Work-integrated learning (WIL) provides students with real-life experience in the workplace or an educational setting. At Humber, WIL is coordinated by the academic faculties, and each offers a range of structured work experiences and experiential learning opportunities. Here are the types of WIL offered at Humber.
What does WIL look like?
Students gain discipline-specific work experience, which typically takes place in the middle or at the end of an academic program. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
The student apprentice learns a skilled trade in the work environment through paid work for an apprentice employer. This on-the-job learning is complimented by in-class technical training.
Students in co-op programs gain experience through paid work terms in their field of study that become progressively more complex as their skill level increases.
Students in programs requiring practice-based experience or work hours for a professional license or certification gain unpaid experience working under the direct supervision of an experienced professional.
In this practical work experience, students engage in intensive experiences related to their field of study or career goals to build their skills, knowledge and abilities. Field experience may be paid or unpaid.
With faculty support, students investigate a problem, need or new entrepreneurial opportunity identified by an industry or community partner, with the goal of developing practical, measurable results.
Community Service Learning
In this type of experiential learning, students engage with community partners, participating in service activities that promote critical thinking or thoughtful reflection related to their program.
Students learn through task-centred activities, such as simulations, which provide an opportunity to experience how their actions lead to results or outcomes. Reflection on the experience helps students build knowledge that informs their future actions or behaviours.
Students gain practical experience through participation in a relevant course dedicated to solving a real-world problem.
Students engage in early-stage development of a business start-up or advance an external idea to address real-world needs, with support such as resources, space, mentorship and/or funding.