Get short-term work experience for long-term success

With an unpaid micro-placement with Explore Careers, you can practice and build your skills, connect with potential employers and complete resume-building projects. 

Micro-placements also offer you flexibility with the short-time commitment. They can help you:

  • Find work experience that fits with your existing school schedule
  • Increase your variety of work experience
  • Try new pathways for your career before applying
  • Be part of real projects with potential employers

Students are eligible to apply for in-person/onsite or remote placements and are paired with employers to find a placement structure that works for both parties. Placements consist of 30 hours of work experience or job shadowing.

In addition to the practical skills development, students who are accepted into the Explore Careers program have the opportunity to participate in the FUSION Skill Development Program, a ten-hour training course that will help students integrate and apply their academic knowledge to their placements.

Student Eligibility

You must be a current student (UCalgary or non-UCalgary) and meet the following criteria:

  1. Registered in your first post-secondary (college, university or technical institute) program, in either a certificate, diploma or degree.
  2. Canadian citizen, permanent resident, refugee or visa student, and
  3. Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with the relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Need help signing up?

Review our registration guide for a step-by-step process.

Contact us

Have a question about Explore Careers? Email for help.

What will the micro-placement look like?

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 by the employer:

general timeline of micro-placement for students

Frequently asked questions

Yes! If you study at a post-secondary in Alberta AND you don't have a previous degree, diploma, certificate, etc., you are eligible to participate in the program.

Absolutely! International students are eligible to apply for Explore Micro-Placements. In fact, this is a fantastic way to meet employers and demonstrate your skills prior to beginning the search for co-op, internships or full-time positions.

Unfortunately, this program is only open to students who are in their first program of study; you aren't eligible if you already have a bachelor's degree, or any diplomas or certificate.

Whenever works for you. Micro-placements offer ultimate flexibility, with the ability to work onsite with an employer, or remotely from wherever you're located. Placements can range from full-time over one week or part-time over the course of a few weeks.


Micro-placements through Explore Careers are unpaid, much like volunteer opportunities. However, these are excellent ways to complete career-related projects and get connected to employers that will be hiring for student positions.

As you complete your application, you can rank the opportunities that you are most interested in. We will try our best to match you based on your preference and availability!

Yes! You can complete multiple placements so that you can really experience different fields and opportunities.

We're always recruiting employers for this program! Some areas include: Arts and Culture (entertainment, design, event planning), Business (consulting, marketing, operations), STEM (programming, data science, UI/UX), Healthcare (medicine, rehab), Public Service (education, non-profit, government)

This program is not connected to any of your academics. These micro-placements are meant to help build your professional skills and experience.

A core activity of the Explore Careers program includes the completion of the FUSION Skill Development Program, which helps you develop leadership skills in three areas: metacognition, communication and problem-solving.

The training offered in this online learning experience will equip you with the tools you need to effectively link your placement to your learning, resulting in a more enriching work experience.

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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.