Science Internship Program

Science Internship Program

Turn your classroom knowledge into valuable professional experience!

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!

Eligible students in the BSc, BA*, and BA & Sc* programs can apply to register their internship with us (*restrictions apply).

Industrial Practicum (IP) vs Internship Year in Science (IYS)

The Industrial Practicum (IP) is a zero credit, Pass/Fail course that is at least 12 weeks long (one semester). 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.

The Internship Year in Science (IYS) is an academic program for Science (BSc) students only - it will be reflected on your transcript as Internship Term-Science. IYS internships begin in September, January or May and last for 8, 12 or 16 months. You will be asked to answer a short questionnaire when you reach the mid-point of your internship.

Successful completion of both FSCI 200 and FSCI 300 (Industrial Practicum I & 2) courses or the Internship Year in Science (IYS) Program will allow BSc students to have the Internship Program designation on their transcript (e.g., Bachelor of Science - Biology - Internship Program). Students who register their internship outside the Summer semester (i.e., Fall and/or Winter) will have their graduation date extended in order to complete their academic program. It is recommended that you consult with your academic advisor or program coordinator to make sure your academic standing (e.g., graduation, course availability) allows you to participate in this internship.

Science Internship Progam at a glance.pdf

 

 

Student

 

INDUSTRIAL PRACTICUM

4 MONTHS

(1 TERM)

 

 

INTERNSHIP YEAR IN SCIENCE (IYS)

8/12/16 MONTHS

(2/3/4 CONSECUTIVE TERMS)

 

INTERNSHIP DESIGNATION

MUST COMPLETE

AT LEAST 2 TERMS

BSC - CDN

Fall / Winter / Summer

Fall / Winter / Summer

Yes

BSc - INTL

Summer only

Valid Study Permit

Fall / Winter / Summer

Co-op Work Permit required

Yes

BA & Sc - CDN

Fall / Winter / Summer

NA

NA

BA & Sc - INTL

Summer only

NA

NA

BA* CDN

Fall / Winter / Summer

NA

NA

BA* INTL

Summer only

NA

NA

*BA students majoring in Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology, Environment, or Software Engineering only*

How do I apply?

  1. Check your eligibility. Read the eligibility criteria (see FAQ below).
  2. Secure an internship. Make sure the internship meets our requirements before you sign the offer letter/contract (see FAQ below).
  3. Complete the Science Internship Program Registration Form. Log in with your McGill username.
  4. ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca (Email) a copy of your official offer letter. The offer letter must indicate the position, start and end date, salary, tasks/responsibilities.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or the internship position, send us an ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca (email) with your full name and ID number.

Once your application has been approved, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note that the Industrial Practicum (IP) and Internship Year in Science (IYS) registration can only be done by our Office.

Are you an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT?

  • If you are an international student who meets our eligibility requirements, you can apply to register for the Industrial Practicum (IP) and work full-time without a Work Permit (WP) during the Summer term only, provided that you have a valid Study Permit that includes conditions and/or remarks clearly stating that you are eligible to work on or off-campus. This also applies if you are currently waiting for your Study Permit renewal to be processed (i.e., have an implied status).
  • You are required to have a Co-op Work Permit (CWP) when registered in the Internship Year in Science (IYS) Program. You must have a valid CWP before commencing work. Once you have officially applied to our program following the above-mentioned steps and your application has been approved, our office will provide the letter you need for your CWP application. For more information on how to apply for a CWP Permit and a Social Insurance Number (SIN), please consult with International Student Services (ISS).
  • When registered in IYS, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are covered by your health insurance provider.

Application Deadlines

Complete applications must be submitted two weeks before the internship starts. Retroactive registration will not be processed.

Fall 2023

September 4, 2023

Winter 2023

January 6, 2023*

Summer 2023

April 28, 2023

*NOTE: Please be advised that the University is closed between Christmas and New Year. Apply in early December (or even earlier) if you are starting an internship in W23.

Program Requirements

In order to successfully complete the IP/IYS, you must submit the Student Evaluation/Report Form. Your employer must submit their completed Employer Evaluation Form to our office directly by ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca (email). The evaluation must be satisfactory. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that both documents are submitted by the deadline. Please note that students registered in the IYS year will also be asked to provide us with a short mid-term report.

Once you are registered in the IP/IYS, you will not be allowed to withdraw. You are responsible to complete all of the program’s requirements. Students who do not meet the eligibility and program requirements will receive a failing mark and may not be allowed to register in the IP/IYS in the future.

All University-related activity outside of the Greater Montreal Area must be registered in the McGill Student Travel Registry a minimum of three weeks before departure. Students must download the app on their personal Android or iOS device to register.

You must maintain your eligibility, and ensure that both your Student Report/Evaluation and your Employer Evaluation Form have been submitted, otherwise you will receive a failing mark. If applicable, the Internship Program Designation will be removed as well.

If you do your internship in

Due date for evaluations and summary

 

Summer 2022

August 19, 2022

Fall 2022

December 15, 2022

Winter 2023

April 24, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is an internship and why should I do one?

An internship is a paid, full-time work term done during your McGill undergraduate degree in a field related 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. 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. It also give you the opportunity to earn a healthy income - help pay your student loans/fees, and finance further education.

ELIGIBILITY

Am I eligible to do an internship?
  • You must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student (min. 12 cr) before and after the IP or the IYS is completed. For instance, if you would like to register for an internship in Winter 2023, you must be full-time in Fall 2022 before the internship starts, and full-time in Fall 2023 after completing the internship;
  • You must have completed at least 27 credits at McGill and have at least 12 credits remaining in your degree program;
  • Your CGPA must be 2.70 or higher;
  • It is possible to register for a three-credit course during the internship if you have a CGPA of 3.00+. You and your employer will be required to complete our PDF icon Course Approval Form. You are also advised to speak with your Academic Advisor to discuss your program curriculum to make sure that you will remain full-time after the completion of the internship.
Is my internship eligible?
  • Your internship opportunity must be in the industry. Work in a university lab or with a professor doing research is not eligible. If the latter is the case, please visit the Undergraduate Research website for information.
  • Your internship must be paid (full-time salary); no volunteering will be validated.
  • You must be hired as full time (minimum of 32 hours per week) and for a minimum of 12 full weeks for the Industrial Practicum (IP), or a minimum of 8 months for the Internship Year in Science (IYS).
  • This internship opportunity must be related to your current studies (major and/or minor).
As an ARTS/BA &Sc student-am I eligible?

BA students majoring in Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology, Environment, or Software Engineering, as well as BA & Sc students can apply to register for the Industrial Practicum (IP) only. Eligible students can complete up to four IPs but will not have the Internship Program Designation on their transcript after completing the internships.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or have questions about the internship requirements, please do not hesitate ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca (email )us your inquiries or to book an appointment to speak with us.

ACADEMIC STATUS

The IP and IYS are zero credit. When you are registered, you do not have a status indicated on your transcript (e.g., Full Time, Part Time). You will see the internship registration of FSCI 200/300 Industrial Practicum I/II or Internship Term-Science for the IYS. As a result, certain fees will not be charged. You can check with Student Accounts about the possibility to pay fees to receive services (e.g., SSMU, Athletics, IHI, etc.) and more importantly, ensure that you have insurance coverage. If you obtained approval from your employer and have decided to take one three- or four-credit course, your status will appear as Part Time. For international students, we will provide a letter confirming your internship registration should you need it to renew your immigration documents.

Can I be a full-time student while doing an internship?

Students with a CGPA of 3.00 or higher can register for one three- or four- credit course but will have to obtain approval from their employer. Eligible students can complete and submit the PDF icon Course Approval Form.

Will the IP or IYS interfere with my studies?

It is ideal to do an internship in the Summer term so that it wouldn’t interfere with your studies, but this is a personal choice of course. If you choose to do an internship that is 8 months long or during the Fall or Winter terms, we suggest you consult with your academic advisor/program coordinator to ensure that the internship will not have a negative impact on your academic status (e.g., delay your graduation, course availability).

How many times can I register my internship?

Eligible students can register up to 4 internships (16 months/4 semesters).

Can I register after my first year of studies?

You can apply to register after you have completed at least 27 credits at McGill. All grades must reflect on your transcript as we need to see your current CGPA.

I only found out about the Internship Program but already completed an internship. Can I still register?

Internships cannot be registered or recognized retroactively.

ABOUT INTERNSHIPS

How do I find an internship?

Many internship opportunities are posted on the McGill's Career Planning Service's (CaPS) website; you must apply as instructed on the job posting. CaPS has compiled a list of online job listing sites. Employers who post on these sites are actively looking to fill positions and you may find an opportunity that seems just right for you.You can apply through CaPS's myFuture portal or other job sites such as Linkedin and Indeed. We recommend you meet with a career advisor at CaPS should you need more help on your job search. We also encourage you to attend career-related workshops and consult how-to guides (e.g., CV writing, cover letter writing, interview techniques, cold calling). If you're interested in working in the Engineering, Computer Science and Physical Sciences fields, check out Engineering Career Centre's McGill Tech Fair. The Internship Offices Network (ION) also has a list of available internships.

What are the advantages of registering my internship?

Participation in an Industrial Practicum (IP) or in an Internship Year in Science (IYS) will be noted on your transcript. Moreover, many employers in Quebec specifically hire students whose internship can be registered with McGill for tax credit purposes. We will not sign tax credit documents for internships that were not registered with our Office. For B.Sc. students only - if you complete two IPs or an IYS, The program name on your transcript will change to include the Internship Program designation (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Biology - Internship Program).

I need a Convention de Stage for my internship in France.

The Déclaration relative à la participation d’un étudiant à une activité étudiante (Déclaration) has replaced the Convention de Stage and was created to assist students who want to do an internship in France. Our Office only recognizes the Déclaration - no other form will be accepted nor modifications are allowed. Please refer to the Interning Abroad page for more details.

My internship does not meet the requirements/I am not eligible but I have secured an internship-what can I do?

If it is a summer internship and your employer does not require you to register the internship with us, you should be able to take on the internship like any other summer job. It is important to note however, that your employer will not be eligible to the tax credit document.

  • If you are an international student, it is always best to check with ISS if you have any questions about your immigration status.
  • If you are a BA or BA & Sc student, you may want to consider inquiring about the Arts Internship Program.
I am an employer. How do I recruit students?

Thank you for your interest in hiring McGill students. Please visit the Employer Resource page for more information.

Is there a law that protects interns?

Yes, as of summer 2022, interns will be protected by their own law. You can find more information in these documents: 
PDF icon Law protecting internsPDF icon Law protecting interns (English)
PDF icon bill_14_-_protection_of_trainees_in_the_workplace.pdf

IFSO SERVICES

Proof of Participation (Confirmation Letter)

Should you need confirmation of your current participation or successful completion of the IP or IYS for your immigration document renewal or for your graduate school application, our Office can provide you an electronic copy of this letter. Please send us an ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca (email) and allow us a few days to process your request.

I need to have some application forms signed by the University. Can IFSO do it?

The only official document we can sign for students interning abroad is the Déclaration relative à la participation d'un étudiant à une activité étudiante. The Déclaration cannot be modified. Application for the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) can be signed only if your internship is registered with us.

Contact information

ifso.science [at] mcgill.ca (Field Studies & Internship Office)
McGill University, Faculty of Science
Burnside Hall room 720
805 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal Quebec H3A 0B9
Canada

Please be advised that our Office is closed on Summer Fridays as of June 24 until August 19 (inclusive).

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