For several years, Northern and Digital Echidna have partnered with Fanshawe College to collaborate on educational initiatives that give students a step up in their future careers.

Following the recent merger between Northern and Digital Echidna, the New Northern combines the two companies’ expertise in eCommerce, digital marketing and digital experience expertise.

For students at Fanshawe College, the merger of the two companies means access to more mentors, networking opportunities, and new perspectives to learn from. Through this partnership, students receive hands-on, experiential learning opportunities from two of the best digital companies in the country. Many former interns and co-op students have gone on to become full-time Northern employees.

Northern mentors are chosen not only for their technical expertise, but for their ability to teach others. We make sure that all of our mentors genuinely love teaching and can translate complex concepts into plain language for beginners.

This year, we’re offering students:


Shopify Web Development

In this Shopify web development course taught by Northern front-end developers, students learn the fundamentals of building high-performing eCommerce websites using Shopify’s all-in-one commerce platform as well as the career-specific software skills. The course empowers students with the knowledge and experience necessary for a career in eCommerce web development and to get a jumpstart towards Shopify’s Theme Development Certification. From strategy through to implementation and management, students learn to create immersive, high-performing commerce websites.

Drupal Web Development

The Fanshawe College Drupal web development course provides students with foundational Drupal training. Taught by Northern Drupal Grandmasters and Certified Drupal Developers, students gain an introduction to the Drupal 9 content management system, including site building in Drupal 9, layouts, theming, and module development. Through this program, we hope for students to gain an industry-standard learning opportunity that will give them a leg up in their future careers by learning hands-on applications that will help them gain employment upon graduation.

Internships & Co-Ops

Northern is currently offering internships and co-operative education placements in web development and graphic design.

Many of our interns and co-op students come specifically from Fanshawe. Some are past participants in the short courses or the Digital Marketing Challenge who have gotten to know Northern and chose to pursue a longer opportunity to keep learning. Others are looking for the “agency” experience, which gives exposure to a breadth of project types as opposed to a more specific experience in one category—such as a developer working solely on one website for the entirety of their term. Our four-month placements give students the chance to work with multiple projects across various disciplines and teams that help them find their strengths and improve with an expert mentor.

Digital Marketing Challenge

This two-month experiential learning competition invites teams of students enrolled in Fanshawe’s Business Administration MarketingMarketing Management, and Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Digital Marketing) to plan, implement, and manage live marketing campaigns using Google and Facebook for 16 local businesses.

Looking Ahead

We look forward to meeting this year’s cohort of students, and as Northern continues to grow, we look forward to pursuing new partnerships with other educational institutions in Southwestern Ontario.