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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. Non-profit organizations (NPOs) will gain strategic decision-making and implementation skills, and students will gain practical work experience.

The London Life Ivey Connects Community Internship Program began in 2005 and has funded 73 non-profit internships 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 or fourth-year university students completing their Honours 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.


Non-profit Organization Applications

Applications for NPOs interested in participating in the Ivey Connects Community Internship Program are now open. Please submit your applications to by Friday, November 6, 2020 with CANADA LIFE INTERNSHIP as the subject line.

For additional inquiries, please contact, or reach out individually to Christine Elegado, Dorothy Zhao, or Arnica Wight.

Timeline of Application Process

Applications for NPOs are now live. Final decisions regarding NPO applicants awarded internship funding will be sent first in January 2021. 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 LEAP internship has opened up a wide range of career paths and networks for me in the Toronto social impact space. Furthermore, as a dual degree student I was given the rare opportunity to combine my knowledge from my business and global development degrees to meaningfully shape how the Centre works with Indigenous-focused charities. I strongly encourage other compassionate leaders to use their business rigour to create change through an Ivey Connects internship!"

LEAP Centre for Social Impact 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