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 directly 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 of these with an internship!
An internship gives you the opportunity to gain professional and practical experience in your field of study prior to graduation. An internship is a paid, full-time work term done during your McGill undergraduate degree in a field related to your studies.
Add a practical element to your studies
An internship permits 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 and 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.
Earn a healthy income, pay down your student loan, and finance 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. For B.Sc. students , if you complete two IPs or if you participate in an IYS , your program name will change to include the Internship Program designation (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Biology - Internship Program).
- You must be registered as a full time student before and after the IP or the IYS is completed.
- You must have completed at least 27 credits and have at least 12 credits remaining in your degree program.
- Your CGPA must be 2.7 or higher.
- International McGill students are eligible to apply to all IYS positions (unless otherwise indicated on the job posting) and to summer IPs (restrictions apply - consult the Internship Officer).
***Note that this office will not provide any supporting documents or letters for your internship***
- Openings are posted on the CaPS website; students MUST apply as instructed on the job posting. For additional information on how to obtain an internship, check the student resources page.
- Students are encouraged to attend career related workshops (CV writing, cover letter writing, interview techniques, cold calling) and meet with a career advisor.
- Once you secure an internship, you must notify the Internship Officer to register for the Science Internship Program. Click here on registration_form.pdf
***Note that it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to research and secure an internship that is best suited for his or her studies.***
|Fall 2016||September 20, 2016|
|Winter 2017||January 17, 2017|
In order to successfully complete the Science Internship Program, you MUST submit the following evaluation/summary report web form.
Your employer must submit an employer evaluation form. This evaluation must be satisfactory. The form must be signed and sent directly to internshipsfieldstudies [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Internship & Field Studies Office).
Deadlines to submit evaluations and summary
|If you do your internship in||Due date for evaluations and summary
|January 6, 2017|
|May 5, 2017|
|Summer 2017||September 8, 2017|
An Industrial Practicum (IP) is a zero credit, Pass/Fail course. The FSCI 200 (Industrial Practicum I) and FSCI 300 (Industrial Practicum II) will be added to your transcript and will become part of your program.
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 usually begin early May and continue through the summer until mid-August (14 weeks).
Your summer job can be turned into an IP. Certain employers request this in order to receive a government tax credit.
There is no student fee and no course fee to apply for the IP.
Completion of both FSCI 200 and FSCI 300 courses will alllow B.Sc. students to add the "Internship Program" designation to their transcript (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Biology - Internship Program).
Internship Year in Science (8, 12, or 16 months)
An Internship Year in Science (IYS) is an academic program for Science students - it will be reflected on your transcript as "Internship Term - Science".
IYS internships begin in September, January or May or and last for 8, 12 or 16 months.
Students on the IYS internship have their graduation date extended in order to complete their academic program.
You will be asked to answer a short questionnaire when you reach the mid-point of your internship.
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 student fee and no course fee to apply for the IYS.
If you successfully complete the IYS internship, for B.Sc. students your program will be changed to include the "Internship Program" designation (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Biology - Internship Program).
internshipsfieldstudies [dot] science [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Internship & Field Studies Office)
Faculty of Science
Dawson Hall Room 408
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal Quebec H3A 0G5