Gain Career Experience

There are many opportunities on- and off-campus that will help you build skills that employers are seeking. Taking time to gain career experience while you study will also help you explore career paths. In addition to the opportunities listed here, volunteer work can be an excellent way to gain experience.

Co-op and Internships

These hands-on learning opportunities provide valuable work experience. Co-op and internships are administered by faculties on campus. Advisors at the Centre for Career and Personal Development can help prepare.

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A micro-placement connects students with employers to complete a short project. These projects typically take 30 to 40 hours and provide an opportunity to gain practical experience and develop skills while exploring a career path or industry of interest.

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Peer Helper Program

Peer helper positions are available across campus. A peer helper is a non-paid, leadership role that is open to all students. This is an opportunity to gain experience while contributing to UCalgary’s community.

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Employer Events

Build your professional skills, network with employers and discover career opportunities at an upcoming employer event. Most events are held on campus and are open to all students.

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If you are looking for more ways to build career experience, you can view opportunities in the campus Experience Catalogue.

Watch our Career Clip on networking

Not sure how to conduct yourself at an information session? Check out this Career Clip to learn how to ask thoughtful questions and what you can do to stand out to recruiters.