Sheridan creates new internship and co-op opportunities for international students to gain meaningful work experience
Sheridan is launching a special career-integrated learning initiative dedicated to supporting international students. The college is funding several new internal co-op and internship opportunities that will allow international students to gain meaningful work experience while supporting Sheridan’s Faculties and departments. These positions will run throughout the Winter 2021 semester and end in April 2021.
Sheridan’s Career-Integrated Learning team will work with campus partners to develop the internal opportunities and recruit international candidates. The roles will range from traditional on-campus positions supporting hybrid learning programs, to remote delivery operations and applied research projects.
“International students are facing many unique pressures during the pandemic, including navigating a challenging job search environment,” says Matt Rempel, Director of Career-Integrated Learning. “We’re excited to collaborate with our staff and faculty to provide as many international students as possible with quality work-integrated learning opportunities, while helping them offset the cost of their studies during this challenging time.”
The new co-op and internship positions for international students are part of a series of initiatives introduced by Sheridan to boost career-integrated learning experiences during the pandemic. Several of the new placements will offer international students a chance to participate in Sheridan’s Winter 2021 Virtual Internship Program's Innovation Accelerator stream, where they’ll demonstrate creativity, design thinking and entrepreneurship as they tackle a pandemic-related challenge. Launched in Spring 2020, the Virtual Internship Program has matched hundreds of students with innovative virtual placements, helping external partners resolve a variety of important challenges.
Sheridan has also introduced measures that allow students to fulfill their co-op and internship requirements with reduced hours, allowing students more time to secure a placement and prospective Employers more flexibility. Sheridan works closely with employers to ensure in-person co-op and internship placements offered to students during the pandemic adhere to public health regulations and minimize the risk of transmission.
Over 200 domestic students fulfil their co-op and internship credits with college employers every academic year through Sheridan’s established Work Study program. Eligible Work Study positions may also be combined with the federal Student Work Placement Program for additional employment funding in Winter 2021.
Sheridan’s new internship and co-oppositions for international students will provide a welcome opportunity for our internal community to support these students with experiences that complement their studies and help develop agility and resilience.
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