Western students are in the workplace.
Nearly every program at Western includes the opportunity to pursue an optional work experience or a mandatory work term. There are many reasons to consider making work integrated learning part of your student experience.
Why Work Integrated Learning (WIL)?
Your learning experience. Take the skills and knowledge you are developing and apply it in the workplace through an internship, co-op, or practicum. Not only is it a chance to bring your learning to life through hands-on experience, but research shows that participating in a work term has a positive impact on students’ grades when they return to their studies.
Your resume. Don’t wait until you graduate to start building your resume. Participate in a co-op, internship, or practicum and add real-world skills and experiences to your resume. Connect with one of the more than 8000 employers that recruit at Western and build your resume while you complete your degree.
Your future. Work-integrated learning is a great way to explore career paths, build a professional network, gain interview experience, and get a head start on your career. New graduate surveys indicate that graduates with work experience earn more than their peers and have higher employment rates.
participated in work experiences
$33,150 - $49,134
placements have doubled in the last 5 years
Discover Your Options
Work integrated learning opportunities are available in more than 45 undergraduate and graduate programs at Western.
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Getting Started: Featured Online Resources
Western offers free access to the following online resources. Visit CompleteStudent to explore online modules on career and job search skills, developing a resume, and interview skills. Take an online course through Lynda.com to gain a competitive edge before your work placement. Practice your interview skills through InterviewStream to receive feedback before you meet with prospective employers.