Information for Students

Why Participate in AWE

Participating in Arts Work Experience gives you the opportunity to: 

  • Apply the skills that you learn at University in a workplace setting
  • Gain invaluable experience and contacts in your future profession
  • Develop interpersonal and professional skills 
  • Explore and evaluate future employment opportunities
  • Earn an income
  • Bring a hands-on “real world” perspective back your academics
  • Maintain your full-time student status for scholarship and loan repayment while on a work term

AWE offers comprehensive and ongoing career education to enhance your job search skills

  • Career education workshops
  • One-on-One career coaching with your Work Experience Coordinator
  • Resume and cover letter feedback and support
  • Mock interviews
  • Career advising
  • LinkedIn profile reviews
  • Learn how to propose your own work experience opportunity

What AWE Alumni have said about their experience:
"I was able to test-drive a possible career path and get a head-start financially before graduation.”

“I not only received the practical skills I needed to be successful in future jobs, I discovered a career that I am passionate about and can pursue after I graduate.”

“[I had] a safe environment to develop skills related to my degree. In my internship, I had lots of opportunities to go beyond my comfort zone and expand my skills and experiences, but I always felt supported when doing so.”

“The confidence in an interview is huge! I interviewed for jobs that I didn't get but I learned something from each experience. I also learned that my degree can take me in unconventional directions.”

“The main difference is that AWE work terms encourage students to develop personal goals, achieve them, and reflect on their experiences. Regular jobs don't make this process explicit, so students might not gain as much from those experiences."