Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) Internship Program

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The Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) Internship Program provides you with an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge you’ve gained in your academic studies to the work place through a full time, paid 4, 8, 12 or 16 month internship experience. Internship placements begin in January, May or September and are available representing a variety of backgrounds such as Agriculture, Ag and Food Business Management, Animal Health, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Forest Business Management, Human Ecology, Nutrition and Food Science.


Why participate in an Internship?

  • Apply the skills that you learn at University in a workplace setting
  • Gain valuable experience and contacts in your future profession
  • Develop interpersonal and professional skills to help make you an employable graduate
  • Explore and evaluate future employment opportunities
  • Receive career development support from the U of A Career Centre.
  • Earn an income
  • Get a head start in your career!

Support you will receive:

  • Direct notice about new internship opportunities from the  U of A Career Centre
  • Career education and development opportunities offered by the  U of A Career Centre
  • Regular communication and support  from the program (e-mail, phone check-ins, and site visit) throughout your internship

Application Instructions:

Complete application packages must include the following:

  • ALES Internship program online application form
  • Cover Letter – clearly indicate why you want to participate in the Internship Program; why you feel you would be a good candidate for the Internship Program; the skills and experience you have that would make you valuable intern, how you feel the Internship Program may impact your future career goals; the career, industry or employment sector(s) that you are most interested in; and the skills that you hope to develop during your work experience. (1 page Business Format)
  • A copy of your current resume
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript (this can be obtained from Bear Tracks)


For more information, contact Tonya Whelan, Work Experience Coordinator at:


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Program Application

Please fill out the form below to apply to the Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) Internship Program.
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Terms and Conditions

ALES Internship Program Terms and Conditions:

The following are terms and conditions of the ALES Internship Program (ALES IP). To complete your application you must read and agree to the following terms and conditions. 

I understand and agree to comply with all of the following terms and conditions: 

Communication with ALES IP staff: 

  • Maintain close contact with ALES IP staff, using your University of Alberta email account as this is the primary way you will be contacted about job postings, interviews, offers of employment and other important notices. 
  • Respond to email and phone messages from ALES IP staff in a timely manner. 
  • Inform ALES IP staff immediately should your work/academic status change. 


  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing as specified by your program.
  • Understand that participation in the ALES IP may require a degree extension.
  • End your degree on an academic term* (some exceptions may apply) 

Enrollment Phase: 

  • Complete pre-employment career education sessions. 

Job Search Phase: 

  • Understand that it is ultimately your responsibility to secure a work term and that ALES IP staff do not guarantee that work terms will be secured. 
  • Participate actively and fully in the job search process. It is understood that an application for a position indicates serious intent.
  • Employ flexibility while in job search phase in terms of position preference. 
  • Practice professionalism at all times.
  • Consult ALES IP staff to have positions approved for internship terms that are the result of independent work search. 
  • Provide accurate information in your application packages, in interviews and in networking opportunities with employers. 

Work Term Phase:

  • Represent the University of Alberta and Faculty of ALES well by being a professional and motivated employee. 
  • Inform ALES IP staff upon receiving an offer of employment from an employer. 
  • Agree to pay tuition and non-instructional fees associated with work terms. See Office of the Registrar for more details. 
  • Honor the acceptance and agreed upon terms of your work term contract as outlined by your employer.
  • Make a commitment to complete your work experience term, once you have signed your employment offer. 
  • Create and work towards fulfilling your identified Learning Objectives
  • Participate actively in the eClass component of your work term. 
  • Communicate with your supervisor and/or ALES IP staff as soon as possible should a workplace concern arise. 
  • Contact ALES IP staff immediately should you wish to withdraw from a work term. 

Evaluation Phase: 

  • Participate actively and fully in the evaluation process of the program (employer feedback, site visit, final assignments and evaluations). 

Information Release: 

  • My personal information and final assignments can be shared with staff at the Faculty of ALES and the U of A Career Centre. 

Protection of Privacy: 

The personal information requested on this form is collected under the authority of Section 33 (c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be protected under Part 2 of that Act. It will be used for the purpose of administering the ALES Internship Program. Direct any questions about this collection to Tonya Whelan, Work Experience Coordinator at

Through acknowledgement of these terms and in submitting your application, you are confirming that you understand and agree to comply with all the statements within these Terms and Conditions. You certify that the information in this application is true and complete in all respects and that no relevant information was withheld. You understand that any misrepresentation or failure to comply with these terms and conditions may be cause for denial or removal from the ALES Internship Program.