning with the development of professional skills and networks through part-time, unpaid positions that offer meaningful, career-related experience supporting non-profit organizations in Vancouver and the lower-mainland. These work placements help students expand their knowledge, experience, contact base and chances of future career success.

Entrance to the program happens twice per year with internships beginning in January and May.

The application form for participation in the Summer 2017 cohort will be available from January 9, 2017 to February 6, 2017 for internships that begin in May 2017.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Wednesday, January 18, 12:00-13:00, BUCH B308

Monday, January 23, 13:00-14:00, BUCH D207

Thursday, January 26, 11:30-12:30, LSK 462

Tuesday, January 31, 12:30-13:30, BUCH B309

Friday, February 3, 11:00-12:00, IKBLC 461

Information sessions are not mandatory but they provide a great chance to clarify what you can expect from participation in the program and receive tips for your application.

Contact: Freda Maideen – Program Coordinator 1874 East Mall |

Program Components and Time Frame

Internships are 8-12 hours per week and 4-8 months in duration.

  • Apply to get in to the program – See Application Procedures (below)
  • Attend a mandatory 3-hour program orientation where we will provide tips and training to prepare your applications, interview for success and improve your internship experience
  • Prepare and revise your cover letter and resume
  • Apply for internships directly through CareersOnline (Note: only students that have been accepted into the program and completed an orientation will have access to internships)
  • Community partners conduct the interview, screening and selection of interns
  • Mandatory and optional internship assignments, a site visit, and a post-internship debrief are part of the completion of the program
  • The program does not provide credits to your degree, but you are awarded a certificate of completion provided all mandatory components are satisfactorily completed

Eligibility and Requirements

To participate in the Arts Internship program, you must:

  • Be able to commit to 8-12 hours/week during the length of the internship (4-8 months) – exact hours will depend on each internship opportunity
  • Be an undergraduate student at the UBC Vancouver campus, registered in the Faculty of Arts
  • Ideally be in second year or higher, with the case-by-case exception of first-year students who have successfully completed the 1st year English requirements of their degree
  • Be in good academic standing
  • For more information related to international student eligibility see

Five reasons to participate in an internship

1. An internship can show you what your Arts degree can do. Learn about the wide range of career options available to you with an Arts degree.  Experience firsthand how the knowledge and skills you develop in the classroom are applicable in the world of work.

2. An internship provides you with valuable work experience to add to your resume. Employers look for experience on a resume. An internship will help add relevant work experience to your resume along with additional skills that will enhance your application.

3. An internship is only a short-term commitment to a career. Internships give you the chance to test drive a career. Identifying careers that you don’t like can be as important as discovering the ones that you do. Taking part in an internship can help you determine whether or not a particular career is a good fit for you.

4. An internship can help you gain practical skills and hands-on training. In today’s job market, many entry level positions require previous experience in addition to a degree.  An internship can provide the opportunity to receive some hands-on training from an employer and develop practical skills in the workplace that will add to your academic qualifications.

5.  An internship can help you develop your network and build important industry contacts. Networks are a very important part of your job search.  An internship position will allow you to network, build industry contacts and learn more about what it takes to be a professional in your field.  People you meet through your internship may be doors to future opportunities.

Application Procedures

There are two intake periods for the Arts Internship Program. Fall intake is for internships in the Winter term (internships starting in January); Spring intake is for the Summer term (internships starting in May). There is no internship session starting in September.

Summer Internship Process and Dates:

1. Apply for the internship program by submitting your application form and resume through CareersOnline (Search for job ID#833904, which will be viewable beginning on January 9, 2017). Deadline: February 6, 11:59pm.

2. Students will be invited to register for an interview to take place in mid February.

3. Acceptance into the program will be based on the application (statement of intent), resume and interview results.

4. Students accepted into the program will be invited to a mandatory program orientation to take place at the end of February to beginning of March.

5. Internships are LIVE for students to apply to on CareersOnline between March 7 – March 30.

If you need help with your applications or accessing your CareersOnline account, please contact the UBC Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.


Freda Maideen – Program Coordinator 1874 East Mall |

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