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VST410: Internship in Visual Studies

This guide offers information about the UTM Department of Visual Studies internship course.

Securing An Internship

In the months prior to the course commencing in January, you will work closely with the co-ordinator to secure an internship. Ideally, internships should be formally secured by December 1. It is more challenging to secure internships during the month of December (remember, UTM closes down the last two weeks in December for the holidays and many professionals take a break during this time of year). The following steps provide an overview of the process.

Step One

  1. Ensure you meet the course requirements
  2. Enroll in VST410
  3. Contact the course co-ordinator. Coordinator will contact each student late August or early September to discuss plans and steps involved.

Step Two

  1. Arrange to meet (in-person or virtual) the course co-ordinator
  2. Compile and share a list of five visual studies-related institutions or businesses, prioritized, where you would like to pursue an internship.
  3. Bring an update your resume when you meet with the co-ordinator.

Step Three

  1. Draft an introductory email to your 'first choice' from the five Employers listed.
  2. Share your DRAFT with the co-ordinator of the course.
  3. Once the co-ordinator has checked your draft to ensure all relevant information has been included and it is suitably professional in tone, you send the email to the Employer.
  4. Do NOT send off your enquiry until you have discussed it with the course co-ordinator.

Step Four

  1. If the Employer responds, set up a meeting for an interview.
  2. If the Employer does not respond, check to ensure you have the correct contact information, and then resend. A quick enquiry by phone could verify the contact information. The individual may be away or someone else might be handling the internship program. It is good to double check.
  3. If the employer does not respond (after an agreed time with the co-ordinator), contact the 2nd Employer on your list of five.
  4. Make sure you keep in contact with the co-ordinator.
  5. If you obtain an interview and they offer you the internship, there is paper work to be completed.
  6. Contact the co-ordinator to ensure all signed documentation is completed. Signed forms from the Employer need to be submitted to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
  7. You are not formally enrolled in the VST410 course until the employer has signed all the required documentation.