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Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning


Welcome to the World of Work Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a formalized partnership between a student, their academic institution, and an organization. At VIU, this partnership is facilitated by the Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL), and it involves a process in which students apply their academic knowledge within a workplace setting. As you continue reading, you will learn more about the benefits of WIL for both students and employers, how you can get involved in WIL, and discover captivating stories from past WIL participants. We hope you find the information you're looking for, and if you leave with questions unanswered, please contact us

Danielle Johnsrude, Director, Centre for Experiential Learning and Student Engagement


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



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Discover how you can add an internship to your program, and bridge your passions and academic knowledge through meaningful work 

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