Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: KINGSTON

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

Are you graduating this year? Wondering how you’ll gain meaningful employment? Launch your career this May through Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K).

This innovative program aims to match soon-to-be graduating Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences students with leading local employers to provide a great first work experience. You’ll gain a one-year, full-time, paid, career apprenticeship in beautiful Kingston, Ontario, along with mentorship and networking opportunities to ensure your success long-term.

Why QCA:K?

QCA:K is an opportunity to invest in and build your professionalism while contributing to the growth of a local organization.

  • Paid experience: apprenticeships pay a minimum yearly salary of $35,000.
  • Exclusive opportunities: exclusive access to a pool of professional roles.
  • Mentorship: be placed with a mentor to receive guidance and support during your first year in the workforce.
  • Skill building: develop skills and competencies that build your resume for the next role.
  • Networking: build valuable connections with individuals and organizations to support your professional development and obtain your first professional reference.


Ranked the best city in Canada for young, talented workers and the 3rd best place to live in Canada, Kingston is home to a balanced and diverse economy that offers opportunities to people of all backgrounds.

Kingston's culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is thriving and bringing with it new people, big ideas, and a fresh outlook on how to drive economic development in the community.

The Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston Program (QCA:K) looks to integrate a new generation of young, skilled professionals who will bring a new and exciting approach to employers within Kingston.

How are you going to make a difference in Kingston?


Job postings for 2022 are now live. Employers have until February 10 to submit positions, so continue to check back for new opportunities. 

Apply to multiple roles to increase employment offers. 

View postings and apply in MyCareer 

EmployerPositionAbout the position
Sun Life FinancialAdministrative Assistant

Are you outgoing and technology oriented? Sun Life Financial owes their success to their people and processes. An administrative assistant is the supportive force behind both, and Sun Life financial advisor, Maureen McBratney, is currently seeking someone exceptional to take the helm to develop, service, and manage client activities.

The ideal candidate will be proactive, meticulous, and possess excellent communications, time management, and organizational skills necessary to manage client relationships and coordinate marketing activities. Join their growing team to support them in their mission to help Canadians achieve lifetime financial security!

Learn more and apply

Kingston Economic Development Corporation

 Research Assistant

Are you a motivated individual interested in transforming Kingston’s economy? Hone your aptitude for research and communication skills to examine and prepare reports of companies that match Kingston’s strategic value proposition.

From cold calling and emailing prospective clients, spearheading social media outreach, connecting with decision-makers of expanding companies, and researching high growth companies, the Research Assistant will be responsible for completing multi-level tasks in a professional and timely manner. Don’t miss the opportunity to work as an “intrapreneur” and grow your professional skills as an ambassador for EcDev and the City of Kingston!

Rogers & Trainor Commercial Realty Inc. Brokerage

Executive Assistant

Do you have a genuine desire to help others? 

Hone your organization, problem-solving, and communication skills by managing the Executive’s office and working with a team of twelve real estate professionals.

Learn more and apply
Thousand Island PlayhouseCompany Coordinator

Are you passionate about Canadian theatre? Do you have strong planning, organizational, and time management skills? 

Thousand Island Playhouse is looking for an enthusiastic individual to work within the company's administrative team, specifically to plan and execute all aspects of artist liaison when they are on contract. This role involves the planning and execution of artist related events and would be the primary point of contact for the more than 100 incoming artists that work on their productions.

The successful candidate will have a valid G-class driver’s license and support the Artistic Director with auditions, casting, and contracting for the 2023 season.

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Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy & NeurofeedbackClinic Administrator/Receptionist

Are you a people person? Do you have strong organizational and communication skills? 

The Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy & Neurofeedback is looking for a friendly individual to coordinate patient appointments and office scheduling. This essential role also involves the management of staff and practitioner schedules.

Learn more and apply

CPDonlineMarketing and Operations Coordinator

Interested in bringing a small business to the next level? Are you a self-starter and able to work in a fast-paced environment? CPDonline may have the position for you.

Deploy a diverse skill-set necessary for independently running all aspects of this small business, including developing outreach initiatives and digital media-planning strategies that target new customer acquisitions. If you excel in creating strategy and copy that promotes engagement and sales, can build and maintain relationships with customers and providers, you are the person they are looking for!

The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and refined written communication skills.

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Canada Royal MilkAssistant to the General Manager

Do you have a winning mindset and a passion for coordinating projects? Do you possess advanced written and oral communication skills in English and Chinese/Mandarin?

Canada Royal Milk is looking for an enthusiastic individual to take on the dynamic role of Assistant to the General Manager to help build and grow their progressive company. The successful candidate will be part executive assistant and part project coordinator and will provide comprehensive support to the General Manager, working on a wide range of projects in a fast-paced work environment.

The Assistant to the General Manager must have an enthusiasm for learning, well-developed organizational and project manager skills, and a passion for orchestrating success.

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KEYS Job CentreProgram Assistant

Do you enjoy public speaking? Do you have strong administrative and organizational skills?

KEYS Job Centre is looking for a personable individual to help with all aspects of the Dual Career Support Program.

The Program Assistant will be responsible for program administration, the facilitation of workshops, and will be the face of KEYS Job Centre at community events. The successful candidate will possess knowledge of a variety of software programs, excellent phone & email etiquette, and strong presentation/facilitation skills to be able to effectively lead community outreach to existing or new employers and perform research on labour market trends. 

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Kingston Laser and Cosmetic Clinic Patient Coordinator

Do you enjoy working with people? Are you passionate about the cosmetic industry?

The Kingston Laser Cosmetic Clinic is looking for a confident, dedicated, and detail-oriented individual with outstanding communications skills to join their growing team as Patient Coordinator.

The Patient Coordinator will be responsible for handling day-day administrative duties at the clinic, including registering new patients, updating patient demographics, and scheduling client appointments.

The successful candidate will have exceptional customer service skills, experience working in a fast-paced environment, excellent organizational and time management skills, and demonstrate proficiency with the Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).

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Chris James Kingston Shopify Administrator

Do you take pride in maintaining records and files, and keeping an orderly business office? Do you have data mining experience? Are you a detail-oriented person with an affinity for fashion? If this describes you, there’s a job waiting at Kingston’s leading fashion retailer.

Chris James Kingston is looking for a mature, precise and conscientious individual to work behind the scenes as an administrator responsible for data-entry of Shopify records, including organizing and maintaining financial accounts, sales reports and inventory-tracking documentation.

The successful candidate will have basic bookkeeping skills, experience with Shopify, a proficiency in Excel, and a strong work ethic.

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 Chris James Kingston Womenswear Manager

Do you have a passion for clothing and design? Are you interested in people? Are you an enthusiastic and organized worker? If this describes you, then Kingston’s leading fashion retailer has an opening tailor-made for you.

Chris James Kingston is looking for a mature, dedicated, and conscientious individual with natural leadership abilities to lead and motivate their team of sales associates to reach weekly sales targets, while overseeing procedures that ensure the clock-like precision of daily departmental operations. The department manager will aid in the directional buying, steer their company as a brand, and be responsible for merchandise buying and inventory allocation, orienting and training of new sales personnel, delivering comprehensive customer service, and performing statistical analysis of sales activity and inventory.

The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, have creative problem-solving skills, and a passion for contemporary style.

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Historic Inns Kingston GroupGrant Writing and Communications Manager

Are you a creative thinker? Interested in writing compelling grant narratives and designing multimedia content to support the leading hospitality providers in the region?

The successful candidate will also lead the development of Historic Inns Kingston's communication plans and marketing initiatives for a variety of platforms, channels, and audiences.

Learn more and apply

Imperium Social

Project & Client Success Manager

Are you an entrepreneur with an interest in technology? Do you have an aptitude for project management and salesmanship?

Imperium Social – an award-winning web design company – is looking for an ambitious individual to assist their Web Design, Logo Design, and SEO clients through each phase of a projects journey by demonstrating a strong work ethic and excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. The Project & Client Success Manager will be responsible for tending to client inquiries, maintaining constant communication with the development team and Imperium clients, and managing their social media accounts.

The successful candidate will have above average computer literacy skills, project management and customer service experience, and will play a major role in updating project management tools for both Imperium clients and team members.

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Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Administrative & Projects Assistant

Are you an enthusiastic self-starter with advanced software skills and an aptitude for data management?

The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is looking to hire an outgoing individual with excellent oral and written communication skills to fill the position of Administrative & Projects Assistant. Deploy a diverse skill-set necessary for supporting the organization with day-to-day administration relating to programs, including data collection/validation, preparing reports, and maintaining positive working relationships with coworkers, clients, and community partners.

The successful candidate will have strong writing abilities, highly effective time management skills, and previous experience working in fast-paced business environment while managing multiple priorities.

Learn more and apply


To apply for positions under the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K) program, students must be:

  • Completing their final year of undergraduate studies and have applied to graduate in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Registered in a Bachelor of Arts degree and majoring in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences disciplines.
  • Willing to commit to 12 consecutive months of full-time employment in Kingston starting in May 2022.
  • Eligible for full-time employment in Canada at the time of submitting their application.

If you are unsure if your major will qualify for the program, please reach out to the Experiential Learning Coordinator at asc.el@queensu.ca.


If you have a question about the program or want to learn more, please join us at one of our informational sessions.

Drop-In Sessions
Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am -noon until February 17, 2022.

Have questions about the program or want help preparing for the competitive process? Meet with the Program Coordinator to have your questions answered and receive coaching on your resume/cover letter, interview process, references, and more.



January 27 or February 1, 2022 – Attend “Ramp up Your Resume” Workshop

February 15 or 24, 2022 – Attend “Conquer the Cover Letter” Workshop

February 10 – deadline for employers to submit positions

February 27, 2022 – Application deadline midnight

February 22 or March 9, 2022 – Attend “Winning Interviews” Part 1 and/or 2

* It is beneficial to have attended Part 1 Fundamental Strategies before Part 2 Advanced Practices, but not required.

March 3 – 28, 2022 – Interviewing window

April 1, 2022 – Deadline to submit rankings

April 15, 2022 – contracts issued and signed / deadline to accept offers

May 1, 2022 – Apprenticeship commences!

To learn more about upcoming workshops and to register visit the “Career Readiness Resources” tab.

Download program timeline.


Put your best foot forward! Access free support for writing your resume and/or cover letter, and polishing your interview skills.

QCA:K provides career and employment readiness supports through Career Services workshops and, 1-1 advising with a Career Advisor. The most current workshop schedule and signup is in MyCareer (check the calendar under the Events/Workshops tab). You can also book a 1-1 coaching sessions for a resume/cover letter review or a practice interview (check the calendar under the Appointments tab). 


  • Drop-In Career Advising (M-TH, 1:30-3:30 or book an appointment)
  • Resume/Cover Letter Coaching (book a Resume Review)
  • Interview Practice (book a Career Consultation)

Career Services Online Resources:


Will Shields (ArtSci ’21)

Justin Karch (ArtSci '18)

Carmen Song (ArtSci '18)

Nour Mazloum (ArtSci '19)


For a list of employers and positions that previously participated, please see below.



Aureus Solutions Inc.

Environmental Technical Writer

Axon Properties

Office and Accounting Assistant

Cher-Mère Canada

Digital Media Coordinator

Chris James Kingston

Administrative and Communications Assistant

Creative Display Technologies

Media Sales

Downtown Kingston! BIA

Marketing and Events Assistant

Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation

Business Advisor

Habitat for Humanity

Community Outreach Associate

Historic Inns Kingston Group

Grant Writing and Communications Manager

HR On Demand

Inside Sales Administrator

Administrative Assistant

Improbable Escapes

Operations Assistant

Video Content Creator

Kinarm (BNKIN Technologies Ltd.)

Communications Apprentice

Leahurst College

Marketing and Business Operations Associate

Coordinator of Enrichment Studies and Administrative Support

Little Giant’s Rockin’ Dog Town

Manager of Operations and Social Media


Content Writer

Skeleton Park Brewery

Marketing Coordinator and Front of House Manager

Sherlock’s Escapes

Operations Manager

Digital Media Coordinator


Marketing Assistant – Community Engagement

Thousand Islands Playhouse

Marketing Intern

Marketing and Development Assistant

Telecom Metric

Account Coordinator

Technical Solutions Specialist

Troon Technologies

Account Manager

Product Manager

VIVA Productions

Digital Media


Gold Award for Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Giving graduates a jumpstart on new careers

By Faculty of Arts and Science Communications Staff
Sunday, May 2, 2021

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Arts & Science Benefactor Recognized for Philanthropic Efforts

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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Is the program open to distance learning student graduates?

Yes, being a distance learning student 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 2021-2022 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.

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