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 May. 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.
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Jobs Now Live, Apply Now - Deadline February 2020

Is the program open to distance learning student graduates?

Yes, being a distance learning students 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 2019/20 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 a program administrator. 

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.

Monday, February 3

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**All info sessions will take place in the Rose Innovation Hub in Mitchell Hall from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Pizza will be served.

  • November 9 - Life After ArtSci Professional Summit

  • November 13 - Launch Event

  • January 1 - March 1 - Students Apply

  • February 20 - March 20 - Interviewing Window

  • March 23 - Ranking Submission Deadline

  • March 27 - Employers to offer positions

If you have not heard back from an employer or the program by this time, please be patient. Some organizations require extended time to process new hires.

  • May 4 - Apprentice Start Date


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 participating employers and the full list of companies and postings can be found on the MyCareer job portal.

Justin Karch (ArtSci '18)

Justin was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario. While in high school Justin decided to attend Ryerson for a Social Work program. However, after his first year, Justin realized that social work and Ryerson were not the right fit. He decided to leave his home region to attend university in Kingston and study Global Development and Geography. The program at Queen’s offered Justin considerable flexibility in both curricular and extracurricular opportunities. Through his program, Justin was able to study in Shanghai, China, where he played on the Fudan University football team and completed a team research project at Foxconn. Upon returning to Canada, Justin’s international experience inspired him to become an orientation leader for incoming exchange students. During Justin’s time at Queen’s, he was involved with the AMS, including his positions as a Walkhome service staff and a manager at the Student Life Centre.

Justin’s experience at Queen’s culminated with finding the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program (then called Career Apprenticeship Pilot Program). Through this program, Justin found employment at Benefits By Design (BBD) as an operations specialist. Benefits By Design is a group insurance and enterprise solutions provider that specializes in small business. Justin’s position was rotational and allowed him to gain experience in a variety of roles, learning the many aspects of the business and the industry at large. The mentorship provided through the program allowed Justin to flourish and consider his options for the future. Justin has since received a promotion to business analyst and aspires to become a certified project manager, which he is on track to achieve.

Justin’s favourite parts of living and working in Kingston after graduation include: the ability to maintain close ties with Queen’s, including his friends and professors, the lifestyle of a smaller city, and the lower costs of living relative to many of his friends in larger cities.

Justin speaking about QCA:K: “It has truly been a great platform to start my professional career. Starting your first job after university is such a pivotal moment in a young person’s life. Having support from QCA:K has made this transition from student life to the workplace seamless.”

Carmen Song (Applied Economics '18)

Carmen came to Queen's from Vancouver, British Columbia. When considering Queen's, she was particularly interested in rowing, which she hoped to persue alongside her studies as it has a passion since grade 9. While at Queen's, Carmen was an active particpant in Queen's Rotoract, eventually becoming their treasurer. After her first year, Carmen worked in a fast-paced food truck during the summer and was eager to find a job that would better utilize the transferable skills she gained through her education.

Carmen transitioned from her time as a student into becoming a full-time Finance Specialist at Correctional Services Canada via the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program. This role enables Carmen to use her knowledge in financial matters through analyzation and processing of transactions, as well as interpreting and applying policies and procedures. Carmen’s role gives her a good work-life balance, given that she has a defined 8AM - 4PM schedule and an accommodating work environment. Living and working in Kingston enables Carmen to afford her ideal lifestyle of ‘downtown living’ in which she can walk to visit her favourite people and places.

After the formal 12 months of her apprenticeship concluded, Carmen continues in her role and is happy to take on more responsibilities and tackle complex tasks. Carmen is also working on achieving CPA certification to eventually transition into a leadership role within the institution. 

When asked about the QCA:K program, Carmen mentioned that “I would not be working where I want in public service without this apprenticeship. I have met so many people through QCA:K that have helped boost my confidence in my abilities and encouraged me to make this bold move.” 

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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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 at Career Services) or by booking an appointment through MyCareer.