InternMatch North America

A brighter future begins with the right match.

We are InternMatch, and our mission is to break down the barriers to employment, and improve career outcomes for students and graduates. And we do this globally.

Our partners and programmes

There are millions of university students around the world graduating every year who are looking for opportunities to build their experience and get job ready. We are excited to now be running internship programmes in Canada and the USA and offering remote and in-person opportunities, locally, nationally and internationally.

If you are a company or organisation looking to support people on their first big career step then we’d love for you to be part of our journey in providing real-life, hands-on industry experience to significantly increase a student’s prospects of future employment. Get in touch here!

If you are a University or Education Provider considering new programmes or looking for innovative ways to offer experiential learning to your students then check out our programme details below or reach out to the team here.

What our programmes can offer

We currently work closely with partners to offer cohort-based internship programmes.

While we can tailor a programme that’s right for you, we traditionally offer:

  • 12-week internships
  • Part-time: 22.5 hours per week / 3 days
  • Paid or part-funded roles
  • We focus on widening participation and International student/graduate cohorts
  • In-person or remote – depending on the programme, intern and company preference
  • All internships require an interview, so all parties know that there is a good fit for the company and the opportunity

How can InternMatch North America help you?

• Access to untapped talent

• Initiatives to support your company’s DEI programming

• A route to creating graduate talent pipelines

• Support for projects you haven’t got internal resources for

• A fresh perspective on the work you are doing

• International insight into overseas markets

• A cloud-based platform to showcase your company and roles to students/graduates across North America and the globe

• All compliance is handled electronically and interns are fully insured

• Potential on some programmes to offer further roles after the internship, reducing potential hiring costs and time advertising

University of Surrey and Widening Participation​

Our cornerstone partner in the UK is the University of Surrey.

Recently awarded the prestigious accolade of the University of the Year for Graduate Employment by the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, the University had been seeking a solution for their students that faced barriers accessing the graduate labour market; and who may have a number of factors that impact their journey moving from student to graduate career.

Our 12-week programme offers graduates a chance to engage in an internship connected to their future career plans. Giving them a launch pad to prepare for their next graduate role or career step.

Watch Frances Gow | University of Surrey

Our North America team

Setareh Shokouhi
Head of Partnerships, Canada and USA


What kind of businesses can become an Internship Host Company?

Internship host companies can come from a wide range of industries and sectors, including but not limited to:

– Technology and software development
– Finance and accounting
– Marketing and advertising
– Healthcare and medicine
– Engineering and manufacturing
– Law and legal services
– Non-profit and social impact organizations
– Media and entertainment
– Retail and e-commerce
– Education and research institutions

Any business that is looking to provide on-the-job training, mentorship and experience for students or recent graduates in a specific field may be eligible to become an internship host company.

What level are these interns?

We work with a variety of educational institutions, government and even work directly with the graduate community. All of our interns are over the age of 18, and come with a varied level of experience.

What can interns do?

Interns can do a wide variety of tasks, depending on the company and the specific internship program. Some common tasks that interns may be responsible for include:

– Assisting with research and data analysis
– Helping with marketing and advertising campaigns
– Participating in the design and development of projects
– Supporting the day-to-day operations of the company
– Shadowing and learning from experienced professionals
– Attending meetings and taking notes
– Handling administrative tasks such as scheduling and maintaining files
– Creating presentations, reports and other materials
– Providing support to customers or clients

Interns are generally given tasks that are designed to help them gain experience and learn new skills in their field of study, while also supporting the company’s operations. They are usually mentored by a supervisor or manager who provides guidance, feedback and support throughout the internship.

Can I host more than one intern?

Yes, you can host more than one intern at a time.

Many companies choose to host multiple interns at once, especially if they have a large number of projects or tasks that require additional support. This allows the company to benefit from the energy and skills of multiple interns, while also providing more opportunities for the interns to learn and grow.

If you decide to host multiple interns, it is important to have a clear plan in place for how they will be supervised, mentored and trained. This may involve assigning specific tasks or projects to each intern, or dividing the interns into teams with a designated team leader. It’s also important to make sure you have the resources and infrastructure to accommodate multiple interns, such as enough office space, equipment, and software.

Can my intern sign a confidentiality agreement?

Yes, it is common for interns to sign a confidentiality agreement (also called a non-disclosure agreement or NDA) before they begin their internship.

A confidentiality agreement is a legal document that prohibits the intern from disclosing any confidential or proprietary information that they may come across during their internship. This can include information about the company’s products, services, business plans, customers, financials, or any other information that is considered to be sensitive or proprietary.

The confidentiality agreement should be drafted by a lawyer and should clearly define what is considered confidential and how the intern is allowed to use that information. It should also specify the duration of the agreement and the consequences for breach of the agreement.

Having your intern sign a confidentiality agreement is a good way to protect your company’s confidential information, and it also helps to set clear expectations for the intern in terms of what they can and cannot share with others.

Can I hire my intern?

Yes, you can hire your intern and it is infact our desired outcome.

Many companies choose to hire interns after their internship period has ended because they have had the opportunity to evaluate the intern’s skills, work ethic and fit within the company. Hiring an intern who has already been trained and familiarized with the company’s operations can save the company time and resources in the recruitment process.

It’s important to note that while internships are designed to provide students or recent graduates with work experience, they are not a guarantee of employment. Employers should always follow their standard hiring procedures and should not make any promises of employment during the internship period.

It’s also important to keep in mind any legal requirements and regulations regarding the hiring process and the intern’s status. Some countries have laws that govern internships and the rights of interns, so it’s important to be aware of those laws and ensure compliance with them.

Are internships paid or unpaid?

Internships can be either paid or unpaid, depending on the company and the specific internship program.

Paid internships typically provide the intern with a salary or stipend for their work, while unpaid internships do not provide any form of compensation.

Depending on your companies geographical location, employers and internship programs are legally required to pay interns at least minimum wage, some also offer a compensation package including benefits like health insurance, vacation days, etc.

The laws regarding unpaid internships vary by country and by state, with some jurisdictions having stricter requirements for when an internship must be paid. In the United States, for example, an intern must be paid at least minimum wage if the internship is for the benefit of the employer and the intern is not receiving academic credit for the internship. When you engage in our program, our team will help to determine the kind of program that is right for you.

What is the duration of an internship?

Our internship programs can span from as little as 5 weeks to 6 months depending on the kind of program requirements of any particular intern. We are also flexible with the number of days an intern can work which can be anywhere from 3 to 5 days per week.

Real stories

Intern story: Tiep, Delaware North
Hear about Tiep’s experience, interning as a Business and Data Analyst with Delaware North; and how an internship experience boosted her confidence.
Intern story: Kriti, GADA Technology
Hear about Kriti’s experience, interning as Full-Stack Developer with GADA Technology; and how an internship experience turned into a full-time role.