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Information for placement organizations

Our community partners

The UNB Fredericton Faculty of Arts internship program collaborates with local non-profit organizations and community partners, working together to provide valuable practical and pedagogical experiences for undergraduate Arts students.

Each year, our partners determine potential project proposals for the student interns to undertake, in addition to conceptualizing weekly tasks that begin with generally introducing the intern to the particular organization or partner and move towards hosting a self-directed intern who spends their time onsite researching and working on their major project.

A good internship project should address both the partner’s organizational needs and the student’s learning and professional objectives as determined by the Arts internship faculty committee at UNB.

For potential partners

If you represent a Fredericton-based non-profit organization, volunteer association, or non-corporate group and are interested in potentially hosting an undergraduate Arts student intern, the first step requires establishing:

  • A suitable onsite supervisor at your organization, who has the time and energy to guide an undergraduate-level student through what may be their first professional workplace experience. The students are expected to be self-directed, but also need to meet at least weekly with their onsite supervisors.
  • A viable major project proposal, which meets both the practical needs of your organization and the pedagogical needs of Faculty of Arts courses. In other words, while interns are expected to offer onsite support to the organization, the internships should be primarily understood as valuable learning experiences for students and are not meant to replace paid staff positions. In general, it should be possible for the intern to complete the major project in a fall term (September-December), winter term (January-April), or full-year (September-April) placement. Please note that all project proposals must be approved by the Faculty of Arts internship committee before your organization can participate in the program.
  • A licensed and insured professional workplace environment, which could provide a student intern with desk space, computer and phone access as necessary, and the resources necessary to complete the proposed major project.

See examples of intern positions with current and past partner organizations.

Additional information for our partners

Overall, student interns are expected to conduct themselves in a professional capacity while they are working with you onsite. Please keep in mind the following when you are working with, or are proposing to work with, UNB Arts undergraduate student interns:

  • Interns are expected to work 7 hours onsite per week, as scheduled by the undergraduate calendar of academic dates, which excludes the regular exam period and university holidays. Interns should work in either one 7-hour or two 3.5-hour blocks, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.
  • Onsite supervisors are expected to help guide and direct the student intern’s progress over the course of the internship, in addition to conceptualizing and monitoring the major project work. They must meet with the interns at least weekly, and help their intern fill out bi-weekly logs of upcoming internship projects, tasks, and assignments.
  • In addition to working on onsite projects for 7 hours per week, interns must also complete academic assignments as per the internship syllabi. They should therefore not exceed their weekly 7 hours onsite, so as not to compromise their academic responsibilities.
  • Each student intern is assigned a faculty supervisor at UNB, to help guide the academic component of the course.

For more information about the Faculty of Arts Internship program, please contact the Faculty of Arts internship coordinator.