What is the Telfer BCom Internship Program?
The Telfer BCom Internship Program allows students to gain valuable work experience over multiple paid work terms. These full-time work terms are offered by our partner organizations with the opportunity of full-time employment after graduation. This Program is open to students in all options, typically in their second or third year.
What will the Telfer BCom Internship Program do for me?
You will be able to take advantage of the following:
- Gain project experience and responsibilities over multiple work terms;
- Receive remuneration;
- Receive three ADM units, the equivalent of one fourth-year ADM elective course (ADM 4903);
- Obtain the opportunity to jump start your career during your studies.
Who do I Contact
Where can I obtain an internship?
The following organizations offer internship positions for students in diverse options and specializations:
|Department||Fields||Work Terms||Job Posting Timings||Options or Specialization||Year of Study||Other Requirements|
|Department of National Defence (DND)||Internal Audit||8-month term (winter/summer)||Fall||
|In third or fourth year||
- CGPA above 6
|Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)||Financial Operations||
(2 x 4 months)
|Completing second year at time of application.||
Canadian residency or permanent citizen
|Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)||
Financial Operations & Application Technology
8-month term (winter/summer)
Completing second year at time of application
In third or fourth year
Canadian residency or permanent citizen
Where do I meet the employers?
Our partnering organizations attend many Career Centre activities throughout the year such as Company Information Sessions and networking events. Otherwise, the positions will be posted on the Job Postings webpage. They will be clearly identified as a part of the Telfer BCom Internship Program.
How do I become eligible for the Telfer BCom Internship Program?
- Have completed the first- and second-year common core courses for your program option before you start your work term*;
- Have a willingness to learn and to be an ambassador of the Telfer School of Management;
- Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 6.0 or higher;
- Not be enrolled in the Co-operative Education Program;
- Must return to studies full-time after work term(s) - you must have enough academic units left to return full-time.
*If you are one or two courses away, we encourage you to apply.
What if I am registered for the Co-operative Education Program (CO-OP)?
You may apply to the posting if you are registered for the CO-OP Program. However, you are not eligible if your admission to the Co-op Program has been confirmed during the second year of your studies, in either:
- the fall, or
- the spring for accounting students.
What are the other required qualifications?
Each employer has qualifications of their own for the internships they offer. Consult the postings on the Telfer job board for details.
Keep in mind that when you work full time for a term, this will affect your student status at the University (not a full-time student). Certain student benefits can be affected (OSAP, bus pass, scholarships, health insurance, etc.).
1 - Apply online
Apply to the positions posted on the Job Postings webpage. The positions will be clearly identified as a part of the Telfer BCom Internship Program. Most positions are posted in September/October and January/February.
2 - Secure an interview
If you are selected to continue in the hiring process, you will be contacted by the Career Centre or the employer to schedule your interview(s).
3 - Be fully admitted to the Telfer BCom Internship Program
If you are offered and accept an internship opportunity:
- Attend a short preparatory workshop on internships
- Plan your course sequence with an Academic Counsellor
4 - Begin your first work term
- Work terms can be two summer semesters or two consecutive semesters
5 - Register for ADM 4903 prior to your second work term
Public Services and Procurement Canada - Raffy Antranikian (summer 2015 and 2016)
"This internship changed my life for the better. I was really worried that not getting into the co-op program meant that I was never going to gain valuable work experience while completing my degree. Luckily, I was able to gain work experience in the government and the skills I developed are things that I can use for the rest of my life no matter the place I work. I was lucky I found this internship because if I had never clicked on the link in email sent by the Telfer Career Centre, then I would have never known about this opportunity."
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Adam Stelmach (summer 2015 and 2016)
"I am very fortunate to have secured a job as a student here at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I like how they treat their students here just as any other new staff member. Both my managers always supported me and taught me many valuable skills. I am also very thankful for everything they have taught me and their patience with me being as I am a student and fairly new to the workplace. My time at DFO has been very rewarding and an overall interesting experience."
Public Works and Government Services Canada – Hassan Souleiman (fall 2011)
"I had a work term at PWGSC during summer 2011. During this internship, I was able to gain experience in the federal government. This experience allowed me to put into practice some of the theories I learned in class. At the end of my work term, I received a part-time contract due to my perseverance and patience."
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Genevieve Good (summer 2011)
"When I was recruited in the second year of my BCom in Accounting, a career in the public service was something I had not considered. The DFO Internship offered me flexibility during my degree so I was able to gain experience in my field and still be able to participate in an international exchange. I took full advantage of the internship and had a rewarding and challenging experience. Now, I am one year out of my undergrad, enjoying fantastic work-life balance, many opportunities for advancement in my career in the exciting and growing field of internal audit, and developing skills that are in high demand."