Internship in Canada Program

  • Overview
  • Eligibility
  • Housing
  • What's Included
  • The Experience
  • Dates & Program Fees

Internship in Canada Program

Our internship in Canada program offers comprehensive professional development and cultural immersion. Our Toronto internships span all career fields and we are proud to partner with a range of leading companies and organizations.

Toronto is an international hub for business, finance, arts and culture and is recognized as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Our internship in Canada program offers successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experience in one of the most important cities in Canada, and the world, all while making important global connections and boosting their resume and future career. The opportunities are limitless in Canada’s most populous city. Our Canada internship program will make you stand out in competitive job markets around the world. Successful candidates will develop professionally and personally, learning from industry professionals in leading internships. Toronto is the perfect place for driven, young professionals looking to take their career to the next level.

For those seeking a life-changing international internship, Canada is the perfect place, and there is no city better than Toronto. Considered the financial capital of Canada, Toronto is an international hub for business and finance. If you are accepted onto the program, an internship in Canada will allow you to gain invaluable work experience and industry exposure on a global level.

Our program offers much more than leading internships. Toronto is a colossal city, one of the most populous in North America, and we want it to feel like your home. For this reason, we provide all of the stability and support necessary to ensure that your experience is seamless and rewarding. Quality accommodation, all of your public transportation in Toronto, advanced professional training, cultural and social events, and 24/7 local support are all included alongside a leading internship. Canada will feel like home in no time with this local support in Toronto.

You will form lifelong friendships with other program participants, build networks which span the globe, and forge long-lasting connections. Program participants will also become part of our powerful alumni network for life after completing their internship in Canada. Toronto is the ideal city for growing your professional and personal networks.

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Due to the exclusivity of our partner companies, it must be noted that our internship in Canada program is selective.

Apply today for a leading internship. Canada is the perfect place to launch your career with The Intern Group.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto is the world’s most multicultural metropolis. With more than half of the population born outside of the city and over 140 languages spoken, it’s one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Toronto is world-renowned as a financial powerhouse and a cultural melting pot. There is truly something for everyone in Canada’s largest city and economic capital.

Toronto is influential in everything – from finance and business, technology and life sciences to art, design, fashion and much more. No matter your interests, the opportunities are endless here. Home to the Toronto Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the Big Five, Canada’s five largest banks, Toronto deserves its title as Canada’s financial and commercial capital. This is the place to be if you’re looking to launch your career in finance or business. For those pursuing careers in the creative industries, Toronto’s cultural scene does not fail to impress. Home to Canada’s major broadcast networks, media outlets, art galleries and studios, Toronto has something for everyone.

Take a trip up the CN tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western hemisphere and gaze out over Lake Ontario. If the view from the top of the world’s third tallest tower isn’t exhilarating enough, adrenaline addicts are invited to take a walk around the edge of the roof of the tower. If heights aren’t your thing, head over to one of Toronto’s beautiful beaches down below. History buffs will enjoy the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history. Lovers of art and culture should head over to Harbourfront Center. Once an area of abandoned warehouses, the harbourfront is now the city’s cultural hub and the home of an array of galleries, theatres, eateries and festivals.

Internship in Canada

Shopaholics will never want to leave the Path, the underground shopping center that spans 30km. Nature fans won’t want to miss the chance to stand in awe of Niagara Falls, just a couple of hours outside of the city.

From Casa Loma to Kensington Market and Toronto Islands to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Canada’s economic capital truly has something for everyone. Wandering through the city’s diverse districts is equivalent to taking a tour of the globe, each one boasting its own characters, culture and cuisine. Be inspired in the epitome of a melting pot.

Visa Requirements for Canada

There are three visa options for international professionals and students selected to take part in International Experience Canada (IEC). Those include Work & Holiday, Young Professionals and the International Co-Op/Internship. There is a fourth option for American applicants known as an Open Work Permit which allows eligibility to all three categories.

General Eligibility:

  • Your nationality must be listed on one of the three lists below
  • You must be a citizen with a valid passport for length of internship program
  • You must demonstrate a permanent foreign address outside of Canada
  • Ages 18-35
  • You must demonstrate a clear criminal record by obtaining an official background if requested
  • You must purchase medical insurance coverage in Canada for at least the duration of your stay
  • You must be able to demonstrate supporting funds equal to or exceeding CA$2,500

visa-eligibity

Visa Rules:

  • Each qualifying nationality has a finite quota for each year, so you will be advised at the admissions stages on your likelihood of acceptance. Please consult the links below to determine your likelihood of acceptance for the current year ahead of your admissions interview.
  • Therefore there are five factors that determine which visa you will apply for: nationality; size of nationality quota; timing of application; criminal history and educational status.
  • For all intents and purposes most nationalities that qualify for the Work & Holiday. Therefore our IEC qualifying participants will always apply through this route first.

Work & Holiday:

    The application for this visa is online and the turn-around time is typically 3-8 weeks. The cost of this visa is $226 CAD, apply directly to IEC. This visa is valid for the duration of the internship with a maximum length of 12 months. The actual duration permissible will be determined by length of insurance coverage. You will be instructed to apply for this visa immediately after admittance to the program, if you are accepted.

Open Work Permit (Americans Only):

This category involves two online applications and typically takes 6-10 weeks which you will begin immediately after acceptance to the program. The first application will be for a Recognized Organization (RO). The second will be for the general IEC program. The cost of the Recognized Organization is $350 USD. The cost to apply directly to IEC is $226 CAD ($175 USD). The total cost of the visa is $525 USD.

The basic eligibility is as follows:

  • US Citizen with a valid passport for length of internship program
  • You must demonstrate a permanent US address
  • Ages 18-35
  • You must demonstrate a clear criminal record by obtaining an official background if requested
  • You must purchase medical insurance coverage in Canada for at least the duration of your stay
  • You must be able to demonstrate supporting funds equal to or exceeding CA$2,500

This visa is valid for the duration of the internship with a maximum length of 12 months. The actual duration permissible will be determined by length of insurance coverage. You will be instructed to apply for this visa immediately after admittance to the program.

What is the age requirement?

If you have finished high school, you qualify for our programs. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year, although the majority are completing undergraduate university degrees. Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates, and even experienced professionals in career transition. The key point is this: every internship we arrange is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and for their unique background/stage of career.

Do I need prior work experience?

No. As we are a customized internship program, our roles coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers who wish to experience a new career field/destination.

Who do you accept onto the program?

Our program participants have included Harvard MBA graduates to a 17 year old on their first overseas trip. What our thousands of alumni have in common is more fundamental than any educational or professional qualification – it is an international mindset, combining a desire and ambition to further themselves with a keen curiosity to learn more about the world.

To read about how international internships are beneficial for all age groups, visit our blog article.

Private Bedroom in Shared Accommodation

We offer interns in Toronto accommodation in shared apartments with other interns and international students. You will have your own lockable private bedroom. All apartments are equipped with bedding, basic cooking utensils and WIFI internet service. We take care to make sure that all of our housing options are located within safe areas with a reasonable commute (about 30-60 minutes is normal) to your internship by bus, metro or walking.

 

All participants on The Intern Group program automatically benefit from a host of unique advantages.

In addition to a professional internship placement and housing, our Toronto internship program provides you with the following:

A full array of top class professional development resources. The focus of our international internship programs is on participants’ personal and professional growth. Alongside developing the independence and cultural awareness of living and working in a new country, our program places equal emphasis on the enhancement of the skills and experience required to fulfill their career ambitions. There are 4 key components to our professional development suite.

  • Workplace skills workshop focusing on many areas including professional development and core communication skills required to succeed in any environment
  • Self assessment HR tool typically reserved for CEOs and corporate leaders
  • A wide array of training materials to ensure you have the guidance and support to maximize the benefit of your internship experience.
  • A personalized, one hour session with a professional Alumni Success Coach. Our experienced career coaches specialize in a wide variety of topics ranging from landing your dream job, to Linkedin branding and negotiating salaries. You choose from our portfolio of experts who you would like to guide you through your next steps after your international internship. *Eligible for interns interviewed after June 1st, 2017.

Transportation in Toronto: You will receive a travel card loaded with credit to last for approximately one month of public transportation. *This is only effective for those who have confirmed their placement in the program after October 17th, 2017*.

A full calendar of social and cultural events: Our full-time local team in Toronto knows the city inside out and will show you the best of it. The Toronto internship program includes the following events, free of charge for all participants:

  • CN Tower

    Experience a full 360 degree view of Toronto from the observation deck in the iconic CN tower, soaring 1136 ft (346 meters) above ground.

  • Toronto Harbor Tour

    Cruise through the famous Lake Ontario, taking in breathtaking views of the Toronto skyline and experiencing the local wildlife of the Toronto Islands.

  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

    Immerse yourself in Canada’s largest indoor aquarium, with 16,000 aquatic animals, 100+ interactive displays, nine galleries, and three touch exhibits (featuring sharks, rays, horseshoe crabs).

  • Tour Guys Walking Tour

    There is no better way to explore a new city than on foot! Listen to informative & entertaining tour guides covering topics such as graffiti, ghosts, bacon, rock & roll, immigration, and some historical facts on the great city of Toronto!

An active international community in Toronto where optional meet-ups are constantly planned. At all times of the year we have large numbers of talented participants on our programs from all over the world. You will immediately become part of an international community, providing you with friends and networks to last a lifetime.

Great support from our full-time local team with local expertise, from start to finish. Our full-time team in Toronto are all experts on the city and are incredibly proud of it– they want to show you why. They will organize your airport pick-up when you arrive in Toronto as well as your airport drop-off at the end of your internship.

This is the Toronto Experience. The Intern Group in Toronto will make sure that you have all of the resources necessary for your professional development and cultural immersion. We want you to work hard but also have the time of your life. Your internship program in Toronto includes a wide range of cultural and social events. Check out our participants in Toronto:



Program Fees

*Note: The cost of the program is fixed in Canadian Dollars (CAD). The approximate equivalents in other currencies are displayed here only for your convenience.*

Duration
of Program
Program Fees
8 Weeks$7,150
10 Weeks$8,350
12 Weeks$9,500
16 Weeks$12,490
20 Weeks$14,990
24 Weeks$17,190

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Program fees do not include visa fees, flights, insurance or daily food & drink.

Program Start Dates

Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule with the following start dates:

2018

  • February
    3rd
  • March
    3rd
  • April
    7th
  • May
    5th
  • June
    2nd
  • July
    7th
  • August
    4th
  • September
    1st
  • October
    6th
  • November
    3rd
  • December
    1st

Discounts

Alumni Discount – If you have already completed an internship program with us in the past, you are eligible for an Alumni Discount*.
*10% Alumni Discount for program start dates year round excluding peak season (June and July).
*5% Alumni Discount for program start dates in June and July.

Discount for Financial Aid Recipients– If you are a college student in the US receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in the UK receiving a Maintenance Loan of over £8200 or a Maintenance Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in Australia receiving Youth Allowance, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.

Please view our financing page for more information on funding your international internship program.

To see if you’re eligible for the Canada Program, please click here.

Payment Schedule

Please see our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Apply

No application fee.

Submit application online.


Schedule an interview by phone or skype with our admissions team.


Evaluation of your interview and resume/CV by our admissions team.

Enroll

If you are accepted into the program, congratulations!


Confirm your place in the program by making a deposit of 500 British Pounds.

Half of balance due

50% of your remaining fee is due within 30 days of enrollment. Our money-back guarantee covers you through the entire process.

Remaining balance due

You will be asked to pay the remaining balance within 21 days of having your internship role confirmed.

Pack your bags

You are ready to start the adventure of a lifetime!

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