Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning

Gain work experience related to your interests

Develop your skills while gaining career experience related to your field of study or interests. Participation in Work Integrated Learning programs will help you make connections between academics and on-the-job experiences.

Job Shadow

Women in leadership job shadow program.

The Young Women in Leadership Job Shadow Program

The Young Women in Leadership Job Shadow is a new program that aims to provide McMaster students with an opportunity to shadow an experienced industry leader. It has been developed to create the space for young women to have career conversations and seek advice from women leaders who have achieved career success.

What is a Job Shadow?

Typically short-term (1 – 2 days in length), job shadowing is a useful way to learn about a particular job of interest. It provides a snapshot of a day in the life of a job and can reveal inside information about a particular occupation or company. As a student participating in a job shadow, you can expect to observe and learn about everyday business operations as you follow around a career professional. Within a job shadow, there are often opportunities to ask questions through a formal informational interview (we will help you prepare for this!) or following your observations.

How to Get Started:

This Reading Week, take your learning outside of the classroom and learn about a particular career while gaining some firsthand experience. Job shadows will take place from February 20-23, 2018 and registration is on OSCARplus.

These are the available job shadows for February 2018:

  • BioScript Solutions, Director of Operations, Specialty Patient Programs
  • Canadian Cancer Society, Senior Manager, Run for the Cure Fundraising
  • City of Brampton, Director, Human Resources
  • City of Hamilton, Human Services Manager, Employment (Ontario Works)
  • City of Hamilton, Manager, Landscape Architectural Services
  • City of Hamilton, Ward 7 Councillor
  • City of Mississauga, Ward 3 Councillor
  • City of Vaughan, Manager, Special Projects
  • Complete Wellness Clinic, Owner/Chiropractor
  • Connected Lab, VP Operations
  • The Generator, Owner
  • Gilmore Lodge, Resident Community Program Manager
  • KIP Sleepwear, Founder & CEO
  • McMaster University, Digital Pedagogy  Specialist & Journalism Professor
  • McMaster University, Marketing  & Communications Manager
  • McMaster University, University Librarian – Mills Library
  • Mohawk College, Manager of Campus Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Oakville Fire Department, Deputy Fire Chief
  • RBC, Branch Manager/Advisor
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara – Provincial Offences Court, Supervisor, Court Administrations
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara – Public Health, Manager, Dental Program
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara – Upper Canada Lodge, Administrator of Long term Care Home
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Associate Director, Budget Planning & Strategy
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Business Improvement Manager
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Development Engineer
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Director of Resident Care
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Manager, Social Assistance & Employment Opportunities
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Project Manager – Buildings
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Supervisor, Community Services – Social Assistance & Employment
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Supervisor, Social Assistance & Employment Opportunities
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara, Water and Wastewater Engineering – Senior Project Manager
  • Scotiabank, Senior Recruitment Consultant

Steps to Register on OSCARplus:

  1. Click Events on left side menu
  2. Click SSC Sessions & Workshops Calendar on left side menu
  3. Select February 20 and click “Professional Development Young Women in Leadership: Job Shadow Program
  4. Click “Register for this Event”
  5. Complete the Contact Information and Application Information
  6. Select the positions you would like to job shadow then scroll to bottom and click “Next”
  7. Review your Application Information and selections
  8. Click “Checkout Order”

Roundtable discussion.

Job Shadows On-Demand

Did you know that 84% of potential Canadian employers expect you to have three years of experience for entry-level jobs? We know this expectation is high, especially when you’ve got academics and other commitments to worry about.

We can help you get that first step in the door with our Job Shadow services. Many employers in our network accept students for job shadow experiences throughout the year.  We can facilitate those connections or if we don’t have a contact from your career or industry of interest, we can help you find the right fit for you. Start building experience one small step at a time, it all adds up and it all counts.

I found the Career Field Externship to be an extremely enriching experience. I attended a 2 day program at Metroland Digital Media, and I was introduced to a lot of new marketing concepts which really expanded and revitalized my understanding of the field. Exploring areas of digital and print marketing, I was able to integrate the knowledge I had attained through school to apply them in real world problems. Perfectly combining sales trips and with in-office analytics, I was able to get the exposure of a marketing analyst and a sales team leader. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a great work experience.

Career Field Externship Participant

Student and Experience e-Development Program (SEED)

SEED Program. Enhance your employment skills and build your resume this summer.

Gain relevant skills for your resume

Gain relevant skills for the job market by participating in the SEED program. SEED gives you direct access to mentors who can help you advance your career or unlock your interests. We match you with a mentor from your preferred industry to ensure you have the best experience possible.

How it works: To complete the SEED program, you must commit 1-1.5 hours each month to work through our four core themes. Each theme has an activity and skills assessment that you will discuss with an industry mentor. If you complete the program, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use on your resume.

Canadian Experience Program

Join the Canadian Experience and Skills Development Program and learn to succeed in the Canadian workforce - Open to International and English-As-An-Additional language students.

Are you interested in working in the Canadian job market?

The Canadian Experience Program offers a pathway for students to explore their career readiness in the Canadian workplace.  Students participating in the program can build the skills and experiences that employers are looking for in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Special attention will be given to the value of your international experiences outside Canada and help you integrate these experiences into your career planning. The program includes the completion of 3 modules offering various opportunities throughout the academic year (September 2016 – April 2017) to bolster your career confidence.

Participate to:

Gain confidence speaking about your unique skills, including the benefits of being an international student

Write a resume that appeals to Canadian employers

Receive mentorship from alumni in the workplace

Build your knowledge and experience by visiting a workplace

Experience 2 days of career-related experience

Get feedback on your English writing and speaking skills for the workplace

Program Modules

Community Engagement and Volunteer Fair

Community Engagement & Volunteer Fair

Tuesday, October, 3, 2017


Looking to build your Canadian work experience?  Paid work is not the only way to get career-related experience. Consider volunteering.  The benefits include:

  • Developing transferable skills
  • Gaining work experience
  • Exploring career option
  • Earning a reference
  • Improving your resume

Photo of students volunteering.

Volunteer Connections (Supplementary)


Volunteering is an opportunity to gain skills and experience beyond the classroom for your career while helping organizations reach their goals and build better communities.

Join the Canadian Experience and Skills Development Program and learn to succeed in the Canadian workforce - Open to International and English-As-An-Additional language students.

International Student Services Job Shadow

February 2017

Spend a day in a work place gaining first-hand experience. Learn about employability skills and receive industry-specific information while expanding your professional networks.

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Connect with professionals who are ready to talk to you about your field and how to reach your career goals! Ask industry-specific questions, build your network, and receive advice.  To set up this conversation, go to Alumni & Partners Advisor Network (APAN) online to find 2 professionals with whom you would like to talk.  APAN will help set up a 30-minute conference call with each of them.


Resume Critique (Supplementary)


Your resume is often the first contact an employer has with you, so it needs to be carefully written and critiqued.  A resume is a summary of all your skills (paid and unpaid), abilities and accomplishments from a global and Canadian perspective that demonstrates your unique qualifications to a potential employer.

Join the Canadian Experience and Skills Development Program and learn to succeed in the Canadian workforce - Open to International and English-As-An-Additional language students.

Job Readiness Bootcamp

To Be Determined

You’ve done a lot to prepare for your career this year!  Job shadow, mentorship, volunteering—all completed!  You’ve built confidence that you have unique skills and experiences that employers are looking for: internationalization, additional languages and perspectives, global networks.  You are almost ready!  International Student Services will be hosting a full-day job readiness workshop for undergraduate international students with lunch provided to those registered.

The workshop is geared to help undergraduate students practice and understand the skills needed to obtain a job in Canada, and is excellent preparation for the Connect to Careers Job Fair. Events during the day will include a session on experiential learning, and workshop groups focused on cover letters, resume building, interview preparation, and knowing your rights as an international worker in Canada.

Career Field Externship.

Career Field Externship

May 2017

You are ready to practice being on the job!  Spend 2 to 3 days in a professional setting establishing or building upon career goals, gaining practical work-related experience, and apply knowledge in a career field of interest.

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Whether you are preparing for an upcoming interview, looking to increase your confidence or seeking feedback on your interview style, we are pleased to offer McMaster students and alumni access to InterviewStream, an online interview-practice tool.  InterviewStream can give you an edge!  After completing the interview, book an appointment with a Career Advisor for feedback.

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Connect to Careers Job Fair (Supplementary)

To Be Determined

This event is your opportunity to network with potential employers, explore career options and employment opportunities. Employers are recruiting for full time, part time, co-op and summer positions. You will obtain information from employers on educational and job requirements, industry trends and growth.

Admission is FREE for all job seekers. Students and alumni of the participating institutions (McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College), please bring your student card for attendance tracking at the event.

Join the Canadian Experience and Skills Development Program and learn to succeed in the Canadian workforce - Open to International and English-As-An-Additional language students.

Now What? Webinar

May 2017

Attend Now What? session hosted by the organizers of the Canadian Experience Program to reflect and assess the experiences of the CEP and introduce activities and plans for the following academic year. Webinar to include a comprehensive Q&A session.


Take a personalized approach to your career path with our Work Integrated Learning Appointments.

  • Map out your career path
  • Apply and participate in opportunities
  • Make the right connections

Do you already have experience? Book a Now What Appointment to find out what you can do with your job shadow, career field, or summer job experiences.

  • Craft how you share your experiences on your resume
  • Create an action plan
  • Apply what you’ve learned