Find an Internship 

 "Be so good they can't igonore you."

                                         Steve Martin

Starting Your Internship Search?


In the Search Strategies section you'll find suggestions for how to start and make the most of your resources. The Search Resources section includes helpful tools to help you look for a position. We've also included a list of useful Search Engines and a detailed list of Industry Associations by sector. If you're interested in a particular industry and want to research some companies, this is a great place to start.

Top Tips

1. Check out the search strategies section below.

2. Make a list: 

- What sector appeals to you?

- What companies do you want to work with?

- Do you know students who have interned at companies that you'd like to target? Talk to them!

- Find out who creates the content/fashion/advertising/games/etc. that you like and then find out if they have an internship program

- Were there any speakers you had in lectures who did interesting work with interesting companies?


3. Put aside some time to do research (ie. look up companies, check out LinkedIn and search engines to see what's out there and what kinds of skills and requirements are commonly listed.)

4. Go to workshops and events!

On This Page

Job Search Strategies


"Where do I begin?"


1. You should begin with a basic cover letter and resume which you will then tailor for each submission. The first few you do might take some time, but soon you'll get much quicker. For help with your resume or cover letter, see the relevant pages in this site or visit the Ryerson Career and Co-op Centre, either online or in person.



2. It's time to roll up your sleeves and make a plan. Is there a specific industry you want to work in? If so, do you have any contacts in that area? Reach out to friends and ask for introductions. Let people know you're looking for an internship. Use your social media (and don't forget LinkedIn, which is a great professional resource that can help you identify people who can make introductions). Make a list of 20-30 companies/organizations you would like to target.



3. For help identifying target companies, go to the lists of industry associations in the  Industry Associations section. Identify companies in specific fields that interest you. Visit their websites. Look for for details about what they do, where they are located and their size.



4. Once you've targeted companies you'd like to work with, the next step is to make contact with the human resources or hiring manager. Find out who they are by name. LinkedIn, Google and the company website are all good resources for finding out the HR or hiring manager's name. You can also call reception and ask.


Another option is to reach out to someone who works at the company to ask for a brief information meeting, similar to what you did in CRI 400. You might indicate that you're interested in the industry, and in their company in particular, and that you would like some advice as you begin your career. Something like that. During the meeting, find out as much as you can about the industry and the company and about how that person ended up in that position. Do not ask for a job on the spot.


After you meet with someone, send a thank-you letter and politely inquire whether they have an internship program. Or you might suggest that you would like the opportunity to work with their company and ask for the contact details of the hiring manager.



5. Check the Internship Board constantly. Positions will be posted every Thursday morning. In most cases, you will have one week to apply.



6. Check out the search engines listed below. Many have filters for internship positions. Some allow you to set up daily alerts so you can see the postings as they become available. When you see a posting, be sure to apply within a couple of days. The sooner the better.



7. Look at on-campus jobs to see if there is a relevant position available.



8. When you send a resume and letter, make sure you tailor both to the position. They should reflect your interest in that industry as well as your knowledge of the company to which you are applying. Try to send the email during business hours. Also, as mentioned above, it's best to address the email to someone specific rather than "To Whom It May Concern." 



Job Search Resources

On-Campus Jobs

There are two kinds of jobs on campus:



(to be eligible you must be on OSAP and need to fill out the application)


non work-study (all are eligible)

Jobs are offered by semester. For summer jobs on campus, check the Career Centre site in mid- to late-April.

Job Search Engines


There are a number of excellent search engines available, including Magnet (which is affiliated with Ryerson University). Many allow you to  set up alerts and browse job descriptions

Industry Research:
Strategies and Links for contacting companies


We have listed a number of associations and organizations by field. These  associations often have hundreds of member organizations/companies. We have     also included some strategies to help you do some research and contact companies directly.

Search Engines



A community that connects new-grads with job opportunities from Canadian employers.


Work In Culture

A list of jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in arts-based companies and organizations.



A job board for the cultural sector administered by The Cultural Human Resources Council


Charity Village

A website dedicated to supporting charities and non-profit organizations across Canada

A job search site that sends alerts and short-lists based on search terms.

A site that lists internship and job opoportunities for students accross North America.



Aggregates all jobs from employers' websites in order for candidates to find all jobs available in their preferred regions.

Canadian Film & TV Production job listings. Filter available to narrow search to internship positions.

A Job board for professionals in marketing, communications, Web, IT, video games and VFX in Canada with a filter for internships. Most listings are for companies located in Montreal.


Government of Ontario Summer Jobs

Offers summer jobs and seasonal staff positions with camps, amusement parks, resorts, national parks, hotels, environmental organizations and more.


Media Job Search Canada

A job board that lists positions in a variety of areas including film and TV production, publishing, advertising and marketing, and more. While there is no internship filter, this is a helpful site for researching companies and the requirements related to various positions.


Industry Associations

An excellent strategy for finding internships that are not publicly listed is to research and contact companies directly.



Established companies and organizations often join member associations. Below are links to a number of these associations, many of which have hundreds if not thousands of members. You can research companies in specific fields and often find contact information. You can also visit to arrange an informal chat with industry leaders.



Search by Field


Advertising                                 Music                                  Visual Culture / Heritage

Communications                       Fashion                              Theatre / Performance

Radio / TV / Film                      Interior Design                 Publishing / Journalism





INDUSTRY RESEARCH: Advertising and Communications    


The Association of Quebec Advertising Agencies

The Association of Canadian Advertisers


Advertising Standards Canada


Conseil des directeurs médias du Québec


The Canadian Marketing Association


Canadian Media Directors’ Council


The Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada


The Institute of Communication Agencies


Global and Local Advertising and Communications Agencies

Toronto is home to a wide range of advertising and communications agencies, with many of the largest global leaders in this field having offices in Toronto. The city also has a range of smaller agencies which have garnered significant national attention.


Global advertising and communications firms located in Toronto include:

BBDO Toronto

Brandworks International

DDB Group

Bruce Mau Design

Dentsu Canada

Grey Canada


kbs+p Canada

Leo Burnett Company Limited

Lowe Roche


MindShare CanadaOMD Canada

Publicis Toronto

Sid Lee

Saatchi & Saatchi Canada

TBWA Toronto



Canadian-owned firms located in Toronto include:



Cundari Group

Day Advertising


TAXI Toronto


INDUSTRY RESEARCH: Radio, TV, Film                               


Gaulin Media


ACTRA Toronto


Canadian Media Guild


Film Ontario


Canadian Media Production Association


Mandy's Film and TV Production Directory


Media Careers Canada


CHRC: Careers in Film and Broadcasting


Canadian Publishers' Council (CPC)


Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators & Performers (CANSCAIP)


Library and Archives Canada - Cataloguing in Publication (CIP)


Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma (SARTEC)


Society for Technical Communication


INDUSTRY RESEARCH: Music Industry                                     



Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)


Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA)


Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)


Music Industries Association of Canada


Re-Sound, Music Licensing Company


Orchestras Canada


L’Union des Artistes


Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)


Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM)


Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC)


Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc. (AVLA)


Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)


Canadian Amateur Musicians (CAMMAC)


Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA)


Canadian Conference of the Arts


Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)


Canadian Disc Jockey Association


Canadian Music Centre


Canadian Music Publishers Association


Fonds RadioStar


Freelance Musicians Association


Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR)


Guild of Canadian Film Composers


National Youth Orchestra of Canada


Radio Starmaker Fund


Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)


Songwriters Association of Canada


Society for reproduction rights of authors, composers and publishers in Canada (SODRAC)


INDUSTRY RESEARCH:  Fashion                                                  



Style Nine to Five


The Fashion Incubator


The Fashion Group


Fashion Design Council of Canada


Ontario Fashion Exhibitors


Costume Society of Ontario


World Mastercard Fashion Week

INDUSTRY RESEARCH:  Interior Design                                    



Interior Designer of Canada


Design Exchange - Canada's Design Museum




The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO)


Design Thinkers


The Design Industry Advisory Committee


IIDEX Canada


Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario


INDUSTRY RESEARCH:  Publishing/Journalism                    


Canadian Association of Journalists


Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA)


Association of Canadian Publishers


Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)


Places for Writers


Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)


Quill & Quire


Creators Rights Alliance


Editors Association of Canada (EAC)


the League of Canadian Poets


Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG)


Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)


Regroupement des éditeurs canadiens-français (RÉCF)


The Writers' Union of Canada


Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures


Canada Books


Book and Periodical Council (BPC)


Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP)


Canada Council for the Arts


Canadian Association of Journalists


Canadian Authors Association


Canadian Conference on the Arts


Canadian eAuthors


Canadian Journalists for Free Expression


Canadian Library Association (CLA)


Canadian Media Guild


Canadian Publishers' Council (CPC)


Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators & Performers (CANSCAIP)


Library and Archives Canada - Cataloguing in Publication (CIP)


Places for Writers


Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)


Quill & Quire


Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma (SARTEC)


Society for Technical Communication


Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators


Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)


Writers Guild of Canada


INDUSTRY RESEARCH: Heritage and Visual Culture             



Association for Preservation Technology International 


Banff International Curatorial Institute


Canadian Heritage Information Network


Canadian Heritage: Preserving My Heritage




The Heritage Canada Foundation


Historica Dominion Institute


Preservation Directory


Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada


Virtual Museum of Canada


Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture


Art Dealers Association of Canada Inc.


Artists in


Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals


Canadian Museums Association


Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art


Conseil des métiers d'art du Québec


Federation of Canadian Artists


Inuit Art Foundation


Ontario Museum Association

INDUSTRY RESEARCH: Theatre, Performance                         



ACTRA Toronto



Stage Door


Actors’ Fund of Canada

The Banff Centre

Associated Designers of Canada

Canadian Conference of the Arts

Canadian Actor Online

Canadian Actors' Equity Association (Equity)

Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists

Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA)

Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals

Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology

Canadian League of Composers

Canadian Music Centre

Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators & Performers

Dancer Transition Resource Centre

Directors Guild of Canada

En Piste - Circus Arts National Network

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada (IATSE)

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas

Playwrights Guild of Canada

Playwrights’ Development Centres of Canada

Playwrights’ Theatre Centre

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada

Union des artistes



Tips & Articles

How to be a Great Intern

Exerpts from article by Alexandra Shytsman

Posted September 2013 on



Be Committed. 

Although your internship may just be 3 months, act like you’re there for the long-term. Dedicate yourself to assignments, make friendly connections with coworkers, and make yourself a seemingly irreplaceable team member. You may find it hard to stay motivated knowing you’re not there for the long term, but make this your first priority.


Be Punctual.

Arrive on time every day and be sure to call or email your supervisor if you’re running late. Also know that deadlines are not suggestions – they are concrete. Meet them by whatever means necessary, even if it means staying an extra hour at the office, or enlisting the help of a fellow intern.


Ask Questions.

If you don’t fully understand an assigned task, do not hesitate to ask questions. You may think it’s best not to bother your boss, but he/she will be a lot more aggravated if you misunderstand and spend an hour (or a whole day) doing the wrong thing.


Go Above and Beyond.

If you spot a gap in a project, an unorganized bookshelf, or that there are no coffee filters left, offer to do the job yourself. Remember that no task is too big or small; the point is to always think about what you can contribute as long as it doesn’t interfere with your regular duties.


Be Polite.

With the advent of email and instant messaging many professionals have forgotten the rules of basic human communication. Don’t fall victim to it yourself. Despite their decline, these skills are still highly appreciated. Always smile and say hi when you come in or when you see someone in the hallway; Make small talk at the water cooler; wish colleagues a good weekend, etc People will remember you for being cordial.


Leave on a High Note.

When your internship is over, be sure to connect with your coworkers on LinkedIn, and don’t hesitate to ask for a recommendation either – especially from your supervisor(s). Also, set a meeting with your boss (or possibly a coffee date) to discuss your performance. During the evaluation, kindly ask what he/she thinks your strengths and weaknesses are. Ask for career advice, as well as to introduce you to their connections about possible future employment. And to really put the cherry on top, bring in some mini muffins or a cookie tray on your last day, as a thank you to everyone you worked with.


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