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Women in Engineering – Career Launch Experience (WIE-CLE)


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“I want to support and inspire the next generation of women to pursue their dream and achieve their independence. Engineering and computer science is for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or wealth.”

– Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89,
Engineer and philanthropist


Overview

WIE-CLE is a 4-month internship program designed for female students in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science to promote their transition to a successful and sustainable career in industry. Students gain practical, professional work experience while being mentored by leaders in industry dedicated to promoting diversity and women’s engineering careers as a critical part of ensuring the sustainability of the profession.

Program Details

WIE-CLE is available to all female students in the Gina Cody School for Engineering and Computer Science (GCS) at Concordia, who are members in good standing of the Institute for Cooperative Education in the Co-op or C.Edge programs, and who want to jump-start their careers.  

In addition to the expectations and benefits of a regular Co-op or C.Edge internship, WIE-CLE offers students the opportunity to:

  • Be placed in organizations with supervisors that prioritize the professional and personal development of women in the fields of engineering;
  • Be provided with mentors and role models that offer real life training and coaching that will allow them to grow professionally with confidence;
  • Learn to overcome common barriers-to-success in evolving industries;
  • Be coached in leadership skills that will enable them develop sustainable, satisfying careers.

Mentor-Supervisors
Supervisors will:

  • Oversee and coach the student’s daily tasks and internship goals;
  • Mentor the student’s emerging engineering career;
  • Work with the student to promote women’s engineering careers within one or more of the following:
    • The organization
    • The industry
    • Society
    • Education
    • Other
  • Participate in activities or events promoting the roles of women in engineering;
  • Allocate 10-20% of the internship period for the promotion of women in engineering.

Student-Interns
Students will:

  • Develop their understanding of challenges and barriers in the profession (historical, current and predicted);
  • Develop their professional network;
  • Complete all Co-op or C.Edge internship-related requirements;
  • Gain practical work experience in a field relevant to their program of study;
  • Act as a spokesperson and role model to colleagues, fellow students, and others;
  • Apply leadership skills learned by one or more of the following:
    • Become a mentor to another student
    • Give presentations (including for recruitment purposes)
    • Participate in a leadership role in a relevant association or sub-association
  • Complete a work term presentation at the organization’s executive level that includes lessons learned and recommendations.
     

Eligibility

Students:

  • Are registered in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science;
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Institute for Cooperative Education in the Co-op or C.Edge programs;
  • Self-identify as female.
     

Application Procedure

Current Co-op/ C.Edge students apply through Compass and follow instructions included in postings.

Contact us

Current Co-op Students: please contact your program coordinator.
Employers: please email us at
coopinstitute@concordia.ca

 

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