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Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning

What Is Work Integrated Learning?

Work-integrated learning is a model and process of curricular
experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a
student’s academic studies within a workplace or practice setting.
WIL experiences include an engaged partnership of at least
three stakeholders: an academic institution, a host organization
and a student. WIL can occur at the course or program level.


Add an Internship to Your Program

If you're looking to gain valuable work experience that bridges your passions, strengths, and field of study, then consider adding an internship to your VIU experience. Some programs have built in internship and co-op components. If you're unsure or know that you're ready to take your learning outside of the classroom, then click below and begin the process of adding an internship to your academic journey. 

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Benefits of an Internship

Participating in an internship has several advantages for both students and employers. These benefits are listed below, and facilitating mutually beneficial experiences for both parties is a top priority.

For Students

  • Internships allow students to ‘try-on’ a job to see if they like it. It is an opportunity to compare what they ‘think’ the job might be like compared to what it actually is
  • Students can receive mentoring, feedback, and actively apply their education
  • Through internships, students will meet numerous industry professional and grow their professional network
  • Interning students develop confidence in their abilities and recognize the value of their knowledge
  • During an internship, students will be exposed to the range of career opportunities in the field
  • After completing an internship, students will have an industry reference for future job applications

For Employers

  • Hiring a student strengthens employer-campus partnerships and exposes the partner to a diverse pool of talented applicants
  • Employers gain an influx of fresh, innovative ideas and new perspectives in the workplace
  • Hiring an intern provides an opportunity for current professionals to grow as young leaders and mentors