How nonprofit organizations can make internships successful and meaningful for summer students

Jun 05 2017

How nonprofit organizations can make internships successful and meaningful for summer students

 Is there a shiny new face in your office this spring? If you have an intern or co-op student working for you this summer, read on to find out how to make the most of the experience. If you don’t have an intern or summer student working for your organization, by the time you’ve finished reading this article, you might wish you did!

Canada is home to more than a million university students, about half of whom, according to the Canadian University Survey Consortium, participate in “experiential learning” such as co-op placements, internships and service learning as part of their education. Enrollment in co-op programs at universities jumped from 53,000 students in 2006 to 65,000 students in 2013. At the same time, students and recent graduates struggle to find summer jobs and work in their field.

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