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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 Gina Cody School 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 several exceptions:

  • It has a different application process
  • Students obtain 9 academic credits once all work term academic requirements are completed satisfactorily (GRADUATE PROGRAMS ONLY)

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

  • Enhance your 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 

Review this webpage carefully. If you still have questions or concerns, please email coopinstitute@concordia.ca.


Work Term Criteria

  • Paid 
  • Minimum 35 hours a week
  • 12 to 17 weeks 
  • If the student is currently working at the company, the internship must be with a different department and supervisor
  • The student cannot be supervised by a family member. A graduate student must be supervised by an experienced engineer or computer scientist during the work term.
  • The internship must be in an office setting with a physical address (remote/virtual/home-based company opportunities are not approved)

Admission Types

A. Formal Admission: You are formally accepted into the INEX option in the Fall 2018 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). The deadline to apply for formal admission for a work term in Summer 2019, Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 is SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 AT 11:55 P.M. 

B. Retroactive Admission: You were not formally accepted into the INEX option in the Fall 2017 or 2018 semester but secure a work term through your own job search. The deadline to apply for retroactive admission for a work term in Winter 2019 is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 AT 5:00 P.M. IF YOU ARE AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018 AT 5:00 P.M. IF YOU ARE A NON-INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. 


Information Sessions

We strongly recommend that you participate in an information session prior to applying. You will not be able to modify your application after you have submitted it. 

Webinar:
  • Advanced registration is required. If you cannot register it is because the registration deadline has passed or registration has reached full capacity (200 students maximum).
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • The 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 the live webinar, the recording and PowerPoint presentation will be posted on this webpage
Date Registration Link
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for undergraduate and graduate students
REGISTRATION CLOSED, AT FULL CAPACITY

In-Person Session:

  • We are hosting an in-person session in collaboration with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Concordia chapter
  • Advanced registration is required. There are only 60 spots available. 
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students 
  • If you are unable to attend the in-person session, the PowerPoint presentation will be posted on this webpage
Date Location Registration Link
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for undergraduate and graduate students
LB-322 REGISTRATION CLOSED, AT FULL CAPACITY

Undergraduate Student Eligibility and Policies

Eligibility:

  • Are registered in an undergraduate program in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science (Aerospace, Building, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Software Engineering or Computer Science)
  • 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. Cumulative GPA is an on-going calculation based on grades and credits attempted from the beginning of your degree until its completion. 
  • 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:  

  • Students cannot take a leave of absence prior to 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 may complete 1 work term only
  • Students cannot schedule a work term during their capstone project
  • 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 will be enrolled by the Co-op office in the Work Term and Reflective Learning courses 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)
  • 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.

Graduate Student Eligibility and Policies

Eligibility:  

  • Are registered in a course-based (non-thesis) Master's program in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science (Building, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Information Systems, Mechanical, Quality Systems, Software Engineering or Computer Science). Aerospace Engineering graduate students are not eligible for the Industrial Experience program. 
  • 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. Cumulative GPA is an on-going calculation based on grades and credits attempted from the beginning of your degree until its completion. 
  • 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:

  • Students cannot take a leave of absence prior to 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 may complete 1 work term only
  • Students cannot take a course during the work 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.

Formal Admission Appliction Forms, Deadline and Policies

Application Forms:

  • Complete the respective application form by the deadline specified to be considered for formal admission. Incomplete/late/email submissions will not be considered. 
  • 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 AFTER THE FORMAL ADMISSION APPLICATION DEADLINE for the Co-op office to process your application.
Internship Term Type of Student Deadline Application
Summer 2019, Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 Undergraduate Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 11:45 p.m.  NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Summer 2019, Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 Graduate Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 11:45 p.m.  NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Policies:

  • Not all students who apply will be accepted
  • You must be physically located in Montreal in the semester prior to your work term in order to attend interviews at the Co-op office and on-site with employers (i.e. you cannot be on exchange or travel)
  • A job is not guaranteed 

Retroactive Admission Application Forms, Deadlines, Components and Policies

Application Forms:

  • Complete the respective application form by the deadline specified to be considered for retroactive admission. Incomplete/late/email submissions will not be considered.
  • 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
Winter 2019 Undergraduate International Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Winter 2019 Graduate International Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
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

Application Components:

  • 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, 12 to 17 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 offer letter for a graduate student must also confirm that the supervisor for the internship is an experienced engineer or computer scientist. Only an offer letter uploaded as a PDF will be accepted.
  • Graduate students must submit the completed Interview Summary Sheet fillable form. Open with Adobe Acrobat DC. Only a typed form uploaded as a PDF will be accepted.

 Policies:

  • Not all students who apply will be accepted
  • An offer letter from an employer does not guarantee admission
  • 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.

International Student Policies


Fees

  • For information about fees, please visit the Fees webpage

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