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Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program

Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program.

This innovative program connects new graduates from the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University with reputable Hamilton-based employers like you.  Students will gain an opportunity to complete meaningful projects in a work environment that fosters learning, networking and development, and you will receive financial support to access a highly motivated and skilled talent pool.

In 2020/2021, the pilot year of the program, we aim to provide funding for up to 10 positions.  The recruitment process will begin in December 2020, and apprentices will start in their first career roles in early May, 2021.

For full program information, please view the employer information package

Employer Requirements

To participate as an employer in this program, the following criteria must be met:

Funding Model

Important Dates

December 18:                         Preferred deadline for employer posting

January 15                               Final deadline for employer posting

January 18                               Postings open for student applications

February 13                             Employers receive application bundles (electronic)

February 22 – March 12         Interviews take place                

March 19                                 Ranking submission deadline

March 31                                 Employer/students notified of rank/match result

April 6                                     Employers notified of student response to offers

May 3:                                     Placements commence

Tips for Creating a posting that will get noticed

Here are some tips to increase the number of applications for your posting:

Skills Humanities Students Bring for Employers:

Through their academic study, Humanities students develop valuable  career skills, including the ability to:

Possible Roles for Humanities students

Potential employment opportunities for Humanities graduates include entry-level positions in the following areas:

Submit your Posting


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You can submit your posting by completing the online form (you are not able to save your draft posting and return to it later) or complete the form by downloading the Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program Employer Package

We encourage employers to submit their postings as soon as they are able.  The sooner a posting is submitted, the more attention it will receive from applicants. 

The final deadline for employer postings is 4:00pm on January 15, 2021.

Applicant Interview Process

Application bundles will be sent to you electronically on February 13, 2021.

Once you have reviewed your applications, you can opt to schedule interviews yourself, or if desired, Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program staff will coordinate interviews on your behalf. Interviews should be scheduled during the weeks of February 22 and March 12, 2021.  Interviews can take place either at your office location, or virtually.  You are not obligated to interview all applicants.

To request support from program staff to schedule your interviews, please contact with the following information:

Position Title and Employer
Name of applicant(s) to be interviewed
Date(s) of Interview
Interview Length (i.e. 30 minutes)
Interview Start Time
Interview End Time
Interview Location (full address or platform/URL if virtual)
Special Instructions: Is there anything the applicant should bring? Are there any specific instructions for once they arrive at your location?  Etc.

Selection Process

After interviews have taken place, employers (and students) will rank their preferred choice(s). Please note that you should only submit the names of candidates who you will hire should they be matched, (i.e. if you interviewed four candidates and assessed that only two met your requirements, only submit those two names in your rankings):

Ranked 1st = Most valued candidate

Ranked 2nd = Second most valued candidate

Ranked 3rd = Third most valued candidate

Please be aware that some applicants may be interviewing with several companies and will be asked similarly to rank their preferred employers. All rankings are confidential and the Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program will not release scores. This ranking process is designed to ensure the most compatible matches that will benefit both employers and the applicants.

To keep the process on track, we ask that you submit your rankings no later than March 19, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Once the ranking process has been completed, the program will inform the employers of the match. Successful applicants will only be offered one position on the highest match score between both employer and applicant. Please note that the employers must agree to adhere to these ranking principles to participate in the Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program. Please do not make offers to candidates until the program has given you written confirmation that the match has been made. Failing to follow program guidelines may result in loss of financial reimbursement.


To receive the funds, employers must send an invoice on the first of each month in months 1, 2, 11, and 12 of apprenticeship employment to the following address:

Attn: Economic Development – City of Hamilton
71 Main Street West, 7th Floor
Hamilton, On L8P 4Y5
RE: Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program


For questions prior to submitting a posting or for receiving funding, please contact:

Karol Murillo
Senior Business Development Consultant
Economic Development, City of Hamilton

For questions once your position posting has been submitted, please contact:
Cristina Foley
Manager, Career and Experiential Programs
Faculty of Humanities

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