What is an International Placement?

A placement is a for-credit work option which is normally unpaid. Placements must be global and international. Normally this means the placement is with an organization outside of Canada, but it could also mean work with an organization based in Canada that works on global and international issues.

There are two options for fulfilling this requirement:
1) with partner organizations with which BGInS has a signed Affiliation Agreement
2) with organizations identified by the student themselves.

Normally, students doing an international placement register under the course code GINS 3900, International Placement.  Students doing an international placement in Africa may also register under the course code AFRI 3900, Placement; please contact the Institute of African Studies for more information about this course.  Students registered in the Global Politics Specialization, and who have a 9.0 overall CGPA, are eligible to apply for GPOL 3100, Internship in Global Politics, for which special rules and timelines apply.

The full list of partner organizations with which BGInS has signed Affiliation Agreements is only available to eligible BGInS students who are applying to the international placement option (see below for application procedures).  Here is a sample list of some of the partner organizations which offer international placements for BGInS students.

Students considering this option will normally go on placement during the Summer term, although it is also possible to do a placement in the Fall or Winter terms. Placements are normally a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks equivalent full-time work (35 hours per week).

Academic Requirements: GINS 3900
Course Evaluation
Full – time undergraduate student Student has both an academic supervisor and an on-site workplace supervisor.
Minimum of 3rd year standing (2nd year
or higher standing during time of application)
Before the placement, student must sign a contract with both supervisors agreeing on the learning objectives for the placement, and specifying the workplace products and academic requirements for the placement.
Minimum overall CGPA of 7.0 Grade will be assigned by academic supervisor, taking account of both the evaluation report from the workplace supervisor and the academic requirements produced.

Applying to GINS 3900, International Placement

The application cycle for the 2017 – 2018 academic year will open on November 7, 2016. The deadline to apply to the placement option is December 7, 2016. No late applications will be accepted.  Students will be informed mid-December whether they have been accepted into the placement option.  Early in the Winter term, students accepted into the placement option will then be eligible to begin applying to specific placement opportunities with specific organizations. Application decisions will be available mid – February, and you will be notified of the decision through your Carleton email.

Application procedures for GINS 3900, International Placement can be found here.

Dates and Deadlines for 2016/17

Multiple Dates in September, October, November and December: Placement Information Sessions. Some sessions will be general sessions about the placement option. Other sessions will be given either on campus or on line by prospective employers.
November 7, 2016: Applications to take part in the placement program open
December 7, 2016: Applications to take part in the placement program closes
December 20th 2016: Notification of your acceptance into the placement program
January 4th: Begin securing a placement
February 15th: Last date for securing placement
Feb 1- March 30 – preparation (Visa, passport, apply for funding, travel arrangements)
April 2017: Pre-departure Information Session
Summer 2017: Placement overseas

The pre-departure information session for students doing a placement in Summer 2017 was held April 6, 2017.  Here are the 4 slide decks for the presentations made that day:

Required Documentation

Note: Only students who have received written confirmation that they have been accepted into the placement option should submit these forms..

Primary Contact:
Orlaith McCaul,
International Exchange Manager BGInS
Phone 613 520 2600 ext 7528