Host a Practicum Student

Host a Practicum Student

Workplace practicum placements provide students with invaluable opportunities to interact with professionals and clients in their chosen industry.  

Work placements are unpaid positions of 8-10 weeks, with up to 20 hours per week spent at an employer’s facility under supervision. The program coordinator will provide guidance to students and act as the liaison with employers. 

Practicum placements start in January, May, and September at the beginning of the respective terms. If your organization is interested in becoming a practicum host for students, or if you’d like to find out more information, please contact the program coordinator at

Benefits of partnering with Langara College as an employer host: 

  • Targeted recruitment for students with specialized skill sets  
  • Temporary assistance that leverages students’ academic learning for your short-term projects  
  • Immediate staffing support for your on-going positions  
  • Access to a diverse group of skilled students who are seeking industry-specific experience 
  • Access to bilingual and multi-lingual individual 
  • Student placements can add multicultural diversity to spark innovation in your team 

What can employers expect from students?

Before entering their work placement, students receive 16 months of full-time instruction from experienced industry professionals on the theory, principles, and practices required to perform skilled tasks within an organization.

Work-placement students will help their industry hosts to improve operational effectiveness by applying a mix of business and supply-chain skills in areas of operations such as total quality management, supply chain management, freight forwarding, customs, warehouse operations, business systems analysis, and production and inventory control.

Our students are eligible to receive a certificate in International Freight Forwarding before they enter the practicum, once they pass their CIFFA exams. 

Students add value in many different industry areas. 

The aim of the work placement term is to prepare students to pursue employment in positions in Supply-Chain Management and related industries, which may include: 

  • Freight and shipping/receiving dispatch 
  • Import/Export 
  • Logistics, materials management, and production 
  • Purchasing
  • Warehouse management and supervision
  • Inventory planning 
  • Customs  

Employers guide the learning process.

Our industry partners play a key role in the students’ training and professional progress. Their guidance and supervision will help to bridge the gap between theory and practice. These are some basic expectations for Employers:

  • To be responsible for providing a teaching/working environment for the students
  • To provide an on-site supervisor with the background to help the students function and meet the objectives of the internship
  • To observe student performance, provide the student with regular ongoing feedback.

We invite companies in the Metro Vancouver area to join us in the education of the next generation of Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Managers in the industry. Their success is your success.

Learn More.

Contact the Program Coordinator or fill out the form below:

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