All about co-ops and internships: Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT)



 

Today, we feature the experiential learning opportunities available through the FBIT in our all about co-ops and internships series.

At Ontario Tech, FBIT provides its students with various real-world experiences where their classroom lessons are applied, and their skills are tested and sharpened through hands-on learning.

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Experiential learning opportunities in FBIT include industry placements, internships, the Capstone program, international education and much more. These opportunities are an essential aspect of the learning process and are a great way to figure out a career path in your field of interest.

These experiences can help you clarify any confusion, uncertainties or misjudgments you may have about your area of study. Most importantly, it provides you with industry skills that will be very beneficial to you in the long run, especially when pursuing a career or graduate studies.

How the co-op and internship process works in FBIT

An internship is a paid placement opportunity at one of our many partnered—or sponsored—organizations. An internship lasts for a minimum of 16 consecutive weeks and can run longer depending on the placement and contract.

To be eligible for a co-op or internship, you must have completed your second-year core courses, be in good academic standing and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3. If you do not yet meet the requirements, you can still apply! We review applications at the end of each semester, at which point your GPA may meet the requirement. 

After successfully landing a placement, you can expect:

  • A minimum of 560 hours of progressive business and management experience.
  • A minimum of 16 consecutive weeks of employment.
  • The possibility of being paid full-time wages.

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Upon completing a placement, you will receive a final mark and earn three credits towards your degree at Ontario Tech.

Learn more about the advantages of experiential learning in FBIT and check out frequently asked questions to find the right fit for you. 

If you are an international student, you must get approval from the program coordinator before accepting a placement. Read more about international requirements and eligibility to ensure you have all the necessary documentation. 

Merits of landing a placement

Woman working at a computerObtaining an internship helps you grow personally, professionally and skillfully. You will learn and discover through the hands-on practice of classroom knowledge in a real-world setting. 

Through experiential learning, your academic journey will be filled with great and meaningful experiences that will help prepare you for a future career in the industry. You will also have the opportunity to meet professionals, which will help you establish relationships and networks in the field.

Fun fact: FBIT students who successfully land—and complete—a co-op or internship placement have the opportunity to take part in the Capstone Study program.

Need more reasons why you should consider experiential learning?

See what a successful graduate has to say: 


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Helen Williams, Accounting Graduate

Helen was a bridge student from Durham College to Ontario Tech interested in doing placements because she wanted to learn more about business analysis. 

Helen's first placement during her second year was at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as a Project Control Officer. Her role involved working closely with the project manager, recording and tracking progress, maintaining workbooks, supporting the development IT team and much more. 

This placement helped her grow in new business areas and allowed her to gain transferable skills such as collaboration and teamwork. "I was continuously exposed to new things, it taught me a lot about myself and I discovered a new willingness to learn," says Helen. 

Helen's second placement was in her third year at BDO Canada as an Accounting and Assurance intern. In this placement, Helen helped during tax season with both corporate and personal taxes. "It required a lot more work and effort but taught me time management, how to prioritize my tasks and to ask questions. It was totally worth it," she says.

Helen strongly recommends students experience placement during their educational journey because it shows you what life can be like pursuing a career in your field.


If you are interested in placements, contact FBIT at fbitinternship@ontariotechu.ca.

Experiential learning is one way Ontario Tech provides its students with ample opportunities to expand and apply their knowledge. It is an opportunity every student should consider and take advantage of!

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