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May 2019

Feature program: Experiential Learning Program in Law

The University of Alberta Faculty of Law has a heightened focus on “learning by doing,” a change embraced by all modern law schools. Knowing the power of experiential learning, we have expanded and intensified that learning with several one-of-a-kind courses.

Through the JAG Internship students gain experience with the military justice system by working for the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces. In the Wahkohtowin Project students explore the Cree law tenet of interdependence through traditional activities that take place on territory land. And, in a course on Gladue Sentencing Principles students learn the social, historical and contemporary context of sentencing for Indigenous offenders by assisting Gladue Report writers. The UAlberta competitive mooting program (simulated court arguments) qualified-for and won the Commonwealth Law Moot in 2019 representing North America. They qualified by winning Canada’s Gale Cup for the second year running.

Follow @UAlbertaLaw and learn more about how students can become a lawyer.


  • April 2019 feature program

    Feature program: Augustana Pathways Program

    The Pathways Program aims to connect third and fourth-year Augustana students with rural and Indigenous communities in Alberta throughout the summer months to complete a paid internship.

    Our Pathways scholars utilize the skills and passions they’ve developed in the classroom, while creating a project that supports the unique needs of their community. The Pathways Program helps students picture themselves developing long-term careers in their home communities, or ones similar to them.

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  • March 2019 feature program

    Feature program: Arts Work Experience (AWE)

    Arts Work Experience (AWE) offers career-related, paid work experience for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts. AWE has worked with over 200 employer partners from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There are a flexible range of program options under the AWE umbrella, including an accredited Arts Co-op Program and Discipline Specific Internships.

    "AWE has given me the tools and opportunities to explore what my skills can bring to various industries. I could never have imagined the career options that I see now thanks to my eye-opening work experience." Nina Legesse, BA English - Professional Development Student.

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  • February 2019 feature program

    Feature program: Campus Saint-Jean's Projet Afrique

    Le Projet Afrique is a partnership between the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean and Projects Abroad. It is an opportunity for second year and onward students to spend three weeks in Western Africa. Here, they will utilize their French language skills and acquire professional experience in their area of study. Students have the opportunity to shape the trip by choosing to teach French in an elementary class, shadow a health professional, work with young artists, work with nonprofit organizations or learn to maintain an environmentally sustainable farming project!

    Students will take part in courses that create a group dynamic among the cohort, teaching them about the customs of the country and promote a general awareness of the global impact that their actions can have.

    This program is a great way for participants to realize how large and rich the francophone world is, and how a common language can bring people and cultures together.

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  • January 2019 feature program

    Feature program: KSR Practicum Program

    When a student realizes that they want to follow their passion for leisure, sport, or health as a career, it is often followed by thoughts of how difficult it can be to break into these industries. This is why the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation has incorporated a practicum program into each of our undergraduate programs.

    Students in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation are supported throughout this process, from help with their resumes, applications and interview skills to constant check-points ensuring that they are gaining valuable work experience provided through their education. For Anthony Kennedy, his Practicum led him to working with the Edmonton Oilers as a Strength and Conditioning Intern Student, a role that aligns very strongly with his Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with a Sports Performance major. Anthony has continued to work with the Edmonton Oilers following his Practicum, and we are excited to see where this opportunity leads him!

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  • December 2018 feature program

    Feature program: Science Internship Program

    A student in the Faculty of Science has the opportunity to explore career options during their degree with our integrated Science Internship Program (SIP) and gain real-world work experience before graduation. Students in all science programs are eligible to participate in paid and supervised work terms that range from 4, 8, 12 or 16 months.

    A SIP placement is available locally, nationally or internationally in areas of research or industry, performing office, field or lab work. Internships provide students with the ability to discover their strengths and interests by applying classroom knowledge to real life situations. Students then graduate with a resume of relevant work experience which can boost chances for employment. Admission to the program is possible after completion of first year and is based on academic performance.

    Are your students ready to take a SIP? Learn more»

  • November 2018 feature program

    Feature program: Engineering Co-op Program

    For over 35 years, University of Alberta Engineering Co-op students have made a difference in businesses across Canada and around the world. The University of Alberta offers one of the largest and most successful engineering co-op programs in Canada.

    The Engineering Co-op Program incorporates a paid, supervised work experience component into the undergraduate engineering degree program. Jobs are sourced locally, nationally and internationally and placements can be in field, office, research, or industry environments.

    Co-op is offered in all engineering disciplines. Admission to the Co-op program is competitive and based on academic performance in students’ first year.

    Are your students ready to get started? Learn more»

  • October 2018 feature program

    Feature program: Advanced Field Experience

    Bachelor of Education students have the opportunity to complete their final field placement at one of four Alberta curriculum schools around the world including in Bermuda, China, Cambodia, and Mexico.

    While all Education students must complete a minimum of 14 weeks of student teaching during their degree, completing a field experience abroad provides students with a unique learning opportunity.

    Rebecca reflected on her time abroad as a huge learning experience, which prepared her to start her first full year of teaching in her own Grade 4 classroom: “What I didn't foresee was the way this opportunity made my resume stand out. I think administration teams, when seeing the international AFX on my resume attributed with things like resilience and fortitude, as well as a willingness to try new things.”

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  • September 2018 feature program

    Feature program: Work Experience Program

    The Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) Internship Program provides U of A students with an excellent opportunity to apply knowledge gained in academic studies to the workplace through a full time, paid 4, 8, 12 or 16 month internship experience. Students in the ALES Internship Program have opportunities to work with industry leaders exclusive to the program. Benefits of participating in this program include expanding contacts in one's professional field, exploring future employment opportunities, developing interpersonal and professional skills, earning an income, receiving career development support for the U of A Career Centre, and getting a head start in one's career! Other career-related learning opportunities in the Faculty of ALES include the Human Ecology practicum program and dietetic internship.

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  • June 2018 feature program

    Feature program: Business with a Marketing Major

    Marketing combines a strong analytical mind with a creative flair and an ability to connect and communicate with people. In this major you will learn about consumer behavior, how to conduct research to identify customer needs, new product development, and how to communicate using new and traditional media. Learn more»

  • May 2018 feature program

    Feature program: UAlberta Law

    Do you know a student interested in law school? The law affects much of what we do in our everyday lives; it is essential to shaping the communities we live in. Should schools have the power to make students wear uniforms? Should cloning humans be legal? Can a school principal search students’ lockers? All of these questions involve the law. 

    Many law school graduates practice with private firms or in government or the courts, but there are a number of non-traditional career options also available, including in labour relations, law reform, education, sports and entertainment, and business. Although career opportunities in law are unique and endless, one common theme is that lawyers advocate on behalf of a client or cause they believe in. 

    UAlberta Law is one of Canada's top law schools, and is now among the top 100 law schools worldwide, according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2018 by subject. For more information on becoming a lawyer, visit the Faculty of Law and follow us @UAlbertaLaw on Twitter and Instagram.

  • April 2018 feature program

    Feature program: Computer Engineering

    Computer engineers don’t just sit at desks staring at monitors all day; they create the technologies that shape our modern world. Smarter software, faster Internet, or computers in the palm of your hand: computer engineers play a significant role in all of them.

    Computer engineers deal with the design, implementation, analysis, and testing of hardware and software for computing systems. Unlike computer scientists who deal primarily with software, computer engineers must have a strong understanding of computers as physical devices and of the software that drives them. Because of this, computer engineers can be considered equal parts electrical engineer and computer scientist.

    Graduates of the University of Alberta’s Computer Engineering program may work in software development, telecommunications, hardware design, nanotechnology, circuit and microprocessor design, or a host of other computer-related careers. Many students also go on to graduate studies in more specific areas of computer engineering.

    Learn more about Computer Engineering at the U of A »

  • March 2018 feature program

    Feature program: Campus Saint Jean - Education

    With the large influx and interest in French language education in Alberta, teachers who are able to teach in French are needed more than ever. Our education program is well positioned to respond to the educational demand in Alberta and throughout Western Canada.

    CSJ students are taught not only how to teach, but also how to be transmitters of culture — a key component in the acquisition of a new language. 

    For students coming from a French Immersion background, this program provides them with the opportunity to further discover French culture while learning the skills they need to teach Western Canada's youth. For students with a Francophone background, the program presents them with new perspectives on Canadian Francophonie and the diversity therein. 

    These opportunities are offered in the form of our four-year bachelor's degree, five-year combined Science/Education degree and the two-year after degree.

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