Continuing our all about co-ops and internships series, today features the experiential learning opportunities found through the Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT).
You might be asking yourself: What’s with co-ops and internships? What is experiential learning? Why does everyone keep speaking about it? Am I the only one without insights on what it entails and the opportunity it provides?
At Ontario Tech University, the Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) exposes its students to various real-world experiences where their classroom lessons are applied and their skills tested and sharpened through experiential learning.
Experiential learning options in FBIT includes industry placements, internships, capstone program, international education and much more.
Experiential learning is a great way to figure out your career path in your field of study and a very important aspect of the learning process.
It helps and guides you throughout your university journey and clarifies any confusions or misjudgments you have about any areas of your study. Most importantly, it provides you with industry skills that will be very beneficial to you in the long run.
How the co-op and internship process works in FBIT
An internship is a paid placement at a partner or sponsor organization which lasts for a minimum of 16 consecutive weeks and can run longer depending on the placement and contract of the eligible student.
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. 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 paid, full-time wages as stated in the sponsoring business contract for the specified period of the placement
Upon a successful completion of a placement, you will be required to provide a written and verbal final report to the faculty. You will receive a mark and also earn three credits towards your degree at Ontario Tech University.
You can learn more about the advantages of experiential learning in FBIT on their website and by checking out their frequently asked questions.
If you are an international student in FBIT, you are required to get approval from the program co-ordinator prior to acceptance of placements.
Read more about international requirements and eligibility.
Merits of landing a placement
Obtaining an internship helps you grow personally, professionally and skillfully.
It expands your horizon and widens your perspective on your field of study. You will be able to learn and discover more from practicing your classroom knowledge in the industry.
Your academic journey will be filled with great and meaningful experiences.
You will be able to meet professionals, connect and build your own personal network.
The experience of a placement in general is crucial for every student and all students are highly encouraged to take part in this great opportunity provided to make their learning experience outstanding.
Fun fact! FBIT students who are able to successfully land and complete a co-op or internship placement have the liberty to decide whether or not they want to take part in the Capstone Study Program of the faculty.
Not enough convincing yet? Need more reasons why you should consider experiential learning?
Let our student testimonies speak on our behalf.
Helen was a bridge student from Durham College to Ontario Tech University. She became interested in placements because she was curious and wanted to learn about business analysis. She applied to a job, got an interview but wasn’t a successful candidate. From that job, Helen was referred to another job placement which she applied for and successfully landed.
Helen completed two internship placements during her studies. One in her second year of study at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as a Project Control Officer and the other placement in her third year of study at BDO Canada as an Accounting and Assurance intern.
In her position as a Project Control Officer, Helen supported the software development IT team and was also part of project management. Her role involved working closely with the project manager, recording and tracking project progress, maintaining work books and much more. This role exposed her to growth in new areas of business.
Helen was able to gain transferrable skills like collaboration and teamwork, which were very helpful and essential to her when she returned to school for projects.
“I was continuously exposed to new things, it taught me a lot about myself and I discovered a new willingness to learn,” says Helen. “I was able to support my own learning and teach myself.”
In her second placement at BDO Canada, 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 ask questions. It was totally worth it,” she says.
Helen would strongly recommend students to experience a placement during their educational journey as it shows you what life is really like and you are able to apply your knowledge.
Placements provide awesome learning opportunities. You get to experience a workplace environment and are able to utilize your skills. It will prepare and build you for the industry.
Be a part of this experiential experience and motivate your peers to take that step. No knowledge gained is ever lost.
Interested in placements? Contact the Faculty of Business and Information Technology about further requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org
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