Ottawa is home to a large array of cultural institutions and organizations, and we put that advantage to work for our students. Students are offered the opportunity to spend time working for organizations related to their studies and their interests (for example, Parks Canada and the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada), and receive academic credit in return. This ‘Practicum’ program provides invaluable ‘real-world’ experience for students, expanding their network of contacts and enhancing their résumés.

If you are interested in participating in the Practicum program, please contact Michael Windover for more information at

All Carleton University students who are participating in unpaid placements that are part of their course requirements must fill out the two forms below.Please note: If you are not a registered student, you are not eligible for insurance coverage.

Step 1: Students must print and complete both forms:

Unpaid Placements – Letter to Placement Employers

Unpaid Placements – Student Declaration of Understanding and Agreement

Step 2: Students must return the signed forms to their departmental co-ordinator no later than Oct. 15 (fall term), Feb. 15 (winter term) and June 15 (summer term).

Step 3: Students must obtain health and safety training from their placement employer.

Step 4: Questions about these forms, should be directed to students’ departmental co-ordinators: Caroline Karasiuk (Undergraduate Administrator) or Barbara Shannon (Graduate Administrator)

Please report any health and safety concerns related to unpaid work placements to your departmental co-ordinator and Tony Lackey, Director of Risk and Insurance at Carleton University.