Turn your classroom knowledge into valuable professional experience
What is an internship and why should I do one?
Would you like to "test drive" a job before you launch into a career? Would you like some help figuring out what it is you want to do after university? How about earning money to fund further education? You can do all these things with an internship!
Internships allow students to gain professional and practical experience in their field of studies prior to graduation. An internship is a paid, full-time work term done during your undergraduate degree in a field related to your studies.
Add a practical element to your studies
An internship allows you to take your classroom knowledge and apply it to hands-on, real-life situations. Integrating theory with practice will help sharpen your professional skills and prepare you for your career.
Got the "What do I want to be blues?"
Making decisions about your career can be a difficult, often bewildering, experience. By doing an internship you will get a better sense of what it is you like to do and how you can shine as a professional. Solidify your career goals and gain some valuable experience in the process.
Imagine earning a healthy income, paying down your student loans, and financing further education.
Enhance your degree
Participation in an Industrial Practicum (IP) or in an Internship Year in Science (IYS) will be noted on your transcript. If you complete two IPs or if you participate in an IYS , the name of your program will change to include the word internship (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Biology - Internship Program).
- You must be a full time undergraduate student in Science before and after the IP or the IYS is completed.
- You must have completed at least 27 credits and should have at least 12 credits remaining in your degree program.
- Your CGPA must be 2.7 or higher.
- International students are eligible to apply to all IYS positions (unless otherwise indicated in the job posting) and to summer IPs (provided the student has an off-campus work permit).
- IP/IYS openings are posted on the CaPS website; students MUST apply as instructed in the job openings. Check the student resources page for additional information on how to obtain an internship.
- Students are encouraged to attend career related workshops (CV writing, cover letter writting, interview techniques, cold calling) and meet with a career advisor.
- Once you secure an internship, you must notify the Internship Officer to register in the Science Internship Program.
***It is ultimately the responsibility of the students to research and secure an internship that is best suited for his or her studies.***
An Industrial Practicum (IP) is a zero credit, Pass/Fail course which will appear on your transcript.
In order to obtain a Pass grade, you must:
- Work for the mandatory minimum period of 14 weeks;
- Obtain a satisfactory evaluation from your employer; and
- Submit an evaluation and a written report.
IP internships begin primarily in May, with some positions available for January and September.
Your summer job can be turned into an IP. Certain employers request this in order to receive a government tax credit.
There is no charge to apply for IP positions.
If you complete two IPs the name of your program will be changed to include the "Internship Program" option(e.g. Bachelor of Science - Biology - Internship Program).
IYS Features (8, 12, or 16 months)
An Internship Year in Science (IYS) is an academic program - it will be reflected on your transcript and is included in your program name (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Biology - Internship Program).
IYS internships begin in January, May or September and continue for 8, 12 or 16 months.
Students on IYS internship have their graduation date extended in order to complete their academic program.
At the end of the IYS internship, you will be required to obtain a satisfactory evaluation from your employer and submit an evaluation and a written report of your work experience.
There is no charge to apply for IYS positions.
Ms. Heather Yeoman
internshipsfieldstudies [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Internship & Field Studies Officer )(Acting)
Faculty of Science
Dawson Hall Room 408
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal Quebec H3A 0G5
Consult our brochure: Science Internship Program brochure.pdf