University of Calgary Centre for International Students and Study Abroad (CISSA)
CISSA offers many information sessions and resources to assist students who wish to work or study abroad, or who are foreign students enrolled at the University of Calgary. Visit their website or meet in person for any information pertaining to foreign opportunities, or for information regarding the Co-op and Internship work permits for our International Students.
International Co-op Students
As an international student at the University of Calgary, to work abroad a few extra steps are required. The most important of which is obtaining a Co-op and Internship work permits. This is a free application but does require that you attend a free session offered through CISSA
There is also a differential fee which must be paid at the same time as your tuition and general fees. If your immigration status changes, proof of your new status must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline for fees of the current session in order to change or drop the differential fee.
While most Co-op opportunities are local, in that the vast majority is Albertan, with numerous opportunities available in other provinces, there are many exciting international opportunities available as well. As Co-op and Internship work terms may be back to back, a student may go abroad for anywhere from four or eight months to an entire year! Students are encouraged to research these positions six to nine months beforehand and to discuss such opportunities with their Coordinator. International opportunities are oft unpaid, however, there are many stipends or grants available to offset costs and offer financial support. Read below to see some of our specific programs offered at the University of Calgary!
- Alberta Saxony Internship Program
The Alberta Saxony Internship Program is an opportunity for Alberta students to work in the Saxony region of Germany for three and a half months. Placements will be with corporations, not-for-profit agencies, universities and small businesses in the areas of health, energy, environment and economic development. In addition, students will also participate in a cultural program, including language courses. The internship is open to current UofC students or recent graduates from all Faculties and programs, who are Alberta residents and who have completed at least fifteen courses in good academic standing. German language skills are preferred, but not required and language training is provided..
- Alberta Smithsonian Internship Program (ASIP)
The Government of Alberta and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., collaborated in 2006 to jointly sponsor and launch ASIP . This unique program enables students enrolled in a degree program at any post-secondary institution in Alberta to study and work alongside recognized scholars, scientists, and educators in a variety of disciplines, either at the institution itself or at one of its affiliated sites elsewhere in the world such as New York, Alaska, Florida, and Panama. Some of the thematic areas for internships are in the disciplines of Art & Design, Business, Fine Arts, History & Culture, Music and Science & Technology. For a list of possible internships, further details about the program, and an application form, visit their website .
- The Canada-Japan Co-op and Internship Program
The Canada-Japan Co-op Program is a Canadian university-/college-based international Co-op & Internship program that link some of the best undergraduate engineering, science, business and arts students with highly committed Japanese businesses. Click here to view their brochure.
- The Washington Center
The world-renowned Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, D.C., offers Albertan post-secondary undergraduate and graduate students an important edge in the competition for future professional employment and admission to graduate and professional schools, while earning credit towards their degree. Substantial funding for these internships is available to Albertan Residents..
AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organization and is the international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential to have a positive impact on society. In partnership with business and higher education, AIESEC Canada provides students with leadership experiences and global internships. The internship program has four streams: management, development, technical and educational. Internships are for two to eighteen months. A sponsorship of $300.00 is available to students to help cover the cost of the AIESEC exchange fee.
- Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
The Department provides international Co-op and Internship opportunities to Canadian citizens in twenty countries over the world.
- Students without Borders (SWB)
Students without Borders (SWB) offers internships in developing countries in a variety of fields. Placements are offered every semester and are updated regularly. Most positions are volunteer-based.