UBC offers a foreign student internship at its UBC-based office
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver-based university students have a new option to host their own internships.
UBC says it has partnered with the university to offer its students the chance to work on its international exchange students program.
The university says this new service will allow students to get up-close and personal with their own Canadian exchange students as they go through their first year at the university.
The service will also offer an opportunity for students to earn some valuable work experience while they are in the process of applying for Canadian student visas.
“For UBC students who have not yet received their Canadian student visa, this is an opportunity to work with other students, with the support of the university,” says UBC’s Chief Information Officer, Brian Lohse.
“We want to be able to help students gain the skills they need to become successful Canadians.”
Students from the UBC International Student Exchange program will receive a full-time, paid internship, which will last six months and will involve three to six weeks of paid work.
The full- time internship is expected to cover all of the students’ first year, while the part-time internship will cover the second, third and fourth years.
The UBC Canada Exchange Program is a voluntary, unpaid internship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The program is designed to allow exchange students to gain valuable skills and experience while in Canada.
For UBC, the international exchange program is being expanded with the opening of the UB Centre for International Student Development, which is expected be the first UBC facility in Canada to have its own staff.
UB said it plans to hire up to 50 full- and part- time staff members in its new facility and is working to secure a partner in the United States.
For now, UBC will offer a free “full-time” internship for its international students.
The first-year program will offer up to $2,000 in tuition credits for students who complete the required coursework and are enrolled in at least one full- or part-day study program.
U.K.-based university student Joanna McBride, who is studying in the UBS-funded UBC Centre for Global Business and the UBE Centre for Financial Innovation, says she’s excited to have the option to work full–time on a project.
“I’m really excited about working with UBC as they’ve been so supportive of me and the way I’ve worked with them,” says McBride.
“They’ve been great to me.
They have been great about taking my work in and making sure that I get the right advice and support.
They are just incredibly supportive of what I’ve been doing.”
For the past five years, students have had a number of options to host an international exchange student program, including working remotely, attending conferences or volunteering for the exchange program.
“It’s always been an option for students, but it was never like this.
UBS is the first to provide an international student internship,” says Joanna Lohsse, UBS Chief Information Office, in a statement.
“There are so many great reasons why international students want to study here at UBC.
They want to work in an environment where they can have a great work experience and meet a lot of amazing people.”
Joanna says she hopes that UBC can continue to offer her the option of working on projects that will make a difference in their lives.
“Working at UBS can be really rewarding.
There are so much more opportunities and so many different ways that you can get involved in UBS.
I think that’s what it’s all about for us, is making sure students are aware of all of that,” she says.