UBC Arts students bring a wide range of skills, talents, and experiences to the workplace. Gain support with your projects and initiatives by recruiting a student through the Arts Co-op Program or Arts Internship Program.
Arts Co-op Program
Gain support during peak work periods or in completing special projects by connecting with a UBC Arts undergraduate or graduate student through the Arts Co-op Program.
With the most rigorous student selection process and intensive pre-employment training in British Columbia, the Arts Co-op Program consistently delivers the highest caliber students from one of Canada’s top universities.
UBC Arts Co-op students work in private business, non-profit organizations, and the public sector for employers across Canada and around the world.
Arts Internship Program
Enhance your organization’s work in the community by connecting with a UBC Arts undergraduate student through the Arts Internship Program.
Our students bring new perspectives, fresh ideas, and enthusiasm to your team and can provide support to special projects or events.
- Event planning and coordination
- Social media strategizing and management
- Graphic design
- Writing and copyediting
- Office administration
- Volunteer coordination
Our organization has directly benefited from the dedication of bright, engaged students with incredible work ethics.
About the program
The Arts Internship Program provides part-time, unpaid placements for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts at no cost to the students or community partners.
There are two program cycles per year (January and May) and internship placements are 4-8 months in length, 8-12 hours per week.
As a community partner, you control applicant screening and interview processes to ensure the most appropriate candidates are selected to work with your team.
In order to be involved as a community partner, your organization must:
- Be a registered nonprofit organization, social enterprise, or community organization with a commitment to facilitating learning and career-building opportunities for undergraduate students;
- Have the capacity to supervise and mentor an intern, and provide sufficient work and feedback for the duration of that internship;
- Be willing to review each student’s learning objectives and provide resources to help students meet these goals;
- Follow the guidelines of unpaid internships provided by the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers;
- Participate in a 45-60 minute site visit with the program coordinator and their intern, if selected to be a community partner. The site visit provides an opportunity for you to share your experiences, practices, ideas, and any potential concerns around employing and managing student workers and to review and reflect on student learning outcomes.
At the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers at UBC, our goal is to increase the employability of our students by connecting them with meaningful positions (part-time, full-time, volunteer, or internships) with a diverse range of industry and community partners. As such, we aim to ensure that anything posted by our Centre is appropriate, safe, and in the best interest of our students.
Postings may be declined if they:
- Do not adhere to provincial or federal Labour Laws and Human Rights standards or are not in alignment with Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers’ Ethical Recruitment Guidelines and position on Unpaid Internships;
- Are not transparent or appear to put undue risk or costs on the employee;
- Do not supply adequate contact information, such as company website.
Application & hiring process
If you are a new community partner, please contact the program coordinator for more details about the program. Once your organization has been approved, you will be asked to create an account on UBC’s online job board, CareersOnline. You can create several contacts under your organization’s profile.
Once you have created an account on CareersOnline, you will create and post an internship proposal which will include a job description, student learning outcomes, training, and other opportunities available to the student intern.
All student applications will be sent to you through CareersOnline. The system can send the applications directly to your email address or send a notification when a student applies. You will be notified of key dates and guidelines after your posting has been approved.
Please note that students may have multiple internship offers and may request some time to make their decision – as students will be applying to many positions simultaneously, try to be timely when conducting your interviews and offering placements.
Inform the program coordinator once you have confirmed an intern for your position. At this point, you will sign a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the program expectations, Student Accident Insurance, and guidelines for ethical internships.