Community Involvement

Getting involved in your community by joining a group/organization, volunteering or doing an internship will help develop experience to highlight in your resume and cover letter, provide you with good examples to use in interviews, and provide valuable networking and job search opportunities. There are many university societies and community organizations that want and need volunteers.

Volunteer

Being an active member in the university and the local community is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience, build your skills, realize interests and career goals. This experience also provides great networking opportunities and can lead to employment opportunities.

A Volunteer Career Fair is held at UNB in the Fall where local organizations recruit volunteers and explain their services.

Internships

There are also many types of internships (those that happen while in school, some that happen after graduation, can range in time from a few months to more than a year, and can be local or international). Internships allow students to explore careers, to develop employability skills and to make important contacts for job searches after graduation. Internships may or may not be paid for fully by the host organization. Skill level and year of study for internship opportunities range from first year to post graduate.

Generally, internships are organized by the federal government or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). NGOs often involve more professional (office-type) jobs. All internships include pre (orientation) and post (reintegration) training sessions which are not part of an academic program.

UNB does offer internship programs in selected departments. For more information, check out your faculty website.

Volunteer Exchange Internships are normally unpaid and may be within Canada , North America , or overseas. You often organize your own transportation, accommodation, and food while you are volunteering. The organization determines the project you will be working on and the length of stay can be anywhere from 1 week to 2 years

International Internship are  a great way to meet new people, have an adventure, travel, experience another culture, learn new skills, explore your options before settling into a career, break into the international job market, and network with possible future employers.

Other Resources

For more information on community involvement, volunteering, and/or internships, check out the Job Bank, check out the External Resources, or book a one-on-one consultation with the employment advisor.