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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Is the program open to distance learning student graduates? Yes, we can facilitate phone appointments (for resume and interview prep), and phone/ skype interviews where appropriate.

Is the program open to students that graduated this Fall and next Spring? For this year, we will we accept student applications from graduating undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Science students with a major in the Arts 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 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 of if your major will qualify for the program please reach out to a program administrator.

Is there a fee to apply? No.

Where do students apply? Postings and details on applying will be available on the Queen's Career Services website.

How do students find out the participating companies? Through Career Services. Please register to receive up-to-date communications regarding the job postings.

Will this show on their transcripts and/or diploma? No.

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 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.

***If you are an international student, you are welcome to apply. However, it is your own responsibility to ensure that you have the correct work visas in place by the start of your employment agreement (May). This work visa must be valid for at least the entire 12-month contract. If you would like any further information or assistance in this matter, please contact a member of the Queen’s University International Centre.  

Companies and Opportunities

Employment opportunities for 2019 include:

CompanyPosition Title
Axon PropertiesLeasing Manager
Limestone Analytics Data Analyst
Thousand Island Playhouse Development & Marketing Assistant 
Thousand Island PlayhouseProduction Assistant 
Changent.io Project Coordinator
Changent.ioProject Coordinator 
Chris James Kingston Administrative and Communications Assistant 
Makeship Digital Marketing Representative 
Makeship Digital Marketing Representative 
Kingston Economic Development Corp. Communications and Events Assistant 
The Power Collective Office Administrator 
Providence Care Administrative Projects Assistant 
KHSC Administrative Projects Assistant 
Benefits By Design Operations Specialist 
Benefits By Design Operations Specialist 
Creative Displays Tech  Site Administrator
Kingstonist Lead Journalist 
Mio Gelato Assistant Manager 
City of Kingston Strategic Initiatives Assistant 

Some of the opportunities from 2018 include:

Key Dates and Program Timeline

  • November 9 - Life After ArtSci Professional Summit

  • November 13 - Launch Event

  • January 30 - Employer Deadline to submit final job postings

  • February 13 - Student Application Date

  • 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

Past Apprentice Profiles

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.”


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 Job Search Workshops

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.