Practicum Information

  • The North American Business Management Post Baccalaureate (NABU) and the North American Business Management Applied Post Baccalaureate (NABU Applied) programs provides international students and new immigrants to Canada with an opportunity to apply their new business skills in a Canadian context. 

    Upon completion of their studies on campus, students complete a two month (NABU) or a six-month (NABU Applied) practicum. The responsibility for securing a practicum position rests with the student; however, faculty work closely with students and the business community to facilitate the arrangement of practicum placements. Though students are welcome to find a paid practicum it should be noted that most practicums are unpaid.  Students are eligible for graduation at the end of a successful practicum.

    Practicum Opportunities

    This work practicum is beneficial to both our students and Canadian employers in the following ways:

    Benefits for our Students

    • Provides an opportunity for students to apply new skills and knowledge gained in the classroom in a North American business environment.
    • Allows students to build relationships and connections with potential future employers or business partners.
    • Improves communications and English language skills. 
    • Allows students to learn new business skills on the job and gain industry specific knowledge
    • Provides an opportunity for networking and building professional relationships with key industry contacts.
    • Contributes positively to student’s professional resume.
    • Helps students gain self-confidence, personal awareness and interpersonal skills.
    • Students form lasting friendships with Canadian colleagues

    For the Employer

    • Provides additional needed skilled team members at no cost.
    • Enables important projects on the “to do” list to finally get resources and completed.
    • Brings in fresh, new energy, ideas and modern approaches.
    • International language and culture expertise allows assessment of or expansion into international markets.
    • Allows access to, and stronger relationships with academic business faculty.
    • Boosts brand awareness, credibility and corporate goodwill in your community.

    For employers interested in a practicum student, please contact busgrad@capilanou.ca

    NABU Students Making Industry Connections

    NABU project management students hosted 22 industry experts from Vancouver international business community.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Why is my practicum important?

    A: A practicum is a bridge between your academic studies and the real world experience you will need to launch your career in Canada. Securing a letter of recommendation from a Canadian-based employer will assist you in finding permanent employment.

    Q. What makes a practicum different from regular work experience?

    A: The practicum is defined as a learning experience incorporating mentoring and professional supervision. A regular work experience involves meeting expectations of tangible results and achievement of performance objectives as well as critical evaluation and assessment.

    Q: Will Capilano University find me a practicum position?

    A: Capilano University will NOT place you in a practicum. You are responsible for finding your own practicum. If you are unable to find a practicum and you need assistance, then you will be given the opportunity to work with Stepwest. Stepwest is an external organization that can assist you with obtaining an interview for an entry level unpaid practicum. Please note they will only assist you in obtaining an interview, you must still secure the position yourself. Be aware that Stepwest may not always be able to meet your expectations. Your ideal placement can only be found through your own initiative. It is your responsibility to know yourself and your career goals, so you can present and sell your talent best.

    Q: What assistance will students receive during their practicum search?

    A: Through different workshops and working with the Career Development Centre, students will be provided with assistance in: • preparing résumés, cover letters and creating an online profile; • preparing for job interviews; • guidance on industry trends and opportunities; • identifying potential practicum positions or employers; • support during the hiring process.

    Q. What should I expect from the practicum experience?

    A: If you are interested, motivated and take advantage of the learning opportunities, you will gain an invaluable work experience. You will need to establish good communication with your supervisor/mentor and co-workers who can provide feedback on your work performance.