Toronto, Canada

Global Internship

Click to scroll down and read more

Information for term Global Internship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

June 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
  • Dates: Aug 28 – Nov 18, 2018 (12 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 4 – Apr 28, 2018 (12 weeks)

Application Deadline

October 15, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 15, 2018


Click to Open
Work and explore in one of the world’s most multicultural cities.

Experience daily life in one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse multicultural centers. Living and working in the shadow of the iconic CN Tower, you’ll speak English with new friends and colleagues while immersing yourself in an atmosphere of distinctively Canadian culture, politics, and charm.

As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll work in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, navigating cultural differences between Canada and the United States and expanding your professional portfolio and network. In addition to interning three days a week, you’ll spend 10 hours a week with peers in a valuable professional development course. The rest of your time is for organized cultural activities, exploring the city with friends, or hanging out in comfort in your dorm room.

Toronto is consistently ranked as one of the world’s “most livable” cities, and there’s lots to see and do. Catch a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game, visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, view world-class exhibits at the Royal Ontario Museum or Art Gallery of Ontario, or check out any of the dozens of street festivals that take place year-round.

Budget-friendly eateries all over the city serve up every kind of food you can imagine: from burritos, burgers and bánh mì, to gyros and grilled cheese, and to Jamaican jerk chicken. But be sure to eat your share of poutine, Canada’s national comfort food. Shops (poutineries) specializing in the gooey, gravy-covered fries can be found all over town!

Internship Placement

Every placement is unique. In the months leading up to your program, our Toronto-based team will work with you to find a perfect match within our large network of local businesses and nonprofit organizations, and coach you through the hiring process. Our team will support you during your preparation through the following steps:

Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching, and coaching for each intern throughout the internship placement process
Providing materials to guide creation of a résumé that is appropriate for the local business culture, as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture, plus feedback for individual interns to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor

Every year we find internships for students like you in a variety of fields such as media, television, art, film, education, marketing, hospitality, politics, law, and NGOs. Available organizations vary each semester, but here are just a few where CIEE has placed students in the past:

  • Global Television
  • Revolver Films
  • Alma Records
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Canadian International Council
  • C.D. Howe Institute
  • Invest Toronto
  • The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

​Note: While we always do our best to match your internship request or preferred theme, we ask you remain flexible as the actual fields and companies may differ depending on many factors out of our control, such as availability or activity cycle.

The Take-Aways

  • Professional Development

    CIEE knows that interns need a balanced experience that includes correlating activities, workshops, and seminars.

  • Growth

    Have a better sense of what you want to study in college or even pursue as a career.

  • Certificate

    A certificate of completion of CIEE’s Global Competence Course, verifying a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning.

  • said it made them more mature young adults

  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

  • said their level of independence increased


Location & Culture

Click to Open

Live, work, and learn in one of the world’s most diverse municipalities.

Located along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, Toronto is Canada’s largest city and one of the world’s most diverse multicultural environments. With more than half its residents born outside of Canada, the city’s motto is “Diversity Our Strength,” and you’ll see that reflected in the huge variety of languages spoken (over 140), as well as the bounty of ethnic food available in neighborhoods including Chinatown, Greektown, Little Poland, Little Italy, and Little India.

Canada’s economic capital, Toronto is a city with an impressive list of credentials, including its place as the fastest-growing financial center in the G7. “The Economist” named Toronto “The Best Place to Live” in 2015, and its excellent public transportation system is one reason why – it consistently makes navigating the city easy and convenient.

While living in Toronto, you’ll have your pick of world-class arts, entertainment, and cuisine. The city is a noted center for performing arts, as well as museums and film/TV production. Sports fan? The city is home to six major sports teams, including the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays.


Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-on-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in Toronto. The director will share information about the program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group. Once you arrive in Toronto, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, language crash courses, and even cooking classes that take advantage of the best local fare.

Daily Life

Click to Open

Sample Activites & Excursions

"In three weeks I have fallen in love with a city and fallen into a routine of never-ending admiration for the life swirling around me."

Find out more about daily life on a gap year abroad!

Visit the program blog

  • Housing

    Single or double room in a one of three dorm locations in downtown Toronto, based on availability.

  • Local Support

    CIEE resident staff available 24/7.


Click to Open

Sample Activities & Excursions

The CIEE Gap Year Abroad program includes at least 10 cultural activities and excursions designed to enhance your learning.

  • Visit world-class art at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum
  • Catch an exciting Toronto Blue Jays baseball game
  • Pay a visit to legends of Canada’s official national winter sport at the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Explore vibrant street festivals throughout your stay

Every semester, our program includes two day trips to discover a facet of Toronto in depth with other CIEE Gap Year Abroad and Study Abroad college students.

“Toronto Through Film”

Film is a wonderful way to look at Toronto through – literally – a new lens! Known as Hollywood North because of its robust film industry, Toronto is an attractive location for both TV and movie production. On this day trip, you’ll dive into many aspects of the business, from shooting to promotion. Visit the Toronto International Film Festival headquarters, see a TV or movie set, attend a talk with a director or producer, and learn about issues surrounding public policy and the local film industry. Take a break to eat lunch at a movie location and view key film clips. You’ll also attend a few fun “movie nights” before and after the day trip.

“Travel the World in a Single Day”

Bring your appetite! This day trip focuses on the history and culture of some of the myriad types of food found here. Did you know there are 140 ethnic neighborhoods officially recognized by the City of Toronto? Your day will start with a talk and discussion about diversity in Toronto, then move on to culinary exploration of areas such as Chinatown, Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown, Portugal Village, and Little India. Conclude with visit to a food hall and market, and come back with some interesting snacks and cooking tips!

Eligibility & Fees

Click to Open

Eligibility & Fees


Fall: Rolling Admissions
Spring: December 1
Contact CIEE for more information


  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must be 18 years or older at the time of their departure.



You can create a duo program by combining any two CIEE Gap Year Abroad semesters and get 10% off the second semester.

Apply four weeks before the application deadline and receive $400 off the cost of your program.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Spring 2018 12 weeks Rolling Admissions Feb 4, 2018 Apr 28, 2018


Fall 2018 12 weeks Jun 1, 2018 Aug 28, 2018 Nov 18, 2018


Spring 2019 Oct 15, 2018 TBD TBD

Our Staff

Click to Open

What People are Saying

  • I cannot stress enough how rewarding it has been for me to network with so many different people. I found that being myself and being open-minded is one of the best ways for me to begin building a relationship, even with people you may think you have nothing in common with. I am learning to be loyal to myself for who I am and use adaptability to learn new perspectives.

    Hannah H., CIEE Gap Year Abroad alumna
  • Taking a gap year was the best decision that I could have made before heading off to college. I have come out a more mature, open-minded, culturally aware, and ultimately happier person. I entered college with a sense of accomplishment for already having spent a year in transition and I find that it is already paying off both socially and academically. If anyone is considering taking a gap year, the answer should be yes!

    Kira F., CIEE Gap Year Abroad alumna
  • I think the program is a fantastic opportunity for people who aren't quite sure how to break into their respective industries. This is especially true for people who feel that the best place to gain experience is nowhere close to home. In terms of placement, housing, and my visa, I couldn't have asked for more.

    Emily M., CIEE Intern alumna

Ready to change your life?