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Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning enhances your employability by bridging the gap between theory and practice. By applying what you learn in the classroom to real-world work environments, you develop essential skills, expand your professional network and gain a competitive edge in the job market.

What is Work-Integrated Learning 

Olds College adopts the following definition (based on the Co-Operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) definition and the Alberta Post-Secondary Programs (2020) definition):

Work-integrated learning is a model and process of curricular experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies within a workplace or practice setting and meets all of the criteria listed below. WIL experiences include an engaged partnership of at least: an academic institution, a host organization (which may be the post-secondary institution), and a student. WIL can be included at the course or program level and includes the development of learning outcomes related to employability, personal agency and life-long learning.

Are you eager to gain practical experience and kick-start your career while still in college?

As you embark on your academic journey, remember to explore the requirements of your program to discover the exciting WIL opportunities that have been incorporated into your curriculum.

Ready to dive in? Don't forget to check out our internal job board where you can discover a multitude of WIL opportunities tailored to your field of study. Your journey to a successful career starts here!

View the Student Job Board (OCWORKS)

* Please note that while we strive to provide a comprehensive listing of opportunities on our internal job board, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to evaluate each opportunity and conduct thorough research before applying.

Information for Employers

Are you looking to tap into a pool of talented, motivated students eager to contribute to your organization?

Consider the benefits of hosting work-integrated learning (WIL) activities. By participating in our WIL programs, you not only gain access to enthusiastic students with fresh perspectives, but you also play a crucial role in shaping the future workforce.

Why should you prioritize WIL?

Not only does it provide you with a pipeline of skilled talent, but it also allows you to engage with the academic community, stay ahead of industry trends and foster innovation within your organization. Government funding and incentives may be available to support WIL initiatives and promote student participation in work-integrated learning experiences.

Ready to make an impact?

Reach out to us today to explore how you can get involved in our WIL programs — an internship opportunity, a capstone project, the possibilities are endless. Let's empower the next generation of professionals! Don't forget to check out our internal job board for access to top-tier student talent eager to embark on WIL experiences with your organization.

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