When interested SHADs have submitted their applications for the internship program, SHAD coordinates with the ‘hiring’ organizations and companies. We ask that students not interact directly with those organizations unless they have been specifically advised by SHAD to do so. The process is then:
SHAD sends each internship provider a number of resumes (called a ‘shortlist’) of potential SHAD candidates in their area.
The organizations contact students directly to arrange interviews. Most organizations are unable to meet with every candidate on their shortlist. As in any hiring process, they interview candidates whose skills, backgrounds and interests match their requirements.
Some interviews begin in mid-March, with the selection process taking some time to complete.
Students may receive confirmation as early as mid-April, but some organizations may not make their decisions until June, as they're considering possible projects, employee vacations, number of students to select, and more. It’s important for students to be patient throughout the process.
Selections are confirmed through the SHAD main office. Students are contacted with any offers and SHAD confirms acceptances back to the organization. The student and ‘hiring’ organization then coordinate details such as hours of work, supervisor's coordinates, etc. with each other directly.
Once a student has accepted a summer internship, they cannot attend interviews with any other organizations.
A signed liability waiver from a parent or guardian will be required for students accepting an internship position.
SHAD strives to keep all parties informed of progress throughout the process. If you have any questions regarding volunteer internships, please contact Erin McClure, Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement Coordinator, at (519) 884-8844 x 224.
If you obtain an internship:
Organizations look forward to introducing their SHAD participants to their company, and count on them to be productive in whatever they are assigned to complete. Students should be ready for the range and scope of opportunities the placement offers, and the career options introduced. The summer internship is a chance to see real-world problems solved in a real-time environment; in many cases the SHADs will be doing the solving. The goal for each SHAD is to contribute to the success of the internship provider.
Good communication skills are vital in the internship. Organizations expect students to ask questions during the summer internship when they need help. Friendly communication, an eagerness to learn, enthusiasm for the tasks assigned, and the self-confidence to try new things will create an enriching experience. There is sometimes the possibility of future employment, which is an optimal outcome for both parties. Organizations put significant effort into accommodating and hosting the SHAD internship, so students should remember to be respectful and considerate in all interactions.
Further internship tips will be provided in July for those who secure placements.