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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.

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 

APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CURRENT INEX STUDENTS ONLY. WE ALSO DO NOT ACCEPT WALK INS.

If you have questions or concerns and are a prospective INEX student, email coopinstitute@concordia.ca. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT A MEMBER OF THE CO-OP TEAM DIRECTLY.


Work Term Criteria

  • Paid 
  • Minimum 35 hours a week
  • 12 to 17 weeks 
  • With a different department and supervisor if the student is currently working at the company 
  • 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.
  • In an office setting with a physical address (not remote/virtual/home-based)

Admission Types

A. Formal Admission: You are formally accepted into INEX and secure a work term through Co-op i.e. you complete the Career Fundamentals webinars, 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 2020, Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 is Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11:45 p.m. The application forms are included below. 

B. Retroactive Admission: You were not formally accepted into INEX but secure a work term through your own job search. The deadline to apply for retroactive admission for a work term in Winter 2020 is Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:45 p.m. for non-international students. We are currently accepting retroactive admission applications from non-international students for Winter 2020 work terms ONLY. The application form is included below. 


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 (95 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 Deadline Registration Link
NONE SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME Not Applicable  Not Applicable 

Undergraduate Student Eligibility and Policies

Eligibility:

  • Registered in BEng or BCompSc in Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science (Aerospace, Building, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Software Engineering or Computer Science)
  • In 2nd or 3rd year of program (i.e. have completed a minimum of 3 semesters of Engineering and Computer Science courses)
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 throughout the time enrolled in INEX. Cumulative GPA is an on-going calculation based on grades and credits attempted from the beginning of your degree until its completion. 
  • Satisfied the Writing Skills Requirement by either passing the Engineering Writing Test or by completing ENCS 272 with a grade of C- or better
  • 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:  

  • Cannot take a leave of absence prior to the work term
  • 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.
  • May complete 1 work term only
  • Cannot schedule a work term during capstone project
  • All students enrolled in programs offered by the Institute must finish their academic program on a study-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. 
  • Will be enrolled by the Co-op office in the Work Term and Reflective Learning courses during the work term
  • 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:  

  • Registered in MEng or MApCompSc (course-based) in Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science (Building, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Information Systems, Mechanical, Quality Systems, Software Engineering or Computer Science) 
  • MEng Aerospace or Environmental Engineering students are not eligible
  • Thesis-based students are not eligible 
  • Completed a minimum of 8 credits before the work term begins
  • Must be classified as having full-time status
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 throughout the time enrolled in INEX. Cumulative GPA is an on-going calculation based on grades and credits attempted from the beginning of your degree until its completion. 
  • 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:

  • Cannot take a leave of absence prior to the work term
  • 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.
  • May complete 1 work term only
  • Cannot take a course during the work term
  • All students enrolled in programs offered by the Institute must finish their academic program on a study-term
  • Will be enrolled by the Co-op office in the ENCS 6931 course (worth 9 academic credits) during the work term. Students must have a minimum of 9 credits available in their degree. 
  • 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 Application Forms, Deadline and Policies

Application Forms:

  • Complete the respective application form by Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11:45 p.m. 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.

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 
Type of Student Deadline Application
Undergraduate DEADLINE HAS PASSED, NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Not Applicable
Graduate  DEADLINE HAS PASSED, NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Not Applicable

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 2020 Undergraduate Non-International Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. apply here
Winter 2020 Graduate Non-International  Friday, December 6, 2019 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

  • Students must obtain a valid Co-op work permit through Citizenship & Immigration Canada. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.
  • Admission into INEX is not guaranteed even if you have signed a contract/employment agreement/offer letter. Students are not permitted to work full-time without a Co-op work permit. 
  • Students should consult the International Students Office with any questions

Fees

  • For information about fees, please visit the Fees webpage

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