Factors that Promote the Effectiveness of Internships for Internationally Qualified Professionals

This project will explore factors that contribute to the benefits of internships for internationally qualified professionals in terms of improving these essential immigrants' integration into the Canadian labour market. The project involves a partnership between Career Edge (a non-profit organization that arranges paid internships for internationally qualified professionals and Canadian individuals), the University of Western Ontario and York University, and will utilize an online survey and follow-up interviews to achieve its goals. The final products will include a report and presentation to Career Edge describing the research findings and providing recommendations for optimizing the internships that they coordinate. Given the broad relevance of the findings, we will also write the research up for publication in a peer reviewed journal and present the findings at relevant conferences.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Victoria Esses


Rui Zhang


Career Edge




Service industry


Western University



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