Internship Pillars of Success
Each intern is assigned a coach/mentor to help with their development
Interns are provided with industry insights and knowledge from experienced professionals
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)
Interns work on real projects and campaigns to gain valuable and practical work experience
Interns are introduced to other professionals within the organization and industry
Coaching & Mentoring
/kōCHiNG/ & /ˈmenˌtôriNG,ˈmenˌtəriNG/
Helping and giving advice to a younger or less experienced person
Career Edge employers assign their intern a coach/mentor who will provide guidance and support throughout the internship, offer regular and constructive feedback, help overcome challenges and difficulties, and is dedicated to the intern’s professional growth, development, and success.
“Jonathan made it evident that I was a vital part of the team…Instead of brewing up coffee, I’m brewing up new ideas, and with the support and guidance of my mentor and senior manager, Jonathan Joseph, I see an exciting future for myself.”
— Tania Halteh, Merchandising Coordinator at Virgin Mobile Canada, on her mentor Jonathan Jospeh.
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)
Learning from experiences in educational and practice settings
Understanding that internships are not about fetching coffee, Career Edge employers offer their interns opportunities to collaborate with the full-time team members on real projects and campaigns that affect the organization’s success, as well as allows the intern to gain valuable skills and experience. The intern is just as involved in and dedicated to achieving the team’s, department’s, and organization’s goals and objectives as permanent team members.
“Over the six months of the program, we expanded [Tahmina’s] role to include more complex development tasks, and a higher level of responsibility – she was able to complete any task I gave to her. By the time the internship was completed, she had become an important member of our development team.”
– Daryl Smith, Director of Digital Operations and Infrastructure at LifeSpeak, on his intern Tahmina Naznen.
Sharing or distributing knowledge, skills and behaviors
With their many years of industry experience, Career Edge mentors provide their interns with valuable insights on their job functions, industries, and organizations, allowing their interns to develop a deeper, more valued understanding and knowledge-base on their fields of interest. At the same time, interns offer their mentors knowledge on the latest trends, advancements, technologies within their sectors.
“With [Kevin’s] technology knowledge, our department was able to automate most of the day-to-day process and enabled us to save around 100 hours each month. As
a result of Kevin’s great work we have extended a permanent offer of employment.”
— Marino Rajasingham, Senior Manager, Financial Controls at RBC, on his intern Kevin Echevarria
Connecting with other people to develop mutually beneficial relationships
Career Edge mentors provide their interns with many opportunities to build their professional networks, whether its introducing them to other business leaders within the organization or encouraging their interns’ participation in coffee chats, professional development conferences, and other networking events. Through this, mentors strive to ensure their intern is set up for a successful career transition.
“The experience Vathsala gained and the networking within RBC was dual-sided; we provided an opportunity to an up and coming employee and received an outstanding worker who assisted with a resourcing gap within the department who…was offered full-time once her contract was completed and continues to be a top performer.”
– Stacie Celinscak, Department Manager – Lease Transaction Management at RBC, on her intern Vathsala Carvalho