Arts & Science Internship Program

ASIP


Introduction

Arts & Science Professional Internship Program

Hydro One Building, 17th Floor
700 University Ave.
asip@utoronto.ca

The Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) is a professional work-integrated learning program for Faculty of Arts & Science students enrolled in specific programs of study. Students enrolled in the ASIP stream of their program of study complete mandatory Professional Development programming plus a minimum of 12 and maximum of 20 months of paid, full-time, academically related work experience. The time to degree completion for students enrolled in ASIP is normally 5 years. ASIP is administered by the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Experiential Learning & Outreach Support (ELOS) Office.

The ASIP stream of each program is limited enrolment. Students will typically be admitted to the ASIP stream of their program for the Fall term of Year 2 of study, however in exceptional circumstances students, including transfer students, who enrolled in an eligible program in the Summer after Year 2 may be admitted to the ASIP stream of their program for the Fall of Year 3. Acceptance into an ASIP stream in Year 3 is dependent on space and requires approval of the student’s academic unit and the ELOS Office. (Note: Year 3 entry will be available beginning Fall 2022.)

The mandatory Professional Development programming will help students prepare for their work opportunities and maximize their learning while on their work terms. It will consist of 4 zero credit weight courses taken over 4 academic terms (Year 2 entry) or 2 academic terms (Year 3 entry). The completion of these courses is mandatory for the ASIP stream of each program, in addition to the regular academic requirements of the program.

The work experience component will consist of 12-20 months of paid, full-time work in the private, not-for-profit, and/or public sectors.  For students enrolling in the ASIP stream of their program for the Fall term of Year 2, the first, 4-month work term will take place in the summer between Year 2 and 3, followed by a longer 8, 12 or 16-month work term following the completion of Year 3. Students enrolling in the ASIP stream of their program for the Fall term of Year 3 will complete 12 or 16 months of work experience after Year 3 over one or two work terms.  Students completing all mandatory Professional Development requirements and a minimum of 12 months of work experience will graduate with the ASIP stream acknowledged on their transcript.

Students will be provided a wide range of professional development supports as they progress through the ASIP stream of their program, including workplace readiness and job search coaching, access to the ASIP job board, professional skill development training, access to the Co-op Coordinator and Student Development staff, industry information sessions, resources to support students facing barriers to employability, and community-building events. Acceptance into the ASIP stream of a program does not guarantee a student’s employment in each work term.

The cost to students to participate in the full program will be $3600, paid over a series of six installments.

Eligible Programs

Department of Computer Science:

  • Data Science Specialist (ASSPE1687; joint program with Department of Statistical Sciences)
  • Computer Science Specialist (ASSPE1689)
  • Computer Science Major (ASMAJ1689)

Department of Statistical Sciences:

  • Data Science Specialist (ASSPE1687; joint program with Department of Computer Science)
  • Specialist in Statistical Science: Methods & Practice (ASSPE2270)
  • Specialist in Statistical Science: Theory & Methods (ASSPE2290)

Department of Mathematics:

  • Mathematics Specialist (ASSPE1165)
  • Applied Mathematics Specialist (ASSPE2053)
  • Mathematics & Physics Specialist (ASSPE0397; joint program with Department of Physics)
  • Mathematics & Philosophy Specialist (ASSPE1361; joint program with Department of Philosophy)
  • Mathematical Applications in Economics & Finance Specialist (ASSPE1700)
  • Mathematics & its Applications Specialist (ASSPE1758, ASSPE1890; ASSPE1580)
  • Mathematics Major (ASMAJ1165)

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology:

  • Joint Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology Specialist (ASSPE2340)
  • Biomedical Toxicology Specialist (ASSPE2573)
  • Pharmacology Specialist (ASSPE2082)
  • Environment & Toxicology Specialist (ASSPE0605)

Department of Chemistry:

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry Specialist (ASSPE1211)

Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources:

  • Industrial Relations & Human Resources Specialist (ASSPE1536)
  • Industrial Relations & Human Resources Major (ASMAJ1536)

University of St. Michael’s College:

  • Book & Media Studies Major (ASMAJ1300)

Student Eligibility

Students will apply to the ASIP stream of their program at the time of program enrolment after Year 1 or Year 2. To be eligible for admission to ASIP, students must meet the following core requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an academic program that is participating in ASIP.
  • Be going into Year 2 or Year 3 as a full-time student in the upcoming Fall/Winter session. (Year 3 entry will be available starting Fall 2022.)
  • Be in good academic standing or on probation at the time of application and must remain in good academic standing or on probation to continue in ASIP and apply for a work term. 
  • Be returning to full-time studies after completion of all work term requirements. Students returning for only one term must be enrolled in at least 1.5 credits in that term.
  • Not currently part of another co-op program at the University of Toronto.
  • Both domestic and international students from eligible programs may participate. All international students require a valid work permit to participate in a work term. The International Student Immigration Advisors at the Centre for International Experience (CIE) can provide guidance and support for those that require it. Students are encouraged to apply for any required work permit as soon as possible after being admitted to the ASIP stream of their program.
  • Students with part-time status may be considered for the program if they have received accommodation from the University. Examples of accommodation include, but are not limited to, being registered with Accessibility Services. Students with accommodation needs should first contact asip@utoronto.ca.

Student Selection and Enrolment

The ASIP stream of each program is limited enrolment. All students who meet the eligibility requirements stated above, and who submit a completed ASIP application package, will be considered for admission. 

The ASIP program’s mission is to help students prepare for professional life through work-integrated learning. We strive to provide inclusive services that enable all students to thrive and succeed in the program, including those from equity-deserving groups. We encourage all interested students to apply to the program.

Holistic admissions criteria will form the basis for admission, with the following criteria being considered: 

  • prior work, volunteer, extracurricular and/or community involvement
  • demonstrated leadership, time management and teamwork qualities
  • evidence of motivation, enthusiasm, adaptability, and resilience
  • strong communication skills and sense of self

The application package will consist of the student’s resume and responses to a series of non-cognitive questions exploring the above qualities. Further details about applying to ASIP and program requirements can be found here.

Program Details

Students entering the program in Year 2 will have the option of completing 12-20 months of work experience, while students entering the program in Year 3 will have the option of completing 12-16 months of work experience. Work term sequencing, fee payments, and course requirements will follow the general sequence outlined below. Students have the option of completing an 8, 12 or 16-month work term between Year 3 and 5, so the program allows for some flexibility in the exact sequence a student follows.

Completion Requirements

Year 2 Entry

  • Second Year: PDC220H1, PDC221H1, INT200H1 (optional)
  • Third Year: PDC320H1, PDC321H1, INT300H1 (optional)
  • Fourth Year: INT300H1 (mandatory if not previously completed), INT400H1, INT450H1 (mandatory if INT200H1 not previously completed), INT470H1 (optional)

Year 3 Entry

  • Third Year: PDC230H1, PDC231H1, PDC330H1, PDC331H1, INT301H1 (optional)
  • Fourth Year: INT301H1 (mandatory if not previously completed), INT401H1, INT451H1, INT471H1 (optional)

Students must abide by the following guidelines and restrictions:  

  • Year 2 Entry: Students can complete one short (4-month) work term and one work term of 8, 12 or 16 months; or one long immersive work term with one employer to a maximum of 16 months.  
  • Year 3 Entry: Students can complete one short (4-month) work term and one work term of 8 or 12 months; or one long immersive work term to a maximum of 16 months.
  • Students must return to full-time study after their final work term.  Students returning for only one term must be enrolled in at least 1.5 credits in that term.
  • Students will only be allowed to complete a 4-month work term in the summer term.
  • Students will not be able to compete for additional jobs through the ASIP job board after 12 months of work experience has been completed.  
  • Students will be able to compete for a maximum of two work term opportunities through the ASIP job board.   
  • New work terms will begin in the Summer or Fall terms only.  
  • Students are not normally eligible to enrol in courses while participating in their work terms. Students who wish to take courses must request the approval of their employer and the ELOS office, and approval may be granted for no more than one 0.5 credit course for each of the Fall term, Winter term, or Summer session. 

Students will be considered full-time students while completing their work terms. The expectation is that all students joining ASIP in Year 2 will attempt to secure a 4-month work term in the summer between Year 2 and Year 3. Students who are unsuccessful in securing a work term will still be able to remain in the program and compete for work terms in the year between Year 3 and Year 5. During the summer between Year 2 and Year 3, these students may choose to take additional courses to accelerate their time to graduation, or work in jobs that would not otherwise be eligible for ASIP (i.e. part-time and/or unpaid).  

Mandatory Professional Development Courses

Course Title

Year 2 Entry

Year 3 Entry

A&S Internship Program: Maximizing Your Experience

PDC220H1

Fall Term, Year 2

PDC230H1

Fall Term, Year 3

A&S Internship Program: Essential Skills for ASIP Success

PDC221H1

Winter Term, Year 2

PDC231H1

Winter Term, Year 3

A&S Internship Program: Professional Skill Development I

PDC320H1

Fall Term, Year 3

PDC330H1

Fall Term, Year 3

A&S Internship Program: Professional Skill Development II

PDC321H1

Winter Term, Year 3

PDC331H1

Winter Term, Year 3

Work Terms

Students must complete a minimum of 12 months of work experience. Each 4-month work block will be coded as follows:

Year 2 Entry

Year 3 Entry

INT200H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

 

INT300H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

INT301H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

INT400H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

INT401H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

INT450H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

INT451H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

INT470H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

INT471H1: A&S Internship Program: Professional Work Term

Mandatory Fees

The total cost to participate in ASIP is $3600, paid over 6 installments. Ancillary fees of $450 will be assessed on each Professional Development work term course, while the final two payments will be assessed on the first two work terms between Year 3 and Year 5.

Year 2 Entry

Year 3 Entry

Ancillary Fee

Course

Ancillary Fee

Course

$450

PDC220H1

$450

PDC230H1

$450

PDC221H1

$450

PDC231H1

$450

PDC320H1

$450

PDC330H1

$450

PDC321H1

$450

PDC331H1

$900

INT300H1

$900

INT301H1

$900

INT400H1

$900

INT401H1

$3600

TOTAL

$3600

TOTAL