Field Placement & Co-op
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)
Work-integrated learning is a pedagogical practice whereby students come to learn from the integration of experiences in educational and workplace settings (Billet, 2009). Work-integrated learning includes experiential learning opportunities like systematic training (apprenticeships) and structured work experience (work placement, co-op, internship, clinical).
At Humber, these experiences are coordinated within the Academic Faculties. Academic programs of study may require a different number of hours to be completed and be scheduled at a particular time of year.
If you are interested in hosting a student in your organization, please contact the Academic Faculty that best suits your needs.
Please see the "Academic Faculty Contacts" below for a list of our Academic Faculties, their academic programs of study, and contact details.
Benefits of Work-Integrated Learning
- Practical experience
- Applied learning
- Skill/professional development
- Career exploration
- An edge in the job market
- Enhanced transition into the workplace
- Future career success
- Personal growth
- Awareness of self
- Access to high-quality students for temporary employment
- Students bring new ideas and innovation to work projects
- Access to current theoretical knowledge and resources
- Development of the employer's coaching and leadership skills
- Reinforces previous education and training
- Increased community engagement
- Increased communication with government and industry
- Opportunities for curriculum enhancement with applied content
- Enhanced student education, satisfaction and engagement
- Enhanced student recruitment
- Development and maintenance of a positive reputation
- Application of theoretical knowledge to the workplace
- Opportunities for evaluation
- Improved employee morale
- Opportunities for recruitment of strong "work-ready" graduates
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. (2016, p.15). A Practical Guide for Work-integrated Learning.
Not all programs have a work-integrated learning requirement built into the curriculum. Contact the Academic Faculty of interest to see if your employment opportunity is a fit. Click the following links to view the Academic Faculty contacts. For assistance finding the right contact, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Innovative Learning
Website: Liberal Arts & Sciences
Billett, S, (2009). Realising the educational worth of integrating work experiences in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 34(7), 827-843.
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. (2016). A Practical Guide for Work-integrated Learning. Toronto: ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario.