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Philosophy Internship


PHIL 399 - Philosophy

 The Internship in Philosophy (PHIL 399) is offered as a 3-credit course in the spring term.  With a weekly 1.5 hour workshop and a 60-hour internship to take place as it suits the student and the employer, between mid-April and the end of August. 

The weekly workshop supports the student in building professional career tools and includes:

                      • participating in informational interviews
                      • writing a targeted resume and cover letter
                      • curating an e-portfolio website
                      • building a LinkedIn profile
                      • developing interview skills and confidence

The 60-hour internship provides opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience in the field, network in the selected industry and be mentored by an industry professional.  PHIL 399 is offered in partnership with CREW 475.


 Philosophy internships internships typically arise through networking vs. traditional job postings. If employers contact VIU with internship opportunities, the instructor or work-integrated learning (WIL) faculty will share these with the class immediately. Students may apply for these opportunities, or those they want to pursue independently, after consultation with the instructor and industry research. Internships ideally take place on the job site but can also be conducted virtually at times negotiated between the student and employer. Many internships have led to paid or unpaid part-time or full-time employment, excellent references, and an ongoing relationship fruitful for future job searches. As an ambassador of VIU and the respective programs, interns are both supported by the University and represent it. Internship is highly recommended for students who are keen to develop skills and learn on the job prior to graduation.



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