Communications Work Placement

CMNS 498

Run date: May 2nd 2017 - June 30th 2017


You're In Good Company

Joey Resturants
Electronic Arts
Mountain Equipment Coop
Joe Fresh
Plenty of Fish
Four Seasons
Why do it

Project Examples

A third- or fourth-year communications student will work with your organization for 240 hours of work experience, full time for 6-8 weeks or part time over a longer period. Communication degree students are able to tackle a number of tasks for your organization including research, writing, social networking, public and media relations, event planning and management, and strategic communications plans.



The students' deliverable will be up to the hosting organization to define, but must be meaningful, communications-related work.

Skills To Be Demonstrated

writingpublic relations
Competitive Advantage

Competitive Advantage

You'll gain an unparalleled opportunity to evaluate future talent -- learning what they can bring to the table and what skills they have before you hire them to reduce onboarding costs and time.

Brand awareness

Brand Presence

Today's talent are tomorrow's managers, entrepreneurs, decision makers, and consumers of your products -- so capture their attention early on by engaging with them in an authentic way.

Millennial insight

Next Generation Insights

Gain a fresh perspective from top emerging talent by giving Millennials hands-on experience to find value for your organization.

Build Relationships

Build Relationships

Build strong relationships at local schools and with their students to ensure that you hire for cultural fit, while improving your community.


  • Be available for a quick phone call with the instructor to make sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Present to a Communications class at Capilano during the Spring semester to introduce the organization to students
  • Provide (on a full or part-time basis) 240 hours of meaningful, communications-related work experience
  • Provide mentorship and supervision as needed.
  • Complete a short questionnaire confirming the students' hours worked and work completed.
  • Provide a Riipen skill rating on student performance upon completion of the project.
  • Create a free organizational profile on Riipen (if you do not already have one).
  • Complete a 30-second exit survey.
  • Pay a $500.00 participation fee to Riipen if approved by the instructor and successfully matched to students.