Following the July SHAD program, students can compete for a volunteer work experience with a SHAD supporter organization, to put their new knowledge into action for the rest of the summer or beyond.
August internships are four to six-week volunteer opportunities with large and small organizations, designed to complement the SHAD campus experience. These placements are an excellent opportunity for new SHADs to gain exposure to the world of business, add skills to their resumes, and build their network of contacts for future summer, co-op and full-time roles. Some companies may offer a small honorarium/stipend at completion of the internship.
Key elements of volunteer internships include:
Volunteer internships are not guaranteed to all participants. Students interested in a volunteer internship compete for the opportunity.
Participation is optional, but internships are encouraged as a valuable complement to the SHAD month on campus.
Internships are usually in a participant’s home city or within reasonable commuting distance. Internships are not based in the city where each individual attended SHAD.
Internships typically begin the week after the SHAD program ends, and continue until the start of school.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
When interested SHADs have submitted their applications for the internship program, SHAD coordinates with the ‘hiring’ organizations and companies. We ask that students not interact directly with those organizations unless they have been specifically advised by SHAD to do so. The process is then:
SHAD sends each internship provider a number of resumes (called a ‘shortlist’) of potential SHAD candidates in their area.
The organizations contact students directly to arrange interviews. Most organizations are unable to meet with every candidate on their shortlist. As in any hiring process, they interview candidates whose skills, backgrounds and interests match their requirements.
Some interviews begin in mid-March, with the selection process taking some time to complete.
Click here for some interview tips and to get an idea of what questions might be asked during the interview.
Students may receive confirmation as early as mid-April, but some organizations may not make their decisions until June, as they're considering possible projects, employee vacations, number of students to select, and more. It’s important for students to be patient throughout the process.
Selections are confirmed through the SHAD main office. Students are contacted with any offers and SHAD confirms acceptances back to the organization. The student and ‘hiring’ organization then coordinate details such as hours of work, supervisor's coordinates, etc. with each other directly.
Once a student has accepted a summer internship, they cannot attend interviews with any other organizations.
A signed liability waiver from a parent or guardian will be required for students accepting an internship position.
SHAD strives to keep all parties informed of progress throughout the process. If, at any time, students want an update on their status, the latest information is posted on SHAD’s website. Click here to review a list of the organizations that have completed their selections, or contact the SHAD main office.
Questions?: If you have any questions regarding volunteer internships, please contact Erin McClure, Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement Coordinator, at (519) 884-8844 x 224.
IF YOU OBTAIN AN INTERNSHIP
Organizations look forward to introducing their SHAD participants to their company, and count on them to be productive in whatever they are assigned to complete. Students should be ready for the range and scope of opportunities the placement offers, and the career options introduced. The summer internship is a chance to see real-world problems solved in a real-time environment; in many cases the SHADs will be doing the solving. The goal for each SHAD is to contribute to the success of the internship provider.
Good communication skills are vital in the internship. Organizations expect students to ask questions during the summer internship when they need help. Friendly communication, an eagerness to learn, enthusiasm for the tasks assigned, and the self-confidence to try new things will create an enriching experience. There is sometimes the possibility of future employment, which is an optimal outcome for both parties. Organizations put significant effort into accommodating and hosting the SHAD internship, so students should remember to be respectful and considerate in all interactions.
Further internship tips will be provided in July for those who secure placements.