McGill Engineering has two different programs whereby students can acquire relevant work experience in industry. Undergraduate students studying Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical or Software Engineering can participate in the Engineering Internship Program. Mining and Materials Engineering students participate in a mandatory cooperative education program. Students in Software Engineering enrolled as of September 2021 participate in a mandatory cooperative education program and complete four work terms over the course of their degree.
Engineering Internship Program (EIP)
McGill’s Engineering Internship Program provides undergraduates an opportunity to participate in 4, 8, 12 or 16 month-long engineering internship terms commencing in September, January or May. The duration of each internship term must be between 12 and 16 weeks.
The Engineering Internship Program gives employers the opportunity to invest in future employees while contributing to students' educational process in a significant and meaningful way. Our students participate in internships in order to further their academic, professional and personal growth.
Criteria for an engineering internship
- The internship must be a full-time paid position with a salary based on the student's experience and level of studies
- The duration of each internship must be between 12 and 16 weeks, starting in September, January or May
- Student may begin 16 month-long internships only in May
- The work must be related to the student's field of study
- The student must be assigned to a supervisor who is an engineer or other related professional
- Relevant training and regular feedback must be provided
- The supervisor will be required to complete a short evaluation at the end of the student's work term
- The internship must be approved by the Engineering Career Centre
EIP program participants
- Well-rounded students possessing an excellent work ethic, strong communication skills, dedication to their field of study, and the desire to obtain experience in industry
- Students must be returning to their undergraduate program as a full-time student post-internship
Why the industry should participate in the EIP program
- To gain access to motivated and talented students who can bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm
- To contribute to the professional development of engineering students and help them explore career options
- To train and screen potential employees before making long-term decisions
- To help advance projects your staff don’t have time to develop
- To develop new and closer ties with academia
Program procedures and timeline
- McGill does not have any preset deadlines for posting/interviews/offers; we will comply with company preferences.
- Employers post their job descriptions directly through myFuture, choosing “McGill Engineering Internship Program” (PLEASE POST POSITIONS ONE TERM PRIOR TO INTERNSHIP START DATE).
- Application submission options:
-applications may be submitted on the company website
-applications collected on our site
- Please contact our office to arrange interviews and ensure students are eligible for the Engineering Internship Program (EIP).
- Please extend your offers through our office, and we will notify the students.
- Please confirm employment by email to our office and to the students.
It is expected that employers will:
- extend all job offers through the Engineering Career Centre
- confirm acceptance of job offers and terms of employment in writing to students and to the institution
- honour all offers of employment
- provide a job that relates to the position posted
- provide accurate and complete information on job responsibilities, compensation and benefits
- provide the student with a thorough orientation to the job and company
- assign a mentor or advisor to assist the student to identify goals and clarify role and responsibilities
- treat the student as an employee, let their expectations be like their co-workers'
- provide the student with relevant training and development opportunities
- monitor the student's progress, and provide formal/informal feedback on a timely basis to both the student and the institution