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A Guide to Interning Abroad in Canada

Since Canada is one of the world’s largest economies and trading nations, it is seen as one of the top locations for internships abroad. Known for its dedication to providing generous benefits to its workforce, interns will be treated well during their internship in Canada, not to mention they will have the chance to explore miles upon miles of varied landscapes and natural beauty. Those who decide to intern in Canada can’t go wrong, as the country perfectly combines the opportunities for professional development  in a conducive work environment with out of the office fun.


Canada is the world’s second-largest country, composed of ten separate provinces. Due to the high level of autonomy between these provinces, internship programs in Canada and the benefits they provide may differ from one province to another and from one city to the next. Generally, the three most popular cities for internships in Canada are Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa. 

Vancouver is home to a number of internship placements that accommodate thousands of interns from across the globe each year. Consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world, there is a high quality of life that awaits those who decide to intern in Vancouver. The most common type of internships in Vancouver are in accounting, engineering, hospitality, media, and information technology.

Toronto. The most popular internship placements in Toronto are in the arts, information technology, architecture, and finance. Toronto houses some of the most prominent media companies in the country; hence, it is a great place for aspiring journalists and broadcasters to start their career. Also, as a very competitive business city, Toronto offers staunch training for interns in the corporate field. Out of the office, there are amusement parks, recreation areas, and beaches that interns will surely enjoy too.

Ottawa. Internships in the Ottawa are exceptional because of the balanced urban and rural development the city offers. As the capital city of Canada, Ottawa has the reputation of being the cleanest and one of the most liveable cities in the country, and it also happens to boast a rather low unemployment rate. While urban internships focus on finance and information technology, rural internship opportunities often surround agriculture.

Internships in Canada

There are a handful of internship placements in Canada in nearly every field, making it an excellent place to intern abroad. Interns with work experience in the field in which they are applying will be at an advantage, as some companies, especially the large ones, require interns to have basic experience. Canada is a great place to intern abroad in large corporations, given the country has good business market and a continuously developing economy. Business internships in Canada usually encompass placements as marketing researchers, sales representatives, and advertising enthusiasts.

Canada’s rich economy is backed up by its technology sector, which also offers strategic opportunities for programmers, web developers, and technology-savvy individuals to intern in Canada. Many of technology internships give interns the chance to “learn and earn” at the same time, multiplying the benefits of interning abroad. 

Architecture and engineering internships are also available in almost all cities in Canada. However, each city adopts a unique approach when it comes to both architecture and engineering, because of the varying climate and geography. Luckily, this means interns may choose which design approach or technique best compliments their interests or expertise.

Canada is also a great choice for tourism internships abroad. There are a variety of businesses that offer tourism internships in Canada, but most commonly opportunities are available in hotels, restaurants, and ski resorts. Tourism internships will help interns enhance their skills in organizational development and event organizing.

Internships in Canada usually last for six months to one year, but the length varies depending on the field and the requirement of each host company. Interns are usually expected to work for 20 to 40 hours per week.

Salary & Costs

The massive land and varying climate and geography affect the cost of living in one city from the other in Canada. Apartment rental, prices of utilities, grocery store prices, cost of eating out, and transportation fares will be different depending on where you decide to intern in Canada.

In a large city, the rent for a one-room apartment might range from $800 to $1500 per month. Rent costs, however, are cheaper in smaller cities, ranging between $700 and $900 per month for a one-room apartment. Meanwhile, the cost of utilities, such as water, gas, and electricity, is around $150 per month on average.

Interns will need to budget about $200 to $300 per month for groceries. The cost of a typical fast food meal is between $4 and $6, while dinner in an average restaurant will cost is a bit more, at about $10 to $25 per person, However, when it comes to bus fare, the costs are minimal; it is usually easy to get from one side of a city to the other for about $3. 

For those interns that are able to land paid internships in Canada, the above expenses will be no program. Compensation for internships in Canada ranges from $300 to $500 per week. Also, some companies offer free meals and accommodation, on top of monetary compensation. Hence, it is safe to say that interns can live well during a paid internship in Canada.

Accommodation & Visas

There are apartments for rent in all parts of Canada that are affordable for interns on an average salary. There are some companies, however, that will arrange accommodation for all interns so they will not have to look for a place to rent, as mentioned above.

Those who wish to intern in Canada will have to obtain a working permit and a study permit; the study permit is a prerequisite to acquiring a working permit if the internship will benefit the academic, vocational, and professional training program of the intern. For this type of internship in Canada, placements are typically provided by specific academic institutions. Paid internships in Canada also require interns to obtain a social insurance number.

Internships in Canada are relatively easy to achieve from a legal, immigration standpoint. The work permit process is not too stringent. Also, most companies and institutions are magnanimous enough to accommodate interns from across the globe and provide them with the visa assistance they need to intern in Canada successfully.

GoAbroad's Insider Tips

There are a few challenges that interns may encounter during their internship program in Canada, such as a very bilingual population (in some regions), which speaks both English and French. Interns should be sure they know which language is most commonly spoken in the city they wish you intern in before applying.

The high cost of living in larger cities may not be manageable for those who obtain unpaid internships in Canada. So interns should be sure to accurately judge their budget before accepting such positions.

The varying climate across the country should also be considered when selecting an internship program in Canada, as some areas can have very harsh winters.

Interning abroad in Canada is ultimately a worthy decision, because of the nation’s many respectable companies and institutions that over exemplary internship programs. Since Canada is well-renowned business center, interns will surely have first-rate job experience to take home with them. Not to mention, they will have access to many amenities, resources, and unique things to do outside the workplace.

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