Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: KINGSTON

Careers start with experience. Experience starts with opportunity. Opportunity starts HERE.


Queen's Arts and Science has partnered with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation to match soon-to-be graduating undergraduate arts and humanities students, such as yourself, with local employers to jump start your career in the summer. The program consists of a one-year, salary paid, career apprenticeship in beautiful Kingston Ontario, along with mentorship and networking opportunities to ensure your success long-term. Please note that, due to the pandemic, some 2021 positions may be remote.
2021 positions are still being confirmed. To be notified about new job postings as well as application deadlines, please sign up for email updates below.
You can also reach out to our Experiential Learning Coordinator at asc.el@queensu.ca if you have any questions about the program.
EmployerPositionAbout the PositionApplication Deadline
Rogers & Trainor Commercial Realty Inc. BrokerageExecutive Assistant

Candidates should be professional, polite, and attentive while also being accurate. They should always be prepared and responsive, willing to meet each challenge directly. Executive Assistants must have varied skill set and be comfortable with computers, general office tasks, and excel at both verbal and written communication. Most importantly, Executive Assistants should have a genuine desire to meet the needs of others. Your primary skill will be a superb organizational ability because you have to manage the Executives office, be flexible and possess outstanding problem-solving skills.

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April 16
Maureen McBratney, Sun Life FinancialAdministrative Assistant

In this role you will prepare client files, process insurance and investment business and most importantly develop, service and manage the client relationships through continuous communication.

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April 23
Sherlock's EscapesOperations Manager

Sherlock's is seeking an organized, self driven, and meticulous individual who will be responsible for managing the behind the scenes of the business.  Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills are essential as a majority of the position will require responding to the public regarding inquiries and issues.  It doesn't stop there though, you will also be required to manage the staff team in terms of ensuring the quality of our product and the smoothness of the staff schedule.  A varied skill set including a solid grounding in computers, general office tasks, basic construction/repair work, and exceptional problem solving skills are necessary for success in this position.

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April 23
Sherlock's EscapesDigital Media Coordinator 

 Sherlock's is seeking a self driven, creative, and talented individual to revolutionize the quality of what Sherlock's Escapes is putting out.  That's video, that's audio, that's photoshop, and more!  We want you to help us transform our social media marketing, spruce up our website with content, and help us to design new game elements that will be sure to blow the socks off of our customers.  A high work ethic that is intent on improvement as well as problem solving will fit in well here.  Thriving in our ever changing environment of puzzle creation, digital presence requirements, and customer satisfaction will require enthusiasm, attention to detail, and most of all, passion.

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April 23
Little Giant’s Rockin’ Dog TownManager of Operations & Social Media Director

This registered non-profit organization that is currently being established and you will play a major role in this. We expect to start accepting homeless dogs in late summer/early fall 2021.

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April 23
Cher-Mère Digital Media Coordinator 

The Digital Media Coordinator’s role is to design, create, and deliver marketing programs to support expansion and growth of Cher-Mère line of products and services. This role requires an in-depth knowledge of personal care products, specifically an asset within markets for people of colour. Proficiency in graphics, web advertising, social media and web development is a must. Familiarity with a wide range of field practices, concepts, and procedures is needed. Marketing specialists rely on judgment in planning and experience to accomplish identified goals.

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April 30
MaxSoldContent Writer

We are looking for a creative, inquisitive and organized individual to write, update, maintain and shape the direction and tone of our training and informational documentation for both internal and public use. 

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April 30
KinarmKnowledge Translation Apprentice

The ideal candidate will be an organized, communicative person who loves a challenge.  This new role will plan, coordinate, and implement a new knowledge translation project called: Kinarm Academy.  This is a new position, thus requiring someone who is comfortable in defining their role: working independently, as well as within a team. You are a great listener, have a passion for education/user training and the translation of science for the greater good.  You value openness, have high integrity, and can make good decisions.

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 April 30



Is the program open to distance learning student graduates?

Yes, being a distance learning studen does not exclude you from the program. If employers wish to facilitate phone appointments or skype interviews, this will be at their discretion. Most employers we have found are willing to be flexible.

Is program open to students that graduated this past Fall?

For this year, we will accept student applications from those that are graduating with an undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Science degree with a major in the Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, or Humanities during the 2020-21 academic year.

Does this program include all university programs, including 'direct entry' or just BA / BSc - for instance, could Fine Arts or BMus or KINE do this?

The program is focused on students in the liberal arts, humanities, social sciences programs and therefore open to students studying Arts, Fine Arts or BMus. Students graduating with a BSc. will not be considered at this time. If you are unsure if your major will qualify for the program, please reach out to the Experiental Learning Coordinator.

Is there a fee to apply?


Where do students apply?

Please sign in to your mycareer account and select the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K) module. Please review the application details as described in each job posting.

Will this show on their transcripts and/or diploma?


If I have completed the QUIP program, may I apply for this program?

Yes, this is an additional opportunity after graduation.

Is this an apprenticeship program like a trades apprenticeship?

This program is a learning opportunity, just as trades apprenticeships are, but this is a unique program designed for new university graduates to accelerate their first year employed post-graduation.

What other important information should I know before submitting an application?

All candidates must be eligible for full-time employment in Canada at the time of submitting their application.


Please note that these dates are tentative due to the healthy and safety guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

March 1 - April 30 – Applications are open

March 15 - June 18 –  Interviewing window

March 30 - June 25 – Employers to offer positions

March 30 - July 2 –  Contracts issues and signed

July 5 – Latest date for apprenticeship to commence



Company Overview

Aureus Solutions Inc.

Aureus Solutions Inc. is a growing boutique consulting firm specializing in:

  •  Water and wastewater consulting;
  • Environmental compliance consulting; and
  • Environmental management system consulting.

We work throughout North America with a growing team in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and BC. Since 2005, Aureus' expert assistance has enabled clients to respond more effectively to the current business, regulatory and legal challenges, and to reduce or eliminate future liabilities.

SnapcabWith more than 20 years of experience and history, SnapCab® continues to serve as a pioneer with its innovative products — which include the SnapCab® Elevator, SnapCab® Pod and SnapCab® Portal — and lean manufacturing approach. In the decades since our start, we’ve received multiple honors from Inc. 5000, as well as the opportunity to work with organizations of all sizes, from Google to Independence Blue Cross.
Leahurst CollegeLeahurst College is a co-educational day school for academically strong, motivated, enthusiastic, empathetic, creative and kind students who are seeking an enriched educational experience, both academic and otherwise. The cornerstone of their program is a dynamic, university preparatory learning experience that will develop students’ potential and confidence.
Axon PropertiesTheir mission as a Property Management Company is to take the best care of Real Estate Investment and Tenants. They ensure real estate assets are performing at maximum efficiency creating higher net income each month for the owner.
Downtown Kingston! BIAThe Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of more than 700 businesses and property owners located in the core commercial area of the City of Kingston. The association promotes Downtown Kingston! as the vibrant and healthy commercial, retail, residential, and entertainment centre of our region, attracting more people to live, shop, work and gather.
Chris James KingstonSince opening in 2010, Chris James has become downtown Kingston's leader in premium, contemporary clothing for men and women. Its customer demographic comprises equal numbers of style-conscious men and women (ages 18 to 70) who appreciate fine clothing for business and leisure. Our client base includes a core of long-standing customers, both local and regional, plus a robust transient clientele of summer tourists and other city visitors who attend conventions and special events throughout the year.
Creative Display TechnologiesWe are Creative Display (CDT). We own and operate one of the largest Out-of-Home public sector advertising networks in Ontario. Our network spans 113 unique sites across Ontario. We sell ads across 343 gate-arms, 160 indoor digital displays, 5 large format digital billboards, 412 hand sanitizer stations and numerous snap frame and vinyl wrap offerings.
HR On Demand

HR Management Services on Demand can provide that same level of service and support to small and medium-sized businesses throughout Eastern Ontario.

We offer one-time transactional pieces where we can facilitate one hire, or we can do more in-depth, ongoing retained services agreements, whereby we develop a true working partnership with our clients and are able to serve their varied HR needs and challenges on a scheduled and/or on demand basis. We devise custom HR solutions and programs based on the individual needs and resources of each client, and work to build an open, mutually beneficial and positive working relationship.

Frontenac Community Futures Development CorporationThe Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is a federally supported not-for-profit organization with a mandate to promote business development, job creation and to strengthen the rural economy. The organization is one of 267 Community Futures across Canada and the Frontenac CFDC is celebrating its 16 years in operation.
MacKinnon Development CorporationMacKinnon Development Corporation strives to provide premium housing around Queen's University and Downtown Kingston. We offer premium services to all our tenants and always try to go above and beyond to enhance their tenant experience while living in Kingston. We continuously maintain our properties to ensure they stay at a high standard for tenant enjoyment. 
Thousand Islands PlayhouseThe Thousand Islands Playhouse (TIP) is one of the top summer theatre companies in the province and the largest theatre company between Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. It produces a jam-packed season with 8 productions, a music series, and a travelling young company.
Telecom MetricTelecom Metric was founded on a simple idea: that companies can win by putting the customer before everything else. We focus on voice security and our solution helps companies not only improve their unified communication but eliminates the worries around cyber-attacks. We're now considered one of the leaders in this space and are building a culture focused on smarts, honestly, continual learning, and can-do attitude. 

**These are some of the employers that participated last year. The full list of companies and postings can be found on the MyCareer job portal once they are available.

Justin Karch (ArtSci '18)

Carmen Song (ArtSci '18)

Nour Mazloum (ArtSci '19)


Career Services offers workshops on Ramp up Your Resume, Conquer the Cover Letter, Winning Interviews, and more. The most current workshop schedule and signup is in MyCareer (check the calendar under the Events/Workshops tab). You can get 1-1 coaching at Drop In Career Advising (M-TH, 1:30-3:30) or by booking an appointment through MyCareer.

Please note that Career Services are all currently running remotely.



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Arts and Science Faculty News
November 17, 2020

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Careers Start Here

Dave Rideout, Senior Communications Officer, Queen's Gazette
May 10, 2019

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A Workforce Welcome

Eddie Daniels, Kingston Life
May 10, 2019

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Apprenticeship Opportunities for Graduating Students: A Conversation with Lindsey Fair and Tom Hewitt

A CFRC podcast
December 5, 2018

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Supporting future success

Anne Craig, Communications Officer, Queen's Gazette
Wednesday November 28, 2018

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Apprenticeship program aims to help Queen's arts graduates

Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
November 27, 2018, 5:58 PM EST

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Ottawa philanthropist expands Queen’s arts apprenticeship program

Mike Postovit, Global News
November 16, 2018

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Apprenticeship program seeks businesses

Steph Crosier , Kingston Whig-Standard
Sunday, February 11, 2018 7:48:23 EST PM

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