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Program Benefits

The benefits of participating in C.Edge are unquestionable and abundant. Here are just a few:

  • Enhance your career-skills through career development webinars and practical in-person sessions.
  • Receive assistance and support in finding an internship in your field.
  • Gain work experience in your field without making a long-term commitment.
  • Apply academic knowledge and theoretical concepts in a practical work environment.
  • Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities.
  • Gain important soft skills and develop independence and maturity.
  • Have a competitive edge when you join the workforce full-time.
     

Testimonials


"Completing the one internship program allowed me to apply the knowledge I have learned in my undergrad to the real world. I was able to learn so much working hands-on in the lab and overall it was a great experience that helped determine what career path is best for me."
Leandro Cedeno, Biochemistry

“My internship helped me develop many skills that they can’t teach you in class but are invaluable for a professional engineer, like rigorousness, autonomy and resourcefulness. It made me a lot more valuable on the professional market and was a decisive factor for receiving multiple offers and landing a great job!”
Thierry St-Arnaud, Computer Engineering

“Thanks to the internship program I spent a whole summer working with a friendly and amazing team. They helped me overcome challenges and guided me throughout the internship. It was a marvellous professional experience!”
Aida Baitassova, Biochemistry

 

Internship Criteria

As with all internships, it must be:

  • Paid
  • Minimum 35 hours per week, full-time
  • 12 to 17 weeks 
  • Start in September, January or May
  • Relevant to student’s program of study.
     

Eligibility

Students:  

  • Admission to the Institute is a competitive process, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee entrance into the Institute's programs.
  • Students apply during the Winter semester, typically within the first year of their degree program.
  • Students can be part-time or full-time during their study terms (international students refer to international student policies below).
  • Must have completed a minimum of 45 Concordia credits not including ECP(extended credit program)/MEP (mature entry program) credits before the internship begins.
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA 2.5.
  • Must be registered in a Concordia University undergraduate academic program which has a C.Edge option:
  • Faculty of Arts and Science
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Economics
    • English (Professional Writing minor only)
    • Journalism
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
    • Design and Computation Arts
  • Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science*
    • All programs

* GCS students cannot schedule an internship during the capstone project and must have satisfied the school’s writing skills requirement prior to the internship

Policies

C. Edge Participants: 

  • Students must be physically located in Montreal in the semester prior to their internship in order to attend interviews with employers (EG: you cannot be on exchange or travel).
  • The Institute will fully support your internship search, but participants are ultimately responsible for securing an internship. 
  • Students are responsible for paying Institute fees.
  • The Institute will assign which term the student participates on an internship, which is typically the Winter/Summer of their 2nd year, or Fall of their third year (for example, student accepted in Winter 2020 would participate on an internship in Winter 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021).
  • Students are responsible for their academic progress (e.g course selection).
  • Cannot rescind an accepted internship offer. A student that rescinds an accepted offer will be immediately withdrawn.
  • May complete 1 internship only (12 -17 weeks).
  • Must complete all Career Fundamentals, academic, reflective learning and Institute requirements as directed.
  • Must have at least 3 credits remaining in their program after their internship and finish their academic program on a study-term; students cannot graduate on an internship.
  • May take one course during their internship with written permission of their employer; the course must not interfere with their internship.
  • Who are not proficient in French must be willing to apply to regions where full bilingual capacity is not required
  • Note: The Institute does not provide advising on academic matters. It is the student's responsibility for knowing the rules, regulations, policies and deadlines in the undergraduate calendar. The Institute is not responsible should students encounter any difficulties registering for academic courses, paying tuition and fees and/or applying for graduation.
  • All employers must be vetted by the Institute.  

International student policies:

  • Typically, International students are required to be registered in a full-time course load during academic terms, regardless of the above policies. International students must always refer to the International Students Office for all questions regarding course registration requirements, immigration, student status, etc.
  •  International students will receive a letter of support for their Co-op work permit application from the Institute upon admission to the program. Please refer to this Handout for more information.  

How to apply

Applications are open until April 1, 2020.  

 


Get more info

Prospective C.Edge students can email questions to c.edge@concordia.ca.

Current C.Edge students should make an appointment to speak with their program coordinator.

 

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