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 Schools. 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 School that best suits your needs.

Please see the "Academic School Contacts" below for a list of our Academic Schools, their academic programs of study, and contact details.

Benefits of Work-Integrated Learning

Students

  • Practical experience
  • Applied learning
  • Skill/professional development
  • Networking
  • Career exploration
  • An edge in the job market
  • Enhanced transition into the workplace
  • Future career success
  • Personal growth
  • Awareness of self

Supervisor/Employer

  • 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

Academic Institution

  • 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

Worksite

  • 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.

Academic School Contacts

Not all programs have a work-integrated learning requirement built into the curriculum. Contact the Academic School of interest to see if your employment opportunity is a fit.

Click the following links to view the Academic School contacts. For assistance finding the right contact, email careers@humber.ca.

School of Applied Technology

Website: Work-Integrated Learning

Email: WorkAppliedTechnology@humber.ca

Main: 416-675-6622 ext.5517

Click here for a list of programs

The Business School

Website: The Placement Centre

Email: BusinessSchoolPlacementCentre@humber.ca

Main: 416-675-6622 ext.3662

Click here for a list of programs

School of Creative & Performing Arts

Website: School of Creative & Performing Arts

Click here for a list of programs

School of Health Sciences

Website: School of Health Sciences

Sandra Filice, RN, BAAN, MEd, PhD student
Director, Office of Experiential Learning
Email: sandra.filice@humber.ca

Click here for a list of programs

School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism

Website: Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Internship

Main: 416-675-6622 ext.5012

Click here for a list of programs

School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

School of Media Studies & Information Technology

Website: Media Studies & Information Technology

Email: MediaInterns@humber.ca

Click here for a list of programs

School of Social & Community Services

Website: Social & Community Services

Click here for a list of programs

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.

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