Frequently Asked Questions

The program does not provide credits to fulfill your degree requirements, but you are awarded a certificate of completion provided all mandatory components are fulfilled.

Different internships have different requirements. Some require an intern to be available during weekday office hours, but others may be weekend/evening work, or allow for work from home. Please look carefully through individual internship position descriptions, and always clarify the expected time commitments/day/hours during your interview.

Yes. Keep in mind that the internship will require 8-12 hours per week of commitment, and this may be during weekdays. Be sure that you can accommodate the requirements of the internship before submitting your application. It is recommended that you do not take more than 5 classes per term. The program is only open to undergraduate Arts students.

Yes. You are eligible for an internship as long as you are still registered as an undergraduate student in Faculty of Arts at UBC Vancouver. If you are an international student, you must be registered as a full-time student.

You may only participate in an internship while still registered as an undergraduate student. Once you have graduated, you are no longer considered to be a UBC undergraduate student and will not be eligible to participate.

Internships are a professional workplace experience and require a significant commitment. Please be mindful of your prior commitments and financial needs before applying for this program, as all internships with AIP are unpaid positions. If you have questions about this, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Yes, students can be involved in both programs, but you must be able to effectively manage both of these professional commitments.

Yes. As of June 2014, study permits now allow most students to work off campus, but you must be registered as a full-time student (minimum of 9 credits per term in most cases) in order to be eligible for a position. For more details, refer to UBC Student Services.

Unfortunately, exchange students are not eligible to work off campus, and thus are not able to participate in AIP.

At this time, the program does not have internships available internationally or in the US. If you have a particular internship that you are interested in, you can contact the Program Coordinator to discuss options to pursue your opportunity.

AIP students complete 4-8 month part-time internships, while Arts Co-op students complete 12-16 months of full-time, paid work. The Arts Internship Program operates at no cost to students and allows you to take classes alongside work placements, while Arts Co-op operates on a tuition-based model, and concurrently gives students credit for completed work terms.

Both programs provide workplace opportunities for students to gain professional skills and explore workplaces before graduating. Check out the Arts Co-op website for more information on the program.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Program Coordinator Freda Maideen at