Internship Program

The OMCA Internship Program

New program, introduced in 2017, to replace the OMCA Industry Scholarship

For more than 15 years, OMCA has had a scholarship program open to eligible outstanding students enrolled in a travel or tourism program at recognized post-secondary schools or institutions.

New for 2017, the OMCA Development Fund Committee is offering an internship program for summer placement jobs.  As with the former program, the internship is available to students enrolled in a travel or tourism program at recognized post-secondary schools or institutions in Ontario, and living in the province during the summer of internship.

Details on the internship placement(s):

  • Eligible students must be enrolled in an Ontario-based school and already living in Ontario during the summer;
  • The placements will be within the motor coach industry with a participating OMCA member company;
  • Location is TBD, anywhere in Ontario (students are on their own to make living arrangements)
  • Internship program is a 15-week paid program, 35 hours/week, min. $15.00/hr
  • The successful student(s) will also have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming OMCA Marketplace with their employer.

Interested in applying?

  • Required info: Current résumé, along with a covering letter indicating why you are interested in the program and how it fits with your career goals
  • Send to: Mardi Schueler at mardi@omca.com

Calling all Ontario-based OMCA Tour Operators and Suppliers for Potential Employers

We invite you to participate in an exciting new opportunity for a valuable work/learning experience for tourism students being offered by the OMCA through its new internship program.

As a member of OMCA, you know that we are a leader in the area of group travel and tourism, and part of that leadership role is encouraging and supporting the next generation of travel professionals through our OMCA Development Fund. Traditionally, we have done this through cash scholarship awards, however, we have recently modified our program to a different kind of support for tourism students and for members.

We are now offering the opportunity for subsidized work placements as interns.  Ontario-based OMCA Tour Operator members and Supplier members can apply for a subsidy of $4,000 from OMCA to help you to offer selected students full time (35 hours/week) employment for 15 weeks.  We will also provide the student with a free registration to the OMCA Conference and Marketplace to allow them to attend with you.  The amount of salary you offer will be up to you, but the program stipulates that it be at least $15.00/hour.

We’re very excited about this new approach because we feel that giving students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the group travel industry will provide them an insight into a sector of the tourism industry that they may not have been previously been exposed to.  It also provides our members the opportunity get financial assistance enabling you to hire a student that you might not otherwise be able to afford.  We see it as a win-win for both students and members.

Group travel planning and delivery is a very special kind of tourism experience, and we are hoping that through this program we can all help the future leaders in our industry get their start!

Interested in participating?
Contact Mardi Schueler


The OMCA Development Fund was established by the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) to serve the public by encouraging expanded motor coach travel and tourism through the support of research, education, training, and skill development for individuals and organizations connected to the tourism and motor coach industry.


Previous winners of the former OMCA Industry Scholarships:

2016

– Melanie Hampson – University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
– Luke Lefrancois – Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON
– Kimberly Natalucci – Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
– Lindsey Turrell – Genesee College, Batavia, NY

2015

– Alexandra Audsley – Genesee College, Batavia, NY
– Susan Eldridge – Fanshawe College, London, ON
– You Jia Lee – University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
– Brittany Poirier – Fanshawe College, London, ON

2014

– Leah Cruch – Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON
– Dominique Griffith – Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
– Katarzyna (Kasia) Gruchacz – Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
– Kathleen Lo – University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

2013

– Rikki Cavanaugh – University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
– Kelsey MacDonald – Fanshawe College, London, ON
– Michael McMaster – Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON
Hildegard van Niekerk – University of Guelph, Guelph, ON