Academic Internships in Vancouver

Live and Work in Vancouver, Canada

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Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver is a bustling city on Canada’s west coast. Boasting a similar climate than the rest of the country, the city attracts millions of tourists each year to enjoy the beautiful scenery, outdoor activities, green lifestyle, and global business practices.

Vancouver is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities with just under a million residents to the city, from all over the world. Work-life balance is a part of life for Vancouverites, as they enjoy relaxed work environments, in addition to everything the natural landscape has to offer. As a world-leader in film production, tourism, engineering and green practices, Vancouver has an energetic economy with extensive opportunities for international interns.

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Students interning in Vancouver are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations, multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of industry sectors.

  • Digital Entertainment & Film/TV Production – production companies, virtual reality, video game design, animation studios
  • Engineering & Life Sciences – bioengineering, biomedical device engineering, mining, sustainable energy
  • Green Economy – data technology firms, environmental consultants, power systems
  • Hospitality & Tourism – hotels, event planning, incentive travel organizations
  • Social Enterprises – innovation hubs, non-profit social enterprises, non-governmental organizations
  • Technology & Research – university research departments, technology firms, start-ups, business intelligence, security firms

Sample internship placements include: University of British Colombia, HootSuite, Vancouver Tourism, Ondine Biomedical.

Exact internship is determined through our Personalized Placement Process for each student.

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A Typical Vancouver Internship Program

AIC tailors internship programs to the needs of each academic partner and a typical program in Vancouver includes:

Personalized Placement including pre-placement interview, student assessment, resume review; personalized matching with appropriate internship opportunity from the AIC database and ongoing employer outreach; coaching and troubleshooting during the interview process.

Academic Components designed by our university partners or through online coursework.

Housing in student residences convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Apartments are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connection. Bedrooms are typically doubles.

Student Orientation including a pre-departure orientation on campus and an on-site city orientation, featuring a tour of Vancouver’s city streets, public transportation, tips on “can’t miss” culture, introduction to local markets, and guidance on navigating Vancouver.

Ongoing Local Support from our local, on-site Program Team, including full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.

Professional Development opportunities that include workshops, symposiums or materials on interviewing skills, working styles, making the most of your internship experience, and industry-specific networking in Vancouver.

Cultural Activities including site visits or social sector briefings with community leaders from various organizations.

Students: Please note that internships are available only through our partner academic institutions. To find out if you can participate through your university programs, contact us.