Mandatory Safety Training for Student Interns The law requires mandatory environmental health and safety awareness training for both paid and unpaid workers, this includes students interns. Employers must take the following steps to ensure interns are entering safe external placements and that the risks are fully understood by all parties. For additional information please refer to Ryerson's Standard Placement Agreement.
Insurance WSIB coverage is available for paid interns through their placement employer.
Site-Specific Training As a legal requirement under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, it is mandatory that external placement employers provide site-specific safety training to their interns. In addition, employers also need to complete a Placement Employer Safety Orientation Checklist with the intern on the first day of placement. The intern will need to sign the checklist to confirm that they have received the training. Once completed, please send it to email@example.com.
EHS Awareness eLearning Module Ryerson students placed as interns with external employers are required to complete basic online training to stay safe and informed in the workplace. The EHS Awareness eLearning module will prepare interns to be safe and informed in the workplace, providing students with the tools they need to understand their rights and responsibilities as an employee in Ontario. Please note that this course is not a replacement for the placement employer’s mandatory, site-specific training. This training was created in compliance with Ontario MOL Regulation 297/13.
Internships can be beneficial and satisfying to both the interns and the supervisors when the internship includes:
An orientation to the organization, its “culture” and their work assignments.
Professional career-related work experiences, with increasing amounts of responsibility as the intern progresses.
Assisting the student in developing and achieving learning goals and objectives.
Good communication between intern and supervisor and consistent supervision and feedback.
An on-site visit by the Internship Coordinator, depending on the location.
Communicate with the Internship Assistant with regard to any questions which may arise about the student during his/her internship.
When necessary, to inform the Internship Coordinator in the event of a student not showing up, beginning later, or terminating the internship prematurely.
Completion of written evaluations at the end of a student’s placement.
The supervisor evaluation will be emailed to you by the Internship Assistant.
Provide a position description and student job title. Explain specific duties, responsibilities, and reporting relationships.
Explain the goals, functions, or services of the organization. Provide organizational information on the company, the department, and any appropriate human resources policies.
It is highly encouraged to have a discussion about ethical issues (including discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment) and the way any problems should be reported.
Determine the student’s work schedule and make the necessary physical arrangements for workspace.
Give the student a tour of the office or plant. Introduce co-workers and point out supplies, resources, and basic office procedures.
Some interns, based on personality and culture, may need coaching on people interaction.
Clarify what is expected with respect to deadlines, dress, quality of work, degree of independence, and confidentiality.
Schedule a regular weekly meeting to go over assignments, answer questions, evaluate work, and suggest how the student could improve. Adjust the level of responsibility and possibly add new paths or additional training as needed.
Periodically discussing the student’s goals and objectives to assist both of you in gauging progress. New goals may need to be set as responsibilities increase.
If possible, provide the student an opportunity to attend activities, meetings, and other networking opportunities.
Discuss career opportunities in the field, appropriate preparatory work, etc., with the intern.
Supervisor Evaluation Process
The Internship Program oversees the Supervisor Evaluation Process with the employer for each student on a department approved internship work term. The evaluation of an intern’s performance will determine the student’s Pass/Fail grade at the end of a work term. The supervisor’s feedback contributes to a student's final grade. If your organization has their own evaluation forms, these will be accepted in place of the CIP form.
It is the student's responsibility to coordinate and follow up with his/her supervisor to ensure your evaluation is submitted.