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).

Register now and be the first to know about employment opportunities and other important information regarding 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 $38,000.
  • Exclusive opportunities: exclusive access to a pool of professional roles.
  • Mentorship: be paired 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 
  • 3rd best place to live in Canada 
  • Offers diverse opportunities to people of all background
  • 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.

View postings and apply in MyCareer 

Opportunities will start to be posted in January 2023. Check back soon! 

Apply to multiple roles to increase employment offers. 


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 2022-2023 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 2023.
  • 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.


These events are the perfect opportunity to learn more about the program and have your questions answered.

Program Information Session – November 03, 2022 at 5:30-7:30pm

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February 10, 2023 – deadline for employers to submit positions

February 26, 2023 – Application deadline midnight

March 1 - 3, 2023 - Review of applications

March 6 – 24, 2022 – Interviewing window

April 3, 2023 – Deadline to submit rankings

April 10, 2023 – Selected students receive position offers

May 1, 2023 – Apprenticeships commence!

To learn more about the resources available and register for upcoming workshops, visit the “Career Readiness Resources” tab below!


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

QCA:K Provides:

  • employment readiness support thought Career Services workshops
  • 1-1 advising with a Career Advisor for resumes, cover letter, and interview preparation

Check the calendar to sign up for the workshops through MyCareer (under the Events/Workshop Calendar tab)!

Recommended Workshops Dates:

  • October 20, 2:30-3:30pm – Ramp up Your Resume
  • October 26, 11:30am-12:30pm – Ramp up Your Resume
  • November 2, 1:30-2:30pm – Ramp up Your Resume
  • November 16, 1:30-2:30pm – Conquer the Cover Letter
  • December 12, 3:30-4:30pm – Conquer the Cover Letter
  • November 8, 11:30am-12:30pm – Winning Interviews, Fundamental Strategies
  • December 14, 2:00-3:00pm – Winning Interviews, Fundamental Strategies

These sessions are open to all students. Register ASAP to secure your spot!

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

Sun Life Financial

Administrative Assistant

Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Research Assistant

Rogers & Trainor Commercial Realty Inc. Brokerage

Executive Assistant

Thousand Island Playhouse

Company Coordinator

Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy & Neurofeedback

Clinic Administrator/Receptionist


Marketing and Operations Coordinator

Canada Royal Milk

Assistant to the General Manager

KEYS Job Centre

Program Assistant

Kingston Laser and Cosmetic Clinic

Patient Coordinator

Chris James Kingston

Shopify Administrator

Chris James Kingston

Womenswear Manager

Historic Inns Kingston Group

Grant Writing and Communications Manager

Imperium Social

Project & Client Success Manager

Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Administrative and Projects Assistant

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 2022-2023 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


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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