Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Our students must complete a 14-week paid Work Placement during the Summer between the third and fourth years. Students take the “Business Career Development” course during the fifth semester, which will prepare them for Summer Work Placement, and guide them through the process of applying and interviewing for jobs. The following are some of the positions our students held during the 14-week paid Work Placement:

  • Communications & Analyst Specialist
  • Content Marketing Coordinator
  • Content Manager, Content Strategy Manager, Technical Writer
  • Digital Technologist
  • Digital Business Developer
  • Digital Marketing Manager, Digital Marketing Coordinator
  • Digital Marketing Strategy Assistance Internship
  • Digital Marketing B2B Social Media Marketing Intern
  • Digital Communications Manager
  • Digital Community Manager
  • Digital Content Creator
  • Digital Customer Experience Coordinator
  • e-Business Coordinator
  • eCommerce Assistant, eCommerce Merchandising Coordinator
  • eCommerce Manager
  • Market Research Coordinator
  • Marketing Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Marketing & Communications Assistant
  • Marketing & Graphic Design Intern
  • Media Assistant
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Product Support Specialist (Shopify)
  • Product Management Co-op/Internship
  • Project Coordinator
  • Proposal Management Summer Intern
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales & Marketing Coordinator
  • Social Media Community Manager / intern
  • Social Media Strategist & Content Creator
  • Social Media Marketing Strategist/ intern
  • Supply Chain Assistant
  • Web Designer, Web Developer, Webmaster
  • Web Manager Assistant

Visit the Work-Integrated Learning website for more information.

Experiences

Meet some of our students who have completed their work placement.

Lubnaa Aamirah (LinkedIn)

“Working as a Digital Marketing Assistant with First Year Experience has been a rewarding and dynamic experience. In this role, I was responsible for supporting the execution of digital marketing campaigns and initiatives. This might involve tasks such as conducting market research, creating social media content, writing blog posts or email newsletters, analyzing website traffic data, and coordinating with other members of the marketing team. The digital marketing industry is constantly evolving with emerging trends everyday. Throughout my co-op I gained a strong understanding of digital marketing tools and tactics like SEO, content writing, data analysis, web/content design, and social media. My experience was all the more enriching as I worked collaboratively with a team of extremely talented and creative professionals. Through my experience, I discovered that data analytics is my true passion. Being actively involved in collecting data from social media insights has opened up new possibilities in my career, and I am thrilled to pursue them.”

Tabassum Mili Hawlader (LinkedIn)

Job Title: Proposal Management (Summer Intern Associate)

Company: RBC Investor and Treasury Services (RBC I&TS)

Highlights of Placement:

  • Skills learned: Working on the proposal management team helped me develop valuable skills in the financial industry and across professional environments. These include project management, stakeholder management, research and analysis, communication and presentation skills, and attention to detail. I learned how to work with proposal management, RFP response software, and MS Office software (in a corporate setting).
  • Industry insights: I gained valuable insights into the financial industry and how it operates. I learned about the various types of financial products and services RBC offers, as well as how these are marketed and sold to prospective clients (B2B). I also learned about the regulatory landscape, how this impacts the industry, and the broader economic trends and market forces that affect the financial sector.
  • Self-discovery: I also discovered new things about myself professionally. I learned that I enjoy project-based work and working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. I also identified areas for improvement, such as refining my time management skills when collaborating with professionals across the business.

Overall, my experience at RBC has helped me make more informed decisions about my career path and future goals.

Blenda Runebjörk (LinkedIn):

“I commenced my search for a placement in the fall prior by reaching out to personal contacts including family and friends, their contacts and people I had networked with. It seemed like I had plenty of options and would be set for the summer but I kept my eye out as no prospective employer had given me an official offer. I spent the spring working part time for one of the prospective placements, again keeping my eye out for other opportunities. As it turned out my contacts were unable to meet my placement requirements, either due to a lack of funds available for a reasonable pay, or due to a lack of work to fill the hours required. I ended up finding a placement through the Blackboard job ads sent by the placement adviser which not only met my requirements and personal objectives by went beyond my expectations. I had an amazing learning experience and ended up with a mentor I still keep in contact with. What I learned from the job search experience is that you can never take anything for granted and until you have something in writing you need to keep looking for other opportunities.”

Kyle Greiner