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Work Integrated Learning

Information for prospective employers

The opportunity

As an employer in the world’s fastest growing industry, you have positions to fill. Positions that require candidates who can do more than just get the job done.

What you need are people with the right combination of cutting edge knowledge and practical experience. People with the skills and diplomacy to ease comfortably into your organization. People with the talent to help your business make inroads into the new economy.

It's a tall order.  We're up to the challenge.

The benefits

The Work Experience Program at SAIT's School of ICT offers you:

  • Access to motivated, skilled and productive candidates.
  • An opportunity to effectively evaluate potential permanent employees.
  • Savings on recruitment costs and improved retention, with an appropriate employment match.
  • A concentrated pool of experienced, talented professionals with which to maintain your competitive advantage in the marketplace.  

The candidates

Employers don't just need bodies. Students don't just need jobs. What everyone needs is the right fit.

Rest assured that when you hire a SAIT student, you're selecting a candidate trained by Calgary's premier polytechnic. SAIT students benefit from a quality curriculum, delivered by leading instructors, featuring a balanced academic diet of theory and hands-on practice. Who better to fill your human resource needs?

The programs

Meeting industry demand is what SAIT's School of  ICT programs are all about. We start with input from industry leaders. Add leading educators who are experts in their field. Introduce innovative delivery methods. Utilize only the latest technology — our facilities and equipment are state-of-the-art.

The end result: widely respected programs accredited by the government, professional organizations, software vendors and industry.

You are invited to choose from the following:

Practicum availability

Practicum Availability
Database Administrator May
Business Intelligence April and August
Object-Oriented Software Development April and October
Network Technician April and October
Technology Infrastructure Analyst May
Web Developer January and April

The process

  • Submit your work term position offering(s) to our IT Work Integrated Learning team. The position(s) will be posted at SAIT, the resumes collected and forwarded to you.
  • Select the students you wish to interview. SAIT will arrange interview times that are convenient for both you and your student candidates. Interviews may be conducted at your office, or on the SAIT campus, whichever is preferable.
  • Upon completion of the interview process, choose the candidate whom you feel best meets your organization's needs. SAIT will inform the student of his/her selection for the position.
  • Submit a letter of offer confirming employment. 

The expectation

We ask that you, the employer:

  • Use reasonable efforts to enable the student to receive broad exposure to the business carried on by the company at your facility.
  • Require the student to perform only such tasks as reasonably fall within the scope of the student's training and abilities.
  • Sign a straightforward practicum employment agreement outlining the above-mentioned responsibilities.
  • Complete a brief "Employer Work Term Evaluation Report" at the end of the work experience term.

Other ICT programs with practicums

The following ICT diploma programs also have practicum opportunities. Please click on the program title for a description of the program.  To find out more information about the program practicum, please email ICT.WIL@SAIT.ca.

Program and Facilitator Availability Conditions
Graphic Communications and Print Technology
January – April inclusive 1 week – unpaid
Film and Video Production
September – April inclusive 3 weeks – unpaid
Journalism - Photojournalism September – April inclusive 2 weeks each semester – unpaid
Journalism - Print Media
September – April inclusive 2 weeks each semester – unpaid
Library Information Technology
January – April inclusive 3 weeks – unpaid
New Media Production and Design
January – April inclusive 4 weeks (or 2 days per week up to entire semester) – unpaid
Radio, Television and Broadcast News - Broadcast News
January – April inclusive 4 weeks – unpaid
Radio, Television and Broadcast News - Radio
January – April inclusive 3 weeks – unpaid
Radio, Television, and Broadcast News - Television
January – April inclusive 3 weeks – unpaid

Who to Contact

Autumn Heinze
Work Integrated Learning Coordinator 
School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)

1301 - 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB T2M 0L4
Phone: 403.284.8685 
Fax: 403.210.4523
Email:   ICT.WIL@SAIT.ca

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