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Program Overview

Program Overview

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, and one of the most dynamic, yet livable, cities in North America.

CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.

As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, navigating cultural differences between Canada and the U.S., and expanding your professional portfolio and network.

With more than half its residents born outside of Canada, Toronto offers world-class arts, entertainment and cuisine drawing from cultures near and far.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

PLACEMENT PROCESS

Each internship is determined on an individual basis, taking into account your background and experience as well as current employer work cycles and projects. Our team on the ground has a personalized process to work with you in the months leading up to the program to find the best match.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
  • Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
  • Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
  • Professional development workshops such as:
    • Making the Most of your Internship
    • Networking and Informational Interviewing
    • Understanding Working Styles
    • Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career
    • Midpoint review from student and supervisor
    • Final written evaluation from student and supervisor

Excursions

Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Toronto complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city. You might visit the Art Gallery of Ontario or Royal Ontario Museum, take in a Toronto Blue Jays professional baseball game, and explore the dozens of street festivals that occur year round. Pay a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a lot more in Canada’s most populous city.

Volunteering

A community-based activity, such as structured volunteering or a service project, is typically offered at least once during the program.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer 2017 (8 wks)
02/15/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$6,450

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

Does not include individual processing fees (range 150 CAD to 270 CAD, based on visa) that students pay directly to the Canadian government
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs
$3,352
Housing **
$2,280
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees ***
$400

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* Non-refundable

** Does not include a meal plan

*** Does not include individual processing fees (range 150 CAD to 270 CAD, based on visa) that students pay directly to the Canadian government

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$200
Local Transportation
$450
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$300

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • Rising Sophomore standing and above at time of participation
  • Students participating in the Toronto Summer Global Internship program must maintain full-time student status while participating in the program, and must have matriculated full-time at home university at least three months prior to application
  • Students should be prepared to obtain a signed letter from their home university confirming student matriculation details
  • Students must be between the ages of 18 and 30 during the internship program
  • *Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for this program is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participate in a weekly integrated academic seminar alongside the full-time internship placement.

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About the City

About The City

Canada’s economic capital, Toronto is a city with an impressive list of credentials – the largest city in Canada, the fastest growing financial center in the G7, and one of the most dynamic, yet livable, cities in North America. Toronto was ranked #1 by “The Economist” as the Best Place To Live in 2015. While offering robust opportunities for internships in English, Toronto sets itself apart from internships in the U.S. through its distinctively Canadian culture, politics, and charm.

With more than half its residents born outside of Canada, Toronto offers world-class arts, entertainment and cuisine drawing from cultures near and far. From film festivals to museums to professional sports franchises, the city offers something for everyone.

The city’s excellent public transportation system makes navigating Toronto easy and convenient. Toronto’s wide-ranging industry sectors and multi-cultural setting create an ideal backdrop for a valuable internship program.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Matthew Byrnes

Academic Internship Council Toronto Director

Matt joined AIC in early 2011 to establish Toronto operations and to manage the Global Internship Conference (GIC).. Matt brings 16 years of high-level service experience from the Meeting Management and Incentive Travel industries. Matt has lived and worked in the U.K. and Canada and has traveled to five different continents. A proud Torontonian and Canadian, he is eager to share his hometown with international internship students.

Matt’s other passion is working with an Elementary School in the Flemingdon Park neighborhood of Toronto, where he has spearheaded the effort to raise $26,000 over 3 years to improve education for 700 elementary students, most of whom are from newly immigrated families from more than 50 countries. During the winter months, Matt can be found at the local hockey rink every weekend, coaching his son’s and daughter’s teams and serving as a Level 2 Referee.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Classroom activities take place at the Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto. The Centre for Social Innovation is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation around the world. CSI is a co-working space, community, and launch pad for people who are changing the world, with locations in Toronto and a New York City.

Transportation
Students commute to their internships and most program activities via local public transportation. Introduction to the system is provided during orientation and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Program housing is in student dormitory or apartment-style accommodations and meets the following requirements:

  • Shared (double or triple) rooms
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Internet access
  • Convenient to public transportation

Meals are not included in the program housing but students do have access to cooking facilities and are given a briefing during orientation about local markets and stores.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your experience abroad starts now! 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. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and 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, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down 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.

CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple, to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry - you’ll arrive in Toronto with the knowledge to succeed.

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Internet

Internet

Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Students on this program should expect to spend approximately 30-32 hours per week (200-240 hours total) doing internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.

Nature of Classes

Students will participate in classes alongside other CIEE students only.

Grading System

Assessment
Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopses of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analyses of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

INSH 3806 TOCA
Academic Internship in Toronto

The CIEE Global Internship Program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 200 - 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopses of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analyses of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

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