About the Internship 

 

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About the Internship: Overview

The internship is a 240-hour curriculum requirement that students typically complete in the summer after their third year. Students must work with a creative sector company on a full- or part-time basis. These roles may be paid, unpaid or honoraria-based. All internships must be registered in advance of the start date.

The prerequisite for the internship is CRI 600. The internship is associated with CRI 800, a fourth year required course for Creative Industries students. Students will gather information during the work placement for use in a capstone project in CRI 800.

How to Find an Internship

This site is designed to help you find a work placement and provides information, resources (including search strategies, useful search engines, lists of member associations) and access to the internship job board.

Register Your Internship

Once you have an internship lined up, login to CRIIS (the CRI Internship Software) to register your internship, input the details of your employer and upload your signed Letter of Agreement and your journal entries. All internships must be registered through CRIIS to be validated and in order to complete each required step during the internship.

About the Internship: All the Details

WHO CAN YOU WORK FOR?

+    The organization must be a creative sector organization

+    You must have a supervisor

+    You must have a place of work

+    The organization must have a minimum of 2+ full-time employees

+    The organization must be at least 2+ years old

+    The job must be somewhat varied with 2+ kinds of tasks. A role that is 100% customer service or sales, for example, does NOT qualify

+    The position must be registered and approved through CRIIS (the internship software accessible through the internship site) before you begin

WHEN IS THE INTERNSHIP? 

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO COMPLETE THE INTERNSHIP?

You are eligible to do your internship after you FINISH your 3rd year - May 1st as long as you have successfully completed the academic prerequisite, CRI600.

You may complete the internship during the summerbetween 3rd and 4th year ( full- or part-time) or during the fall semester of your 4th year (part-time). Internships must be completed by January 31st if you are enrolled in CRI800. 

CAN YOU DO MORE THAN ONE INTERNSHIP?

You are only insured/eligible to complete one unpaid/honoraria-based internship.

WHERE CAN YOU DO THE INTERNSHIP? OUTSIDE TORONTO? OUTSIDE CANADA?

You can find a position anywhere in the world, as long as the company fulfills the requirements (creative sector, 2+ years old, 2+ all time employees, etc. - see above). If you want to do an international placement, there are some additional steps you’ll need to take. Go to the International section for more info.

HOW DO I FIND AN INTERNSHIP?

Polish your resume, be ready to write a customized cover letter and then: 

  • Check out the CI Internship job board and other online job boards

  • Review the Job Searching section (this includes search strategies, useful search engines, lists of member associations and more)

  • Attend workshops Career Centre and Co-Op Centre and make one-on-one appointments with Emma Hartley, the FCAD Career Centre consultant.

  • Reach out to contacts (friends, family, people you have met through school projects and lectures, etc.) to find out if there are any opportunities.

  • And most importantly, persevere! The more tailored applications you send, the better your chances of landing a great role.

 

 

More Internship FAQ's

 

WHO:

CAN I WORK WITH FAMILY?

CAN I WORK IN RETAIL SEEING AS IT RELATES TO FASHION?

MY FRIEND IS MAKING A MOVIE. I WANT TO ASSIST HER. DOES THAT COUNT?

WHAT IF I’VE FOUND A ROLE THAT’S NOT EXACTLY MY FIELD? FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT IF MY CREATIVE CONTENT MODULES ARE MUSIC AND FILM BUT THE PLACEMENT I FOUND IS RELATED TO THEATRE. IS THAT OKAY?

WHAT:

WHAT IS CRIIS?

WHAT IS THE INTERNSHIP JOB BOARD?

I FOUND AN INTERNSHIP ON MY OWN (IT WASN’T LISTED ON THE INTERNSHIP BOARD). NOW WHAT?

WHAT DOCUMENTS NEED TO GET SIGNED?  WHERE DO I GET THESE DOCUMENTS?

WHAT IS THE MANDATORY HEALTH AND SAFETY eLEARNING MODULE?

WHAT COURSE IS THE INTERNSHIP CONNECTED TO? IS THERE A GRADE FOR MY PERFORMANCE?

WHAT DOES THE COURSE CRI 800 INVOLVE?

PAID vs.UNPAID: ARE THE INTERNSHIPS PAID OR UNPAID?

I FOUND A PAID JOB AND IT’S IN A CREATIVE INDUSTRY. CAN I USE THAT AS AN INTERNSHIP?

HOW IS A PAID INTERNSHIP DIFFERENT FROM A ‘REGULAR JOB’?

CAN I DO MORE THAN ONE UNPAID INTERNSHIP?

WHEN? ALL ABOUT TIMING:

WHEN IS THE INTERNSHIP? 

WHEN DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE INTERNSHIP?

CAN I DO MORE THAN ONE INTERNSHIP?

CAN I BEGIN MY INTERNSHIP DURING MY THIRD YEAR? HOW ABOUT IN THE SUMMER AFTER SECOND YEAR?

WHEN SHOULD I START LOOKING FOR A JOB?

HOW LONG IS THE INTERNSHIP?

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE 240 HOURS WITH ONE ORGANIZATION?

WHERE:

WHERE CAN I WORK? 

WHERE WILL I DO THE INTERNSHIP? CAN I DO THE INTERNSHIP OUTSIDE TORONTO?

WHAT’S INVOLVED IN GOING TO THE U.S. OR ABROAD FOR MY INTERNSHIP?

 

HOW? FINDING AN INTERNSHIP:

DO I NEED TO FIND MY OWN PLACEMENT?

DO MY GRADES AFFECT MY CHANCES OF GETTING AN INTERNSHIP?

HOW DO I REGISTER MY INTERNSHIP?

THERE’S A COMPANY I’D REALLY LIKE TO CONTACT BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT THIS. CAN SOMEONE HELP?

 

WHAT IF…:

I HAVE A POSITION LINED UP BUT I’VE FOUND A BETTER ONE. WHAT      SHOULD I DO?

WHAT IF THERE’S A PROBLEM AND I CAN’T COMPLETE THE PLACEMENT?

I CAN’T FIND A PLACEMENT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

WHAT IF I AM INJURED ON THE JOB?

 

WHO

Can I work with family?

You may not have a family member supervise you because you need to receive an objective performance review. We also hope the placement will help to broaden your experience as much as possible.

Can I work in retail? 

Only if you are in a management or administrative position. If you’re doing three or more types of tasks and you’ll have access to the information you’ll need to do your capstone project, it should be fine. A job that is straight sales/retail/customer service will not provide you with this information.

My friend is making a movie. If I assist her, can that count as my internship?

No, if there’s only one employee and the business hasn’t been around for more than a year, it will not qualify as a placement.

What if I find a role that's not in my field? For example, what if my modules are music and film but the placement I found is related to theatre? 

Yes. That’s fine. There’s lots of overlap across the creative industries in terms of skills and responsibilities. You will gain transferable skills wherever you work.

 

WHAT?

What is CRIIS?

CRIIS is the Creative Industries Internship Software and it is designed to track your internship. You can access CRIIS from the Internship section of the Creative Industries website. You will need your Ryerson student ID number to login to CRIIS.  If you have any difficulty logging in, contact the coordinator at adarcy@ryerson.ca.

What is the Internship Job Board?

The internship job board is a listing of positions with companies that are part of our network. These positions have been vetted to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria.  Most of these companies have agreed to consider Creative Industries students before looking elsewhere for interns, which provides students with a considerable advantage when looking for a role. Students should check the board often since new positions are posted weekly. 

I found an internship on my own (it wasn't listed on the Internship job board.) Now what? 

Great work! Here are your next steps:

1.    Login to CRIIS (the Creative Industries Internship Software) and register the position. The system will send you the documents you need to get signed.

2.    Upload the signed documents to CRIIS. These must be uploaded before your first day of work. You must also drop off the originals at the office.

3.    Complete the mandatory health and safety eLearning module on D2L and upload the certificate of completion before you begin your internship.

4.    You will receive online links to complete three separate journal entries. The first is quite short and the second is fairly long. You will be able to save your work and return to complete these journals before you submit them.

 

What documents need to get signed? Where do I get these documents? 

All documents will be sent to you once your position has been approved through CRIIS.

If your placement is PAID, you need to sign and upload 2 documents:

+    Waiver

+    Letter of Agreement

If your placement is UNPAID or provides an honorarium you must sign and upload 4 documents:

+    Waiver

+    Letter of Agreement

+    The Student Declaration

+    The Employer Declaration


 

About the documents:

About the Waiver: This is signed by you (the student) and indicates that you accept responsibility for risks, etc. during your off-campus placement.

About the Letter of Agreement: This includes the name of the student and the host organization (employer); outlines the dates for the internship period; includes a brief description of the tasks/activities the student will undertake; must be signed by the employer, student and coordinator prior to the start date of the internship.

About the Student Declaration: This is signed by you (the student) and is a written promise that you will notify the School immediately if there is a medical incident of any kind so we can file a WSIB report on your behalf.

About the Employer Declaration: This is signed by the employer and is a written promise to alert the School immediately if there is a medical incident of any kind so we can file a WSIB report on your behalf. All documents must be signed and uploaded before your first day of work.

What is the mandatory Health and Safety eLearning module? 

This is a required learning module on D2L that walks you through some important health and safety information that relates to the workplace. It’s important to know your rights and to know what to do in case of an accident or issue in the workplace. Completing this prior to the placement is a legal requirement.

What course is the internship connected to? Is there a grade for my performance? 

The internship is connected to the course CRI 800. The internship is a pass/fail requirement of the course. Students must successfully complete the internship in order to complete the capstone project, which is the central focus of CRI 800.

What does the course CRI 800 involve? 

About CRI 800

The integration of theory and practice within the Creative Industries BA program will culminate in a work placement and related capstone project in the course CRI 800: Managing Creative Enterprises. The work placement in conjunction with the related capstone project is intended to provide students with an expanded awareness of the environment in which creative enterprises operate and of those management practices that serve to commercialize creative and cultural ideas. Through the work placements, students will be exposed to the mechanisms employed to support and expedite creative work, including those that require collaborative work processes. In many cases students will be able to discern how current technology has impacted the creative and business functions of the enterprise. The culminating thesis, based on industry-related research and submitted in the form of a polished professional report, will demonstrate the extent to which students have assimilated the practical realities involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of creative goods and services.

 

Research During the Work Placement During the work placement, students will be expected to research, in as much depth as possible, the organizational structure of the company and department in which they complete their placement. This includes the organization’s communication procedures, planning processes, workflow, business functions and its working relationships with outside agencies, government and commercial partners. Much of this research will be collected as students complete Journal Entries 1 and 2 during the placement, and Journal 3 shortly after the placement is complete.

Capstone Project

The information acquired in the work placement will form the basis for an independent capstone project for CRI 800. This will involve research, analysis, problem solving, written communication and the application of business concepts to the creative workplace. It will

also demonstrate the level at which students are able to apply and articulate the specialized areas of knowledge, methodologies and theoretical approaches that they have learned throughout their program of studies.

 

PAID vs.UNPAID

Are the internships paid or unpaid? 

Some are unpaid, some are paid, and some offer honoraria (a stipend) and travel allowances.

I found a paid job and it's in a creative industry. Can I use that as an internship? 

Yes. Any job undertaken after your third year that fulfills the requirements listed (see Who Can I Work For?) will qualify for the internship requirement. You must register and receive confirmation through CRIIS prior to the start date. You may wish to consider the internship as an opportunity to open doors and gain valuable experience that might otherwise be difficult to access so think carefully about where you would like to work.

How is a paid internship different from a 'regular job'? 

Employment laws apply to all employer-employee relationships, including the right to minimum wage. When searching for a new employee, companies have a set of criteria (usually relating to finding the person who is most capable, has related experience and is the right fit for a long-term position). In contrast, an internship is typically offered to students or inexperienced workers and allows the intern to gain valuable work experience and on-the-job training while providing the employer with an enthusiastic worker. It gives the intern an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the workplace. Interns do not displace existing employees and the understanding is that the company will provide training, work experience, mentorship and references for the intern’s benefit and often as fair exchange for their contribution.

A student can use a ‘regular job’ as an internship opportunity if it satisfies the criteria established in the Who Can I Work For section. To do this, the student must register the position in CRIIS and upload the relevant signed documents prior to the first day of the internship period.

Can I do more than one unpaid internship? 

No, you are insured for one unpaid role only. 

WHEN? ALL ABOUT TIMING: 

When is the internship? When do I need to have my hours completed? 

You are eligible to begin the internship after you successfully complete your third year of university and the course prerequisite, CRI 600. You may complete the internship during the summer between third and fourth year (internships can

be full- or part-time) or during the fall semester of your fourth year (part-time). Internships must be completed no later than the final week of classes for CRI 800 in order to pass the course. 

How long is the internship? 

The internship is for a minimum of 240 hours. Students may choose to do more hours (and many companies will require a minimum of 3 months). If a position is full-time unpaid, we recommend students commit to no more than 3 months.

Do I need to complete the entire 240 hours with one organization? 

Yes. That way you’ll get a fuller understanding of how the organization works, form stronger relationships and achieve more. This will also be helpful in gathering information for your capstone project.

Can I do more thank one internship? 

You are only insured/eligible to complete one unpaid/honoraria-based internship.

Can I begin my internship during my 3rd year? How about the summer after 2nd year? 

No, you need to complete your third year before you begin the required internship component.

When should I start looking for an internship? 

From September - December you should polish your resume and cover letter and research companies that interest you. Starting in late January, you should begin sending applications. Check the detailed timeline on page 13 for more info.

WHERE?

Where can I work?

You may work with any creative sector organization, public or private, that fulfills the following conditions: 

+    You must have a supervisor

+    You must have a place of work

+    The organization must be a creative sector organization

+    The organization must have a minimum of two full-time employees

+    The organization must be at least two years old

+    The job must be somewhat varied with three or more kinds of tasks. A role that is 100% customer service or sales, for example, does NOT qualify

+    The position must be registered and approved through CRIIS (the internship software accessible through the internship site) before you begin

 

Where can I do the internship? Can I do an internship outside the province? Outside Canada? 

Yes. You can find a position outside the city, province or country. If this is your intention, contact the coordinator. We need to make sure you have insurance coverage and let you know about some additional steps you’ll need to take.

What's involved in going to the U.S. or abroad for my internship? 

Students who want to do an internship in the US will need a J1 visa (unless they have American citizenship). This involves some forms that need to be completed by you, your employer and the school coordinator. The application takes approximately 6-8 weeks and there is a significant fee associated. For other countries, you will need to research the visa requirements. A good place to begin is the embassy website for that country. You should also plan to buy additional health insurance before you go. Check out the section on international placements for more details.

 

HOW? FINDING AN INTERNSHIP

Do I need to find my own placement?

Yes. And we’re here to help with that. We have an internship job board with postings from organizations that work with us. Check the board regularly! We have networks and contacts and we will help you in every way we can. Ultimately, however, it’s up to you. A great resume, tailored cover letter and the right attitude will be the keys to finding a good position.

 

Do my grades affect my chances of getting an internship?

No. A polished resume, a well-crafted cover letter tailored to the position, and a great attitude will get you further than perfect grades.

How do I register my internship? 

Once you have an internship lined up, login to CRIIS (the CRI Internship Software) to register your internship and get access to the documents that need to be signed and uploaded before you begin. All internships must be registered and validated through CRIIS.

There's a company I'd really like to contact but I don't know how to go about this. Can someone help?

Yes! But first take a look at the Job Search Resources and the Networking/Information Interviews sections online. You’ll find strategies and advice for reaching out to organizations. There’s even a script you can use to ask for a mentorship meeting with an industry professional. You can also contact the coordinator office and we’ll reach out on your behalf.

 

WHAT IF...

I have a position lined up but I find a better one. What should I do?​

You should stay with the first offer that you accept. Your reputation is one of your most important assets and maintaining your integrity is crucial for your future. You are also an ambassador for the program, and we want to make sure all the host organizations that work with us have a good experience.

What if there's a problem and I can't complete my internship? 

Get in touch with the coordinator office immediately.

I can't find a placement. What should I do? 

Check the job board and the job search sites daily. Looking for a job is a part-time job in itself. You’ll need to put aside a few hours every couple of days 

to send out resumes and cover letters. You should also research companies and organizations you’re interested in. While they may not have an internship position listed, why not approach someone in HR and make contact? Check out the Job Search Strategies page online for more information.

What if I am injured on the job? 

If you are not being paid (and are therefore not insured by the organization) you will be insured through the University. If you are injured, you must contact the coordinator immediately.

When I'm off campus completing my internship, are there any rules that apply to me? Is there a Ryerson code of non-academic conduct? 

The Ryerson Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct reflects an expectation that students conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the educational objectives of the University, in accordance with generally accepted standards of behavior, and in accordance with published University regulations and policies. Instructors and staff members have a responsibility to take action if they suspect either Code of Conduct has been violated. The procedures described in the Codes have been designed to provide a fair process in such matters. It is imperative that all members of the community abide by the Codes in order to maintain an environment that is consistent with the values and behavior we espouse.

For information on student non-academic matters, visit the Student Conduct Office’s website at www.ryerson.ca/studentcode. 

 

  

Useful Info

Quick Links

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Process: Step by Step

 
The Process in a Nutshell


 

  1. Find an internship that fulfills the requirements and land the role (Reminder: the requirements are that you work with a creative sector company that is 2+ years old, has 2+ full time employees, and that will provide you with a place of work and a variety of tasks.) 

 

  1. Register the position on CRIIS (Creative Industries Internship Software).

 

  1. CRIIS will send you the relevant documents and a link to the eLearning Safety Module. Sign and upload all docs before your 1st day of work!

 

  1. Complete a minimum of 240 hours.

 

  1. CRIIS will send you 3 required journal entries to complete during your internship.

 

  1. Your supervisor will receive a link to complete your performance review day after you complete your internship. You’ll have access to it once it’s complete!

Prepare documents & research potential companies for your internship.

Find an Internship.

Login to CRIIS.

Input the employer details. Get approval coordinator for the position.

Before you begin work, login to CRIIS upload Letter of Agreement signed by you + your Employer.

Complete 240 hours (minimum). Upload journal entries to system.

Send your employer a link to allow them to upload a performance review on CRIIS. .

 

 

Timelines: Step by Step

 

 
 

For Summer Internships

 

September 

 

Have a resume and cover letter ready to tailor for each application. Be sure to attend interview, resume writing and cover letter workshops to polish your skills and documents

 

 

September - December 

 

Make a plan. Is there a field or company you want to work with in particular? Figure out how to reach out through your networks to contact people for information interviews to learn about the company and make yourself known. Contact Human Resources and Hiring Managers to find out if the company has an internship program.

 

If there's a particular field you have your heart set on, check out the associations listed in the Search Resources section. Associations often have hundreds of member companies and are a great way to research a particular industry. For additional tips, go to Help Getting Started.

 

 

January - March

 

Check the Internship Job Board constantly. New postings will go up all the time and there will be deadlines for applications. 

 

Check the job search engines on the Find an Internship page. Use filters to specify 'internship' and set up alerts  so you constantly receive new postings.

 

 

March - April

 

This is a peak hiring time. You should be sending out your resume and tailored cover letters and looking for any and all opportunities. During this time you will likely start attending interviews. 

 

 

May

 

Those who have secured an internship must complete 2 steps before they begin: 1) get coordinator approval for the position by uploading details into Sylvester and 2) upload a Letter of Agreement signed by the employer and by you. 

 

 

June

 

Upload your first journal entry to CRIIS (Creative Industries Internship Software).

 

 

July / August

 

Upload your second journal entry to CRIIS.

 

 

August

 

Send your employer the link so they can upload your performance review to CRIIS. Once this has been submitted, your work placement will be considered complete and you will be eligible to pass CRI 800.

 

 

Deadline:

 

In order to receive a passing mark for CRI 800, the internship must be complete. Internships must be completed no later than the final week of classes for CRI 800. 

 

 

For a timeline for Fall internships:

Email the work placement coordinator at adarcy@ryerson.ca

 

Internship Job Board                          Resumes                                Interviewing                               Job Search Tools                      

About the Internship                          Cover Letters                        Networking                                Help Getting Started    

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