Humber students have the opportunity to complete program work placements in Canada or abroad. In today’s competitive job market, having global work experience under your belt is one of the very best things you can do for your prospective career.
But interning abroad is about much more than work experience. You’ll be challenged to adapt both personally and professionally, and the payoff will be enormous. By leaving the comforts of home to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture, you’ll be pushing the boundaries of what you are capable of and gain an invaluable global perspective.
You’ll have the opportunity to enhance many skills, including self-confidence, decision-making, building new networks, and communicating in different environments. Arguably, the travel and life experience acquired through working abroad is even more important than the professional experience.
Talk to your Placement Coordinator about guidelines and the processes needed for approval from your academic school. In most cases you’ll need to submit a proposal.
Identify your potential host employer/organization and work with your Placement Coordinator to complete the Placement Approval package from your academic school. In general, Humber does not recruit on behalf of any company or organization around the world. It is your responsibility to locate and secure your placement opportunity.
Tip: The “Opportunities Abroad” section below is a good place to start researching potential host employers/organizations. Also consider local job search websites, LinkedIn, and sending a portfolio directly to companies/organizations you’d like to join. Visit Career Services for help updating your resume, writing a cover letter, and practicing for job interviews!
If your Placement Coordinator approves your internship proposal, connect with the International Centre and visit the “Before You Go” section of our website to review and submit Humber’s mandatory travel forms and documents. Travelers who are not Canadian citizens should refer to the Consular Office of the country to which you intend to work and travel.
Keep in mind that you’ll need the proper authorization to legally work in the country you’ll be living in, even if your placement is unpaid. Plan to apply for the proper work authorization (visa) at least two months in advance of travel. Canadian youth aged 18-35 should refer to the International Experience Canada website.
You’re on your way! Consider enrolling in Humber’s free Global Citizenship Certificate program to compliment the knowledge, skills and understanding you have the chance to develop abroad. Keep in touch and be sure to share your photos and stories with the Humber community!
While Humber does not have any formal partnership agreement with the following organizations, each is recognized for facilitating study, work, internship, and/or travel abroad opportunities. Contact your Program Coordinator or the International Centre for guidance if you are interested in exploring an opportunity through one of these organizations in relation to your academic program.
Academic Internship Council
Canada World Youth
Cross Cultural Solutions
DAAD "RISE" Program Germany
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada - Careers
Eldis (development policy, practice & research)
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Habitat for Humanity
IAESTE Canada: Technical Experience
International Experience Canada
International Rural Exchange
International Volunteer HQ
Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)