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Internship Program

Overview of the Engineering Internship Program

The Engineering Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their studies in an engineering setting in industry or elsewhere, and to explore potential career options. All Engineering Internship students are paid prevailing wages and are generally well paid for these placements.

Internship placement opportunities extend from 12 to 16 months and may be local or abroad. Internship work terms are expected to occur following the student’s completion of the third year of their program. All internship positions must be approved by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to ensure a meaningful engineering experience.

Requirements for participation

Undergraduate students in any Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science program who have a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA can choose to participate in the Engineering Internship Program, although participation is voluntary. Following the internship placement, students must return to complete at least 3 full-time courses prior to graduation, as necessary for employers to receive their CRA tax credit.

Engineering Licensing Experience

Up to 12 months of experience gained through the Engineering Internship Program may count towards the 45 months of experience required for licensing by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), provided the student has completed at least fifty percent of the academic program in which they are registered before the work term and the nature of the work experience is deemed acceptable. Once you have graduated, PEO may accept a copy of the work-term report for licensing consideration along with the PEO Pre-Graduation Experience Form.

BENEFITS FOR ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP STUDENTS

Internship students have the opportunity to:
  • gain meaningful engineering experience that complements academic studies
  • stand out from their peers in the eyes of employers, and thus often obtain more interesting and satisfying careers
  • assess an employer in terms of a potential career
  • earn money during their academic career
  • develop a more professional attitude and approach to tasks
  • use the internship experience to obtain partial credit towards the four years of engineering experience required for engineering licensing, subject to the approval of the licensing body
  • use the activities carried out during an internship term, if suitable, as the basis of a fourth-year design thesis

Monitoring

UOIT strives to connect students with quality companies for exciting employment opportunities and to ensure the internship experience is meaningful. UOIT’s Career and Employment Services Office takes on a supportive role for any workplace issues that may arise and the Internship Coordinator acts as a liaison between the student and employer. This may also include a performance check that is carried out with the employer during the internship term.

Evaluation

There are three documents that must be submitted to UOIT’s Internship and Co-op Office:

The work-term report will be marked by the Faculty within two weeks of concluding the internship placement. A duplicate copy must also be sent to the employer. The Engineering Internship course is graded either a pass or fail and appears on the student’s academic transcript. The pass or fail result is not included in a student’s grade point average.

Recruitment

Students can meet with prospective internship employers from September to March in their third year of study, as companies are requested to submit their job postings during this time. Companies are also invited to present information sessions to prospective internship candidates. The posting of job opportunities, interviewing, and making offers of employment normally conclude by the end of February, but may carry on to early April. UOIT’s Career and Employment Services Office will assist employers and students during the recruitment process.

Placement & Fees

Students interested in the Engineering Internship Program must work with the Internship Coordinator to be approved and registered in the Internship Program (ENGR 0998U). Any student accepting a co-op or internship will incur administration fees of $500 per semester. This fee is subject to change, without notice, based on UOIT Board approval.

Contact

Anne Coulby
Co-op and Internship Coordinator
Tel: 905.721.8668 x5314
Email: anne.coulby@uoit.ca
Web: http://studentexperience.uoit.ca

Benefits for Employers

There are numerous potential benefits to employers, including the following:
  • Students complete three years of academic study prior to the internship, thereby obtaining a solid base of theory and technical skills to assist with engineering tasks ranging from a single project to a series of short-term tasks, depending on the employer’s needs.
  • Students are available on a year-round basis for work terms of 12-16 months, providing ample time for internship students to be productive, and reducing employee training costs.
  • Internship students can be assessed by employers for their ability, professionalism and aptitude as potential career employees.
  • Companies that hire students as part of an internship program may be eligible for financial assistance. Some possible sources of support include the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit and certain Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Awards. Information on these programs is available from UOIT’s Career and Employment Services Office.

Employer Responsibilities

To ensure the internship placement is meaningful, the employer is expected to provide a job that:
  • involves engineering experience
  • allows the student to enhance communication and interpersonal skills
  • occurs in a supportive and constructive work environment
  • is guided or supervised by a professional engineer at some level (this supervision is essential for validation purposes, should the placement count towards the professional experience component necessary for professional engineering licensure)
The employer is also expected to:
  • ensure an appropriate supervisor meets the intern and describes the job and workplace expectations
  • provide the intern with an orientation to the workplace (through appropriate tours, personnel meetings, assigned readings, etc.)
  • arrange regular meetings between the supervisor and intern to allow for mentoring and monitoring of the student’s progress
  • complete a questionnaire about the intern’s performance and final report

For more information or to hire an intern please contact:

Anne Coulby, Co-op and Internship Coordinator
Tel: 905.721.8668 x5314
Email: anne.coulby@uoit.ca

For program-specific questions, please contact:

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Email: engineering.advising@uoit.ca

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