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Program Overview

The Mission

Connexions is an initiative established by the Telfer School of Management’s Career Centre. Its mission is to foster strong links between Telfer students and the business community through practical volunteer work.

The Program

Connexions offers students the chance to acquire experience in their field of study and provides employers with qualified personnel.

Students are to work within an organization for 7 hours a week for a 12-week period (one academic term). Students are not paid for their work; for them, the objective is to gain work experience. Students must submit an internship report evaluated by a Telfer professor. They will receive three units upon successful completion of the Program.

Who do I contact?

For more information, please contact Erika Lalonde, Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 613‑562-5800 ext. 2882.

Program Benefits

  • Improved productivity for businesses through additional motivated personnel.
  • Opportunity for businesses to evaluate potential employees.
  • Minimal expense for training and supervision.

What we offer you

Qualified and motivated third- and fourth-year commerce students willing to work on a specific project for a period of 12 weeks for 7 hours per week.

Student from many fields of study to choose from:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • human resources
  • international management
  • management
  • management information systems
  • marketing

What we ask of you

  • Offer a motivating and challenging work environment.
  • Guide the student during the early stages of their internship.
  • Provide an interesting and educational experience.
  • Complete registration and evaluation forms.

Program Structure

The Connexions Program is offered in the fall, winter and summer terms.

Connexions Term

Internship Start and End
Program Structure by Year of Program:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer
  • September - December
  • January - April
  • May - August

Connexions Network

The Connexions Network is a networking opportunity for students and potential employers. Employers attend the Network to discuss possible internships with students. It is an informal event, as regards the setup; however, students do have resumés on hand to distribute. It is left to employers’ discretion whether they bring business cards or job descriptions.

Connexions Networks are offered before the summer and winter terms. The one offered before the summer term is also for internships offered during the following fall term, and is offered at that time in order to reach as many students as possible.

  • Fall 2018 Connexions Network (for winter 2019 work terms): October 31, 2018.

Get involved! Who do I contact?

For more information, please contact Erika Lalonde, Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 613‑562-5800 ext. 2882.

Employer Frequently Asked Questions

Are Connexions students paid?

  • Connexions is an unpaid internship program – students are not paid for their work. The main objective of the Program is to give students work experience.

How many hours a week do students work?

  • Students work with an organization for a minimum of 7 hours a week for a 12-week period. Employers may work around a student’s schedule (e.g. allow the student to work 3.5 hours, 2 times per week). We do ask, however, that employers respect the minimum of 7 hours per week.

What type of work/projects do students have to complete?

  • Students are not limited to any specific job. The objective is to provide students with experience. Therefore, allowing them to have their hands in many tyoes of projects will be beneficial to them and to you.

How do students find me?

  • Once you have successfully completed your introductory forms, you will be invited to the Connexions Network, a networking event where you will meet students for the first time. Following the networking event, a list of prospective employers is sent to the students, and it is their responsibility to contact you to secure an internship. 

  • If you cannot attend the Connexions Network event, you can still send your internship description to the Program Coordinator, and we will promote your opportunity to the students. It is still their responsibility to contact you to secure an internship.

Do international students need a visa to work for me?

  • As Connexions offers unpaid internship opportunities, international students do not need a work permit. International students in the Connexions Program hold a valid study permit and are full-time students.

Can I take on more than one student at a time?

  • You are welcome to take on as many Connexions students as you wish. You must, however, have valid work to for all students to complete during their internship hours, and be able to provide sufficient supervision and feedback of their work.

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