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What is work integrated learning?

Work integrated learning are structured and formalized courses that provide students with the opportunity to integrate their academic studies with relevant work experiences or business challenges.  RRU undergraduate and graduate programs elect to include internships, practicums, field study and projects as integral components of the programming.

Work integrated learning and co-op education are recognized by the regulating associations of Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) and the Association for Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning BC/Yukon (ACE-WIL).  The mission and mandate of these two associations are to provide national and provincial structure and common practices to both co-operative education and work integrated learning.

When are students available?

Students are available throughout the year:  check the work integrated learning calendar to see which students are currently available or contact the Career Learning and Development office to discuss your position or project. 

What are the benefits of hiring an RRU internship student?

RRU’s internship programs follow the same guidelines and requirements as a typical co-op work term, except that RRU internship students have completed all mandatory in-class academics:  they are ready to work.  Unlike co-op work terms, where students must return to academic study, internships can be completed at the end of the program and, for most programs, are the final academic requirement.  This means that most of our internship students have the flexibility to remain in their positions upon completion of their formalized work term.

What are internship students paid?

Just as in careers, internship opportunities come with a range of pay scales:  employers are expected to review their budget and offer students a fair salary for the work that is required. 

What about insurance?

As with a usual temporary employee, employers are required to ensure that all paid internship students are included in their Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia (WorkSafeBC) insurance policy. Students hosted in unpaid internships within BC have workers’ compensation coverage through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology.

Outside of British Columbia, workplace insurance is the responsibility of the host and student.

For details on employer expectations and requirements, please review the BC Provincial Government’s Employer Corner.

What programs incorporate work integrated learning? 

If it is service learning, industry case studies, internships or practicums, RRU programs incorporate different forms of work integrated learning as academic components of their programs.  Each School determines which form of work intergrated learning best meets their program's learning outcomes and their students’ learning goals.  

Hoping to hire a student?  Go to the Career Learning and Development calendar page to see when students are available for internships and practicums.