Professional Practice Courses
Professional practice courses allow you to work under the guidance of a professional in order to gain experience and develop skills related to a field of study. Includes internships, externships, and practicums.
- Internships exist in a wide variety of industries and settings. An internship may be paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). Paid internships are common in professional business, technology and advertising fields. Non-profit organizations and think-tanks typically offer unpaid, volunteer positions. Internships may be part-time or full-time, and usually last 6–12 weeks, but can be shorter or longer, depending on the company or organization involved.
- Externships: Like an apprenticeship or internship, an externship is typically a training program offered by educational institutions and private businesses that give students brief practical experiences in their field of study. At the University of Guelph our externships are typically short-term, unpaid “job shadowing” experiences. The purpose of the externship is to gain first-hand insight into a career or industry of interest.