Ishita Ghelani - “How to Hunt for an Internship in Canada”


Ishita Ghelani

Ishita has left her home in India to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing Management at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Canada.

It’s that time of year again when students are either hunting for an internship, a summer job, or first job after graduation. Last year, when I was looking for an internship, I was very surprised to learn that, it typically takes anywhere from around 2-3 months to get hired for even an internship position in Canada. This is often because, the hiring process here is very systematic and the hiring managers often do a thorough background check by contacting your previous employers irrespective of where in the world you may have worked previously.

As my program at Humber College is coming to an end, it is time for me to put together and use all the amazing tips given to me by my very knowledgeable professors. If you are looking for an internship or a job for the first time in the Canadian Job Market then, do try some of the tips listed below as they might help smooth out your process:


“As my program at Humber College is coming to an end  …”

1.    Shortlist your Top 10 companies: Before starting your search, identify the type of industry you are interested in working in. Based on that decision, shortlist the top companies. I usually divide these companies into three different categories – ambitious, moderate, and safe.  This process always helps me set realistic goals and expectations for my search process as by the end of it, I always know in which companies getting a job is ambitious and in which company there is higher possibility of getting hired, etc.

2.    Select Roles: Once you have shortlisted a specific industry and companies where you would want to work, start shortlisting the types of roles you would enjoy. For instance, if you are interested in working in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies, then find out what department you would want to work in: marketing, operations, finance, etc. Once you know you want to work in the marketing department, find out what roles there are in that department such as brand manager, product manager, etc.