Columbia launches paid externship program

April 7, 2021
International students at Columbia College will now have the opportunity to participate in paid work experience with non-profit organizations, thanks to the launch of a paid externship program. The Community Connections program, which Columbia says is the first program of its kind at a university transfer college, recently completed a pilot where students held placements at five local partner organizations. The College pays for the employment costs of student placements through the program. “One of the barriers facing aspiring students from around the world for successful participation in the Canadian economy is opportunities for work experience,” said Mark Friesen, Executive Director of community and charitable programming at the College. “With a mission to equip students to make a positive impact on communities, it’s very important for the College to expose our students to the non-profit sector.” Columbia College (BC)