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Community Internship Program

What is the Ivey Connects Community Internship Program?

The Ivey Connects Community Internship Program is designed to give business students greater awareness of how the community sector operates by giving them an opportunity to work over the summer for a not-for-profit organization in the Toronto or London regions. NPOs will gain strategic decision-making and implementation, and students will gain practical work experience.

The London Life Ivey Connects Community Internship Program began in 2005 and has funded 40 non-profit internships in London to date. In 2013, we were proud to announce the inaugural year of the Great-West Life, London Life & Canada Life Ivey Connects Community Internship Program in Toronto.

Who are Student Interns? 

Student interns are third-year university students completing their Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree at the Ivey Business School, one of Canada’s top business schools. Previous work experiences from students range from accounting to marketing to finance functions.

NPO Applications Now OPEN

Applications are due on October 27th at 11:59 pm, and must be submitted to both Nikki Kwan at and Shefali Sood at

Should you have any questions or would like further guidance in filling out the application, please feel free to reach out to either Nikki or Shefali.

Timeline of Application Process

Final decisions regarding NPO applicants awarded internship funding will be sent first in January. Internship opportunities will be posted on Ivey’s Career Management website in February. An information session will be hosted on campus to introduce NPO representatives to Ivey student applicants soon after. All student applications will be forwarded to the non-profit contact to screen applicants and conduct interviews with candidates. Historically, interviews have been conducted in early to mid February and candidates have been notified of their application status by late February to early March. The interview method will be determined by hiring NPOs.

Testimonials from Previous Participants

"My role was to create a 3 year strategic plan for the organization. Within my position I had a great deal of autonomy and was able to collect and analyze data, meet with managers/directors, and work on projects within the organization as I saw fit."

- Salvation Army Centre of Hope Summer Intern

"The internship program provides participating organizations with the opportunity to have access to local expertise with a fresh perspective providing valuable insight into the operation of the organization."

- Elgin Oxford Middlesex Workforce Planning
and Development Board