Employer Information about Internship and Work Experience Programs

Co-op and internship programs at the U of A continue to operate and welcome participation and job posting submissions for student recruitment in 2022. All co-op and internships programs at the U of A are making adjustments to ensure the best outcomes for students and employers.

Accessibility Work Experience Program (AWEP)

This program is funded by the Government of Canada's Opportunities Fund for Persons with DisabilitiesReceive a wage subsidy between $12.50/hour and $15/hour for a four-to-six-month position to be filled by U of A students or alumni with disabilities who are seeking positions that align with their level of education and experience. The wage subsidy amount is based on the type of position and appropriate salary level; the wage subsidy can cover up to 80% of a participant’s wage with the expectation that employers will top-up this amount. 


These positions will support your organization by:

  • Creating a culture of inclusion
  • Increasing your organizational reputation
  • Elevating your degree of organizational citizenship

The Career Centre will provide you with ongoing coaching and support to help increase your company’s capacity to integrate employees with disabilities into the workplace.

Position Guidelines

To help students/alumni develop meaningful employable skills and professional networks, positions must meet the following guidelines:

  • Provide quality work experience that will develop the participants’ skills and provide professional development opportunities.
  • Be no longer than 26 weeks.
    • We are currently recruiting for both full- and part-time positions.
  • Pay a salary appropriate to the type of position.
    • The wage subsidy ranges from $12.50 - $15/hour with the expectation that employers will top-up this amount - we can subsidize up to 80% of a participant's wage.
  • Pay all Mandatory Employment-Related Costs.
  • Identify a supervisor for the participant who will agree to support the intern (e.g. provide time during or away from work) in developing employable skills, build their professional network and complete the requirements of the internship (see below for details).

We are currently accepting employer applications for fall 2021 and winter 2022 AWEP positions. Funding for AWEP is scheduled to end March 31, 2022. If the funding is extended beyond this date, we will update the website and accept applications for spring/summer 2022 AWEP positions.


For more information about the Accessibility Work Experience Program, contact Karen Unger, Program Coordinator at awep@ualberta.ca.

Please sign up here if you would like to receive additional information about the program, or to receive notifications when jobs are posted with the AWEP.

ALES Mini-Internship Program (ASMIP)

The ALES Mini-Internship Program matches students with a community-based farm or other Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Science organization for a 3-day workplace visit over Reading Week.

We are currently recruiting farm sites and other Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Science organizations across Alberta to host students.

Hosting students provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Provide new professionals with the support you had (or wished you had) when you first started working.
  • Contribute to the education and development of new professionals in your field.
  • Create awareness about career opportunities in your field.

For interests in becoming a host, contact Frank Robinson at frank.robinson@ualberta.ca.

Arts Work Experience (AWE)

Learn more about the Arts Work Experience (AWE) program.

Call 780-492-3462 or email ArtsWorksCC@ualberta.ca with questions or for assistance in posting an internship opportunity.

Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP)

The Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP) provides flexible paid work experience opportunities for UAlberta graduate students. Interdisciplinary work placements are available throughout the year, allowing graduate students to strengthen their professional and transferable skills. 

The GSIP includes the Sustainability Scholars Program and the Public Service Graduate Internships with the Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC), Edmonton Region.

Up to $5,000 in matching funding per placement is available for employers to hire an intern for up to 400 hours based on a wage of $25/hour.

Internship placements vary based on the needs of employers and students. Applications are ongoing. 

Call 780-492-1869 or email GSIP@ualberta.ca with questions or to post an internship opportunity.

International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP)

Each summer the International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP) accepts applications from employers looking to hire a student and have that position supplemented under the ISWEP. Approved positions are reimbursed a wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of $4000/position.

Application process and criteria 
Positions must be located within the greater Edmonton, Alberta area. All applications are reviewed and ranked by a selection committee based on a number of factors including quality of work experience, hourly salary, number of weeks and hours per week offered. Employers will be notified of the status of their application(s) in March. Successful applicants will be provided with further recruiting and administrative information.

Applications should include as much detail as possible about the position summary, duties and career-related skill information. Preference may be given to those departments and/or positions that have not received funding in the past.

Please submit your employer application online by Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

Call 780-492-3462 or email iswep.questions@ualberta.ca with questions or for assistance in posting an internship opportunity.

Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program (NPBSIP)


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