Prepare for life after graduation with a unique skills development + work-integrated learning (WIL) experience
To be eligible for Humanities+, you must meet all of the following criteria:
Be an undergraduate student enrolled in a Humanities-based program at Concordia, including Art History and Film Studies.
Have completed at least 30 credits by January 2022.
Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (international students are unfortunately not eligible).
Have access to a computer and reliable internet connection.
Be able to commit to 50 hours of scheduled skills training from February to May 2022 (see schedule below).
Be able to commit to a paid 200-hour summer work-integrated learning experience (i.e., an internship) from May to August 2022.
Humanities+ comprises four zero-credit courses designed to support you in developing your digital, professional, and work placement skills:
- SKIL 401 Digital Skills
- SKIL 402 Professional Skills
- SKIL 403 Placement Skills
- SKIL 404 Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Experience
Each successfully completed course will appear on your official academic transcript. Upon successful completion of the entire program, “Humanities+” will appear on your official academic transcript as well.
The program is delivered in three phases over the winter and summer semesters.
Phase 1 | SKIL 402 & SKIL 403 – Professional & Placement Skills
February 16 to April 8, 2022 (7 weeks of workshops )
Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
These two courses are delivered synchronously and include four hours of online workshops plus one hour of preparatory activities each week (i.e., five hours per week), over a course of seven weeks. Through these courses, you will acquire the necessary skills and support to successfully apply to, interview for, and engage in a summer work-integrated learning (WIL) experience for SKIL 404. You will also develop an individualized learning plan for ongoing skills development, which will serve as a roadmap for the remainder of the program.
Example Workshop Topics*
|SKIL 402 – Professional Skills||SKIL 403 – Placement Skills|
|Self-Organization & Time Management
||Networking: In-person & Online|
|Communicating in a Professional Setting||Job Search Strategies
|Conflict Management & Negotiation||Resumes & Cover Letters|
|Giving & Receiving Feedback||Interviewing|
|Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) in the Workplace||Leveraging LinkedIn|
*Please note these topics are subject to change.
Phase 2 | SKIL 401 – Digital Skills
May 2 – 6, 2022 (1 week)
Daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This course is delivered over an intensive one-week period (20 hours total) and includes targeted digital skills training (e.g., Excel, visualization tools) alongside program-supported, self-directed learning activities informed by your individualized learning plan (developed in Phase 1.)
Professional & Placement Skills
|Wk||Dates||Wednesdays | 4–6 PM||Fridays | 1:30–3:30 PM||Weekly Prep Activities|
|Wk 1||Feb 16 & 18||SKIL 403||SKIL 403||1hr|
|Wk 2||Feb 23 & 25||SKIL 403||SKIL 403||1hr|
|Wk 3||Mar 9 & 11||SKIL 403||SKIL 403||1hr|
|Wk 4||Mar 16 & 18||SKIL 403||SKIL 402||1hr|
|Wk 5||Mar 23 & 25||SKIL 402||SKIL 402||1hr|
|Wk 6||Mar 30 & Apr 1||SKIL 402||SKIL 402||1hr|
|Wk 7||Apr 6 & 8||SKIL 402||SKIL 402||1hr|
|Wk||Dates||10–12 PM||1:30–3:30 PM|
|Wk 8||May 2||SKIL 401||SKIL 401|
|May 3||SKIL 401||SKIL 401|
|May 4||SKIL 401||SKIL 401|
|May 5||SKIL 401||SKIL 401|
|May 6||SKIL 401||SKIL 401|
Phase 3 | SKIL 404 – Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Experience
May to August, 2021. (Specific internship start & end dates can vary)
This course consists of a summer-long, paid, 200-hour WIL experience (i.e., an internship), as well as reflection activities to support your ongoing growth and development.
Please note that we do not provide or guarantee internships. You will search for and apply to internships with the skills you acquire in Phase 1 & 2, and with the support of the H+ team and your peers. The H+ team will also make a growing pool of curated opportunities available to you and your peers.
Incorporated into the experience is a Skill-Development Curriculum developed by the Future Skills Innovation Network (FUSION). The online course includes 10 hours of self-directed learning designed to enhance your development in three critical 21st century skill domains: metacognition, communication and problem solving.
Additional program component
Humanities+ will provide you with access to the CliftonStrengths assessment as a tool to increase your self-awareness — an essential component of lifelong personal and professional development — and support you in your ongoing skill development throughout the program.
Application & Selection Process
Spaces are limited. If you meet the program’s eligibility requirements, you are invited to engage in the application process as follows:
Step #1: Application – Complete the online application form to secure one of 50 seats in the program. Deadline to apply HAS BEEN EXTENDED to January 30th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Step #2: Selection – Successful candidates will be notified via email the week of Feb 7th, 2022.
Yes. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible to apply.
No tuition fees are applied to the Humanities+ program, but some registration fees apply. Please refer to point 4, Compulsory fees on the Concordia Fees webpage.
I.e.: all students pay a $27.50 registration fee for each semester in which they are registered in courses (credited or non-credit). Most students will have already paid this for the winter semester. Given SKIL 401 and SKIL 404 take place during the summer semester, this means all students will incur a summer registration fee to participate in these courses of the Humanities+ program.
Yes, you are still eligible. However, if you are successful in your application, you must immediately cancel your application to graduate by contacting the Office of the Registrar (please refer to the email you have received from the Registrar’s office regarding applying for graduation). You will then need to re-apply for graduation, for the following graduation period (.e., fall).
Each week will include a set of reflection questions along with other activities that feed into workshop discussions and content. Some possible examples include completing the CliftonStrengths assessment, setting up a LinkedIn account, finding current job postings that match your career interests, and conducting a career informational interview.
You will be expected to communicate an expected absence with the program director as soon as you become aware of it. After more than one absence, you will be invited to have a conversation with the program director regarding your participation and to see if additional support and/or accommodations are needed to ensure your commitment and success.
Students who can fully commit to the program will be given priority of acceptance into Humanities+. Should spaces remain, those who are unable to commit to the summer internship may be considered. These students would receive credit for the completed SKIL courses and only these courses would show on the official academic transcript (not “Humanities+”, as a fully completed program).
In the event that you cannot complete all of the Humanities+ SKIL courses, your transcript will not show “Humanities+” as a program. However, any of the SKIL courses you do successfully complete will appear on your transcript as single courses (e.g. “SKIL 401 Digital Skills”). See Program Structure, above, for more details on the SKIL courses.
The goal of Humanities+ is to support your growth and development, which includes learning through the process of searching and applying for internship opportunities. In order to secure an internship, you will need to actively carry out this process, applying skills acquired through Phase 1 & 2 of the program, and with the support of the H+ team and your peers. An internship is not guaranteed, but we will do everything we can to help you succeed in this effort.
The H+ team will share a curated list of opportunities with students throughout the duration of the program, including some opportunities that will be exclusive to the cohort. However, please note that no guarantees can be made as to whether these opportunities will align with your interests, or that you will be selected.
This is great! If you are accepted into the program and there is a specific employer that you are in touch with who would like to hire you for a paid internship, you are encouraged to communicate this to the Humanities+ Placement Coordinator as early as possible so they can work with you and the employer to ensure that you will have an opportunity that aligns with the requirements for Humanities+ employer partners.
French proficiency is NOT a requirement for participation in the H+ program.
If you are looking for an internship in Québec, proficiency in French is certainly a big asset. Work and internship opportunities do exist in Québec for unilingual anglophones, but these can be difficult to find. If you plan on staying in Montréal or Québec post-graduation, developing the ability to communicate in French is important, and there are many programs which can help with this.
If you do not speak French and / or do not anticipate staying in Montréal or Québec post-graduation, you may want to include in your internship search in-person OR 100% remote opportunities with employers in other provinces in Canada. It is not unusual for a student to spend a few months in another part of the country, pursuing an internship of relevance to them. If you wish to do this, we will do what we can to support and accommodate you. We are very much open to working with any employer, regardless of their location in Canada.