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Industrial Experience Option (INEX)

*The information on this webpage is subject to change without notice

Overview

For detailed information about INEX, review the relevant information carefully:


To add value to your academic program, the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with Co-op offers you an opportunity to gain practical experience in a field relevant to your program of study. The Industrial Experience Option (INEX) is available in all Engineering and Computer Science undergraduate programs and course-based (non-thesis) graduate programs excluding Aerospace Engineering.

INEX functions like regular Co-op programs with two main exceptions:

  • It allows a flexible number of work terms, depending on the degree program 
  • It has a different application process

INEX makes it possible for you to do a 12-16 week paid work term in Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 if you find an internship through your own job search that meets our criteria i.e. you may be eligible to be admitted retroactively. Our formal admissions process for work terms in Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 will take place in September 2018 (only those who are accepted receive access to our database of job postings).

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

  • 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

Review this webpage carefully. If you still have questions or concerns, please email coopinstitute@concordia.ca and address your message to Samantha Hamer, Co-op Administrative Assistant.


Admission Types

A. Formal Admission: You are formally accepted into the INEX option in the Fall semester and secure a work term through Co-op i.e. you complete the Career Fundamentals webinars, in-person Work Term Prep Seminar and apply to jobs on COMPASS (our internal database).

B. Retroactive Admission: You were not formally accepted into the INEX option in the Fall semester but secure a work term through your own job search.


Information Session Webinars

  • We strongly recommend that you participate in an information session webinar prior to applying. You will not be able to modify your application after you have submitted it.
  • Registration is first come, first serve. If you cannot register it is because the webinar has reached full capacity (200 students maximum).
  • Each information session will be delivered as a live webinar using Adobe Connect. As a participant in the webinar, you will view the content that the presenter is sharing, hear the presenter's audio and use the text chat. Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with the URL to access the webinar.
  • If you are an unable to attend a live webinar, the recording and PowerPoint presentation will be posted on this webpage
Information Session Webinar Date
Information Session Webinar Time Information Session Webinar Registration Link  
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 2:00-3:30 p.m. CLOSED
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:00-3:30 p.m.
CLOSED
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 2:00-3:30 p.m.
register here

Application Forms

  • If you find an internship through your own job search that meets our criteria you may be eligible to be admitted retroactively
  • Complete the respective application form by the deadline specified to be considered for retroactive admission
  • We recognize that students eagerly anticipate the release of their decision and would like to know as soon as possible. All admission decisions (accepted or not accepted) will be sent via email. As we receive record numbers of applications, we are unfortunately unable to reply to individual emails regarding the status of an application. Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for the Co-op office to process your application.

 

Internship Term Type of Student Deadline Application  
Fall 2018 Undergraduate
International
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
 CLOSED, NO LONGER  ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Fall 2018   Graduate
International  
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
 CLOSED, NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Fall 2018 Undergraduate
Non-international
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
apply here  
Fall 2018   Graduate
Non-international  
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
appy here
Winter 2019 Undergraduate
International
Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
apply here
Winter 2019 Graduate
International  
Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
apply here
Winter 2019 Undergraduate Non-international Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
apply here
Winter 2019 Graduate
Non-international  
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
apply here  

Undergraduate Student Eligibility, Policies & Retroactive Admission Application Components

Undergraduate work terms must last 12 to 16 weeks and take place during the Summer, Fall or Winter semesters. You also have the flexibility to choose the number of work terms you’d like to do.   

Eligibility:

  • Have completed 1 year of study (i.e. 2nd and 3rd year students)
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 throughout the time you are enrolled in the Industrial Experience option
  • Satisfy the Writing Skills Requirement by either passing the Engineering Writing Test or by completing ENCS 272 with a grade of C- or better
  • Are proficient in either English or French. Students who are weak in French must be willing to do the work term outside of the province of Quebec.

Policies:  

  • If the student is currently working at the company that has provided an offer letter, the internship must be with a different department and supervisor which must be clearly indicated in the offer letter
  • An offer letter from an employer does not guarantee admission
  • Students cannot take a leave of absence prior to the work term
  • Students may complete up to 2 work terms
  • Students cannot schedule a work term during their capstone project
  • Students cannot rescind an accepted job offer. A student that rescinds an accepted job offer will be immediately withdrawn and will not be eligible to re-apply to the program in a future admission term.
  • Should a student wish to take a course during the work term, it must be approved by their work term supervisor and Co-op Academic Director. The student's Co-op Program Coordinator must also be informed. 
  • Students can end their degree on a work term, as long as they attend convocation in the following semester (ex. students completing their degree requirements while on a work term in Fall 2018 must apply to graduate before January 15, 2019 to attend convocation in Spring 2019)
  • The Co-op office 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 Co-op office is not responsible should students encounter any difficulties registering for academic courses, paying tuition and fees and/or applying for graduation.
  • For information about fees, please visit the Fees webpage


Application Components:

  • The respective online application form by the deadline specified. Incomplete/late/email submissions will not be considered.
  • Job description. Only a job description uploaded as a PDF will be accepted.
  • Offer letter from an employer confirming that the internship is full-time, paid, minimum 12 weeks, with a different department and supervisor if the student is currently working at the company and the contact information of the hiring manager or supervisor (name, address, email and telephone number). Only an offer letter uploaded as a PDF will be accepted.


Graduate Student Eligibility, Policies & Retroactive Admission Application Components

As a graduate Industrial Experience student, you complete only one work term in the Summer, Fall or Winter semesters. It must last 12 to 16 weeks and is worth 9 academic credits towards your degree.

Eligibility:  

  • Are registered in a course-based (non-thesis) Master's program in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (EXCEPT AEROSPACE)
  • Have completed a minimum of 8 credits before the work term begins
  • Are enrolled as a full-time student in the semester before the work term
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 throughout your time enrolled in the Industrial Experience option
  • Are proficient in either English or French. Students who are weak in French must be willing to do work terms outside of the province of Quebec.

Policies:

  • If the student is currently working at the company that has provided an offer letter, the internship must be with a different department and supervisor which must be clearly indicated in the offer letter
  • The student must be supervised by an experienced engineer or computer scientist 
  • An offer letter from an employer does not guarantee admission
  • Students cannot take a leave of absence prior to the work term
  • Students cannot take a course during the work term
  • Students cannot rescind an accepted job offer. A student that rescinds an accepted job offer will be immediately withdrawn and will not be eligible to re-apply to the program in a future admission term.
  • Students will be enrolled by the Co-op office in the ENCS 6931 course (worth 9 academic credits) during the work term
  • Students can end their degree on a work term, as long as they attend convocation in the following semester (ex. students completing their degree requirements while on a work term in Fall 2018 must apply to graduate before January 15, 2019 to attend convocation in Spring 2019)
  • Students should consult their respective Graduate Program Director or Graduate Program Assistant for any advising on academic matters. The Co-op office does not provide advising on academic matters. It is the student's responsibility for knowing the rules, regulations, policies and deadlines in the graduate calendar. The Co-op office is not responsible should students encounter any difficulties registering for academic courses, paying tuition and fees and/or applying for graduation.
  • For information about fees, please visit the Fees webpage


Application Components:

  • The respective online application form by the deadline specified. Incomplete/late/email submissions will not be considered.
  • Completed Interview Summary Sheet fillable form. Open with Adobe Acrobat DC. Only a typed form uploaded as a PDF will be accepted.
  • Job description. Only a job description uploaded as a PDF will be accepted.
  • Offer letter from an employer confirming that the internship is full-time, paid, minimum 12 weeks, with a different department and supervisor if the student is currently working at the company and the contact information of the hiring manager or supervisor (name, address, email and telephone number). The supervisor must be an experienced engineer or computer scientist. Only an offer letter uploaded as a PDF will be accepted.  

International Student Policies

  • Students must obtain a valid Co-op work permit through Citizenship & Immigration Canada. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.
  • Students who have maintained full-time status for the duration of their program of study, and who only require a part-time course load in their final academic semester in order to complete their program of study, may work off campus up to 20 hours per week during their final academic semester. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.
  • Students should consult the International Students Office with any questions


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