This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program and CEWIL Canada’s iHub.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program and CEWIL Canada’s iHub.


Enhance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in Your Work Experiences!

SFU undergraduate and graduate students from all faculty areas are invited to join the Learn and Earn: Removing Barriers to Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) initiative.

Learn: Selected students will participate in a four-week intensive online EDI professional development opportunity, Effective Intercultural Communication for WIL (EICw).

Earn: The $250 cost of the online professional development opportunity is free to students accepted into the program. Upon completion, students will receive an $800 bursary deposited into their SFU Student Account as credit. Enrollment is limited – apply early!

In addition to providing students with professional development and bursary funding, the goal of this project is to gauge the quality of work-integrated learning opportunities at SFU as related to EDI. We want to learn from you: What have your work-integrated learning experiences at SFU been like? What could be done better?

There are currently two options for this professional development opportunity and bursary program for you to choose from. Please select one below.

Option 1

January 9 - February 3

Applications Due:

January 5, 2023


Option 2

January 30 - February 24

Applications Due: 

January 26, 2023



To be eligible, you must be registered in an SFU Spring 2023 course or program that has a partner organization and work-integrated learning (WIL) / hands-on component such as:

Eligible types of WIL experiences with a community or industry partner:

  • Community and industry research & projects (for example: course or program-based CityStudio Vancouver projects, event organization, community education, social justice projects, hosting dialogues between communities)
  • Community based and/or service learning (for example: addressing social problems, collaboration with community, course or program-based Living Lab projects, raising awareness of a public issue)
  • Co-operative education (Co-op)
  • Entrepreneurship (for example: design and implementation of a start-up, Venture Connection, eCoop)
  • Internship and/or Work Experience (for example, School for Contemporary Arts Internships, Industrial or Virtual Internships)
  • Practicum and/or Field Placements (for example: Field placements in the Masters of Fine Arts; Practicum in Criminology, Business, Chemistry, Counselling, Continuing Studies, Health Sciences, Masters of Public Health, or Teacher Education/PDP)
  • Research and Applied Research Projects (for example: undergraduate and graduate research for a company or community organization, literature reviews, policy analysis, market research, programming)
  • Other (for example: Micro-placements / Bootcamp / Business Case / Classroom project)

Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • Student participants must be Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or persons with refugee status. Unfortunately, federal program criteria excludes international students [Learn more].
  • Participants must be legally eligible to work in Canada in accordance with the relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations. 

Priority registration will be offered to students who experience marginalization and students who are in unpaid or underpaid forms of work-integrated learning. 

Application form is below.

Your Commitment

Students who apply and are accepted will complete Effective Intercultural Communication for WIL (EICw), a facilitated online professional development opportunity over four weeks. EICw is specifically designed to help participants

  • recognize how cultural influences affect their intercultural interactions at work and school
  • engage with people who are different from themselves in ethical and inclusive ways
  • build skills and practice strategies for addressing power, privilege, and microaggressions in school and work environments
  • identify some of the impacts of colonialism for Indigenous Peoples and cultures in Canada.

You must complete all activities to receive a pass and be eligible for the bursary funding:

  • Spend approximately 10 hours a week for four weeks (asynchronous) to watch videos, read infographics and review related Canvas materials.
  • Complete all assignments, including discussion posts, reflections, commenting on peer’s posts, and responding to questions from the facilitators.
  • Complete a consent form and project surveys, including an impact assessment.
  • Engage with your employer or community partner: 
    • Confirm an employer or community partner.
    • Send your employer or community partner two surveys related to this initiative.

If you successfully complete all of the EICw professional development requirements, you will be:

  • Eligible for up to $1050 in direct benefits, including: covering the cost of the opportunity ($250) and an $800 bursary to be deposited into your SFU Student Account. 

How to apply?

Submit the application form below. SFU WIL will verify if you and the WIL component within your course or program qualifies for participation.

Have questions? Please email

Application Form

Collection Notice

The information on the Learn and Earn Application Form is collected by Simon Fraser University (SFU) under the authority of the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSBC 1996, c. 165). Personal information collected through this form is also administered in accordance with the Privacy Act (RSC , 1985, c. P-21) and the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada Act (S.C. 2005, c. 34). You have the right under the Access to Information Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. A-1) to obtain access to that information from the Canadian Government bodies set out below and/or a designated Third Party. 

The information you provide on this form is directly related to and necessary for the purposes of confirming your eligibility and participation in the CEWIL iHub innovative work-integrated learning funding program.  

At SFU, the information will be used for the vetting of applicants for eligibility and priority acceptance (for students who experience marginalization and/or in unpaid or underpaid forms of WIL); project reporting in aggregate (no personal information of applicants will be included); and identifying work- integrated learning programs, opportunities, and partners for internal use. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact: Tanya Behrisch, Acting Director: Work Integrated Learning at SFU. Address: WMC 1390 8888 University Drive Burnaby BC V5A 1S6. Phone: 778-782-2667 

Consent to Disclose Personal Information

Pursuant to the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSBC 1996, c. 165), by applying to this program you consent to SFU disclosing and storing your personal information, as required for the purposes of this program. You further acknowledge and understand that your personal information may be disclosed to the following organisations:  

  • CEWIL Canada: any information collected through this application form may be disclosed. A two-digit code will be assigned to your program of study, which will also be disclosed.
  • The Government of Canada, including Employment and Social Development Canada, Statistics Canada, designated Third Party of Canada, and Women and Gender Equality Canada: any information collected through this application form may be disclosed. A two-digit code will be assigned to your program of study, which will also be disclosed. 

The above listed information may be used and/or disclosed for policy analysis, research and/or program evaluation purposes. By participating in the program, you may be subject to a longitudinal study administered by Statistics Canada. However, individual names will not be disclosed for the aforementioned purposes. 

Funding through the CEWIL iHub prioritizes students who are members of social groups that face equity and inclusion barriers. While all fields are mandatory, participants may choose to select “prefer not to answer” to any question pertaining to gender and/or identifying with a social group.

*Refers to a mandatory field and must be answered or checked.

Please enter your SFU student email.
Please enter your postal code for the place where you have been living during your participation in EIC for WIL
Please enter your SFU student number.
Please enter your year of birth. Formatted as YYYY (example: 2001)
Please confirm:
Please confirm:
Please confirm:
Which option are you applying to participate in?
Please note that "Option 1: January 9 - February 3" and "Option 2: January 30 - February 24" are no longer accepting applications. Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.
What is your enrollment status?
Please indicate the type of degree for which you are enrolled.
Please indicate the language you first learned at home in childhood and still understand.
Please select the gender that best represents you.
Priority for this learning opportunity will be given to students who are members of social groups that face equity and inclusion barriers. Please indicate if you belong to any of the following social groups. Please select all that apply.

These are the priority groups identified by the funder, however, this opportunity is open to all students in a course or program that includes any form of work-integrated learning (see examples).

TO BE ELIBILE, YOU MUST BE ENROLLED IN A COURSE OR PROGRAM THAT HAS SOME FORM OF WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING. Please list all Spring 2023 courses that you are registered in that have a work-integrated learning component.

What counts as WIL? (click for more information)

One course per line.

Please describe briefly the WIL component within your course / program / designation.

Which type of WIL component?
Please check all that apply.
Have you previously taken any version of Effective Intercultural Communication (EIC)?
Please note: having previously taken EIC will NOT disqualify you from this opportunity.
Please confirm that you are working with an employer or community partner. An employer or community partner is required. See eligibility requirements above for more details :
e.g. employer, organization, or community group | RBC, Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, K-12 school, SFU labs, SFU PDP, SFU CityStudio, YWCA/YMCA, United Way, Virtual NATO field school etc.
Please note partners will be invited to complete a short survey.
Are you getting paid for your WIL component?

The information on this form is collected under the general authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 468). It is related directly to and needed by SFU's Work Integrated Learning Program in order to facilitate WIL/Co-op services.