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Industrial Experience Option (INEX)

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

Overview

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

-Undergraduate Student Eligibility, Policies & Retroactive Admission Application Components
-Graduate Student Eligibility, Policies & Retroactive Admission Application Components
-International Student Policies
-Retroactive Admission Application Forms
-Retroactive Admission Application Frequently Asked Questions

-Retroactive Admission Application Resources

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

If you are accepted into INEX, you'll have the same responsibilities as students in the regular Co-op programs. Like Co-op, a work term will give you a competitive edge when you join the workforce. As a student you will:

-Enjoy the same benefits
-Have access to the same services
-Apply for jobs the same way and work for the same employers

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

-Receive help in finding a job in your field
-Enhance your skills through career development webinars and practical in-person sessions including job search, résumé, cover letter and interview
-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


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:

  • Are enrolled as a full-time student in the semester before the work term
  • 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.

Requirements:  

  • 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 Co-op Academic Director and their Program Coordinator must 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 Summer 2018 must apply to graduate before July 15 to attend convocation in Fall 2018

For information about fees, please visit the Fees webpage

Application Components:

-If you are currently working at the company, the internship must be with a different department and supervisor which must be clearly indicated in the offer letter


Graduate Students Eligibility, Requirements & 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 13 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.

Requirements:

  • 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 Summer 2018 must apply to graduate before July 15 to attend convocation in Fall 2018
  • 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:

-Respective online application form
-If you are currently working at the company, the internship must be with a different department and supervisor which must be clearly indicated in the offer letter
-Completed Interview Summary Sheet fillable form. Open with Adobe Acrobat DC (only a typed form 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

Application Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for the Industrial Experience Option and have access to your database of job postings?

The formal admissions process for internships in Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 will take place in September 2018. Only those students who are accepted in September 2018 will receive access to our database of job postings.

I would like to do an internship in Fall 2018 or Winter 2019. Can I still apply for the Industrial Experience Option and what is the deadline?

Yes but you must find an internship that meets our criteria through your own job search by the respective deadline.

I would like to do an internship in Summer 2018. Can I still apply for the Industrial Experience Option and what is the deadline?

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2018 internships. The deadlines have passed. This is non-negotiable.

What is the criteria for an internship?

The internshp must be paid, minimum 35 hours a week and 12 to 17 weeks long. If you are currently working at the company, the internship must be with a different department and supervisor.

What is the deadline to apply for the Industrial Experience Option if I have secured a Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 internship through my own job search that meets the criteria?

How do I submit an application to the Industrial Experience Option if I have secured a Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 internship through my own job search that meets the criteria?


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.
 
Fall 2018   Graduate
Non-international  
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Winter 2019 Undergraduate
International
Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Winter 2019 Graduate
International  
Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Winter 2019 Undergraduate Non-international Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Winter 2019 Graduate
Non-international  
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5 5:00 p.m.
 
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