Explore Micro-Placements for Employers

Micro-placements that work for employers and students

Enhance your talent acquisition strategy by engaging students through a micro-placement. The Explore Careers program allows employers to give students much-needed work-integrated learning opportunities, but with added flexibility.

Your company can foster short-term skills development through projects, access additional labour during critical periods, and generate positive student relationships with an ongoing micro-placement program.


  • Micro-placements can be set up for onsite or remote work
  • You choose how you structure your placement — 30 hours can be dispersed over as little as one week or up to eight weeks
    • Students must complete approx. 30 hours of work
  • Micro-placements are unpaid
  • Students will also participate in the FUSION Skill Development Program to improve their work-integrated learning outcomes
  • Placements cannot be combined with an existing co-op role or source of funding

Eligible organizations

Host organizations may be any the following:

  1. For-profit businesses,
  2. Not-for-profit organizations and/or
  3. Government organizations

Need help registering?

Review our guide on creating an account and posting.

Contact us

Have questions about what your company can do with Explore Careers?

Lawrence Chan
Program Administrator 


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What can you do with a micro-placement?


Do you have research needs? Students from a wide variety of disciplines can help perform research, administer surveys or collect data. 

Incorporate this into your recruitment

Micro-placements are an excellent way to pre-screen potential hires. Consider creating a short-term project or series of tasks that can help introduce students to their future colleagues and their work.

Hire an international student

International students can provide valuable insight to your company. They can lend their unique perspective to your equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, translating documents, or support in new markets.

Communications and marketing

Get help creating communications plans, designing materials, performing social media or web audits, collecting analytics and more.

Special projects support

Does your company have projects that have time-heavy activities? Place multiple students for specific task support to alleviate the work and help things run more efficiently.

Data analysis

Get support with documentation, setting up teams/processes/systems, organizing or collecting assets and more.

Job shadowing

Give students a glimpse into a variety of positions within your company. What does a day in the job look like? What can I expect to work on? What skills should I develop now to be successful?

User testing

Need beta testers or test users? Need participants to review or provide feedback? Create a series of micro-placements to give students experience with these practices.

Business development

Have students support the development of your business development plans. They can help you evaluate partners technology, identify value propositions, develop contact lists, or create presentations.

...and so much more!

The possibilities are endless with an Explore Careers micro-placement. If you want to discuss more options for how you can create a micro-placement, email Lawrence Chan at recruit@ucalgary.ca.

How to setup your micro-placement?

The 30-hour micro-placement can be dispersed over one week or up to eight weeks.
This is a general timeline that can be adjusted to your needs:

general timeline of micro-placement for employers

Frequently asked questions

Each placement involves a maximum 30-hour commitment through a combination of onsite or online work. Students will also complete ten hours of self-directed reflective exercises through UCalgary’s FUSION Skill Development Program.

Internships are paid and at least four months long, whereas micro-placements are meant to be short-term opportunities. Your opportunity may require some specific knowledge or skills, but it can also be introductory.

As many as you have a need for! If you have a large variety of needs, you can set up a wide variety of micro-placements and place students multiple times throughout the year.

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In partnership with the Business and Higher Education Roundtable (BHER)

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization bringing together Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. Since 2015, BHER has worked to harness the strengths of Canada’s business and post-secondary education sectors to build opportunities for young Canadians, boost innovation and drive collaboration.