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Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in the Research Analyst Program

Humber programs offer unique work-integrated learning opportunities to prepare students for their future careers. Through a variety of work-integrated learning experiences, students apply what they’ve learned in class to real world environments in academic, community and industry settings.

As part of the Research Analyst Program, students are required to complete a 12-week full-time (minimum 400 hours) work-integrated placement in their final semester. Throughout the year students may also be offered work on various research projects from organizations that can be counted towards their overall WIL hours.

For Employers

If you are an employer who would like to offer a work placement opportunity to our students, or if you have a job posting you would like to share with our students and alumni, please contact our Placement Advisor.

For Community Agencies

Our students can assist in all phases of a research project. If you are a community agency with a research project of any size or scope, for which our students can be of assistance, or if you need assistance determining your research needs, please contact our Placement Advisor.

Placement Advisors

Placement Advisors can assist in matching employers with qualified applicants and help administrate the placement process. Our Placement Advisor is ready and willing to answer your questions:

Bhavi Gandhi, Placement Advisor
416.675.6622 ext. 75366

Samantha Lewis

Research Analyst Student Finds Second Career in Healthcare Patient Experience

Samantha Lewis was working as a clinical speech pathologist when she realized she wanted to shift into a career in research. She knew she needed to develop key analysis skills, so she turned to Humber’s Research Analyst postgraduate program. Little did she know that her work placement through Humber at the University Health Network’s OpenLab would utilize skills from her previous career, and be exactly the type of work  she was looking for.

“I have good experiences to speak to, because I was involved in the planning and the data collection, the analysis and the write-up for the after-stroke project.”

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) FAQs


Our students expect to be assigned meaningful, challenging work pertinent to the research field, and to receive regular guidance and feedback on performance from their work placement supervisor.


Employers can expect students who can conduct research in a variety of settings throughout the public and private sectors. Our students spend two semesters learning all the major aspects of the research process. In the second semester, they engage in a major research project where they learn to work in a team and apply their statistical, technical, and project management skills. Students also complete a career preparation course to help them become job ready.

All our students hold undergraduate degrees, and some have advanced degrees. Students come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds that include the pure and applied sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the professions.

Duration of Work Placements

Students go on a full-time 12-week placement in their third semester. Placements typically take place from May to July, September to November and January to March (starting Jan 2023). Some placements may differ in length depending on the employer’s needs.

Placement Supervisor

Employers are expected to provide orientation to the student at the beginning of the placement and assign a work placement supervisor. The work placement supervisor will assist the student in determining learning outcomes, provide guidance on work projects and give regular feedback on performance. While the student is expected to work fairly independently, both employer and student will mutually benefit from having regular communication.


The evaluation process is an integral component in the student’s learning. There are two formal evaluations to be completed by the work placement supervisor. The mid-term evaluation is done halfway through the placement and is meant to highlight productive work completed by the student and address any areas that need improvement. The final evaluation will assess the student’s overall performance.


Work placement positions are paid by the placement organization, and compensation varies. In lieu of a salary or an hourly rate, students may be offered an honorarium, a stipend, or another form of financial compensation. If a placement organization is not able to offer any financial compensation, we still welcome your offer to provide a student placement.   

Workplace Safety and Insurance

For all paid placements, the employer will be responsible for providing the student with insurance coverage either through the WSIB or a private insurer depending on the type of workplace. For all unpaid placements, students will be covered under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) if they meet the MTCU eligibility criteria. 

Connect with Placement Advisor


Employers are expected to share evaluations with the Placement Advisor and are welcome to schedule phone calls or meetings to discuss the student’s progress. 

We are confident in our students' abilities, however if there is an issue, the employer should connect with the Placement Advisor to determine the best course of action. 

Our talented Placement Advisors will assist students and employers from start to finish of the placement process.

For Students

  • Resume and cover letter review and tips
  • Interview practice
  • Best practices for informational interviews and networking
  • Referral to placement opportunities that match the student’s interests
  • Assist in communicating with employers when needed
  • Career guidance

For Employers


  • Circulate employer’s job posting to students
  • Help narrow down a list of qualified applicants
  • Provide guidance on filling out and submitting required forms including learning contracts, Health and Safety requirements, timesheets, and evaluation forms
  • Assist in determining the needs of a research project and how our students can assist