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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 an 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 equity, diversity and inclusion by promoting 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, C.Edge or ACE programs, and who want to jump-start their careers. 

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

  • Be placed in organizations with leadership that prioritizes 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 to develop sustainable, satisfying careers.
  • Explore career options and grow their professional network.

Mentors will:

  • Mentor the student’s emerging engineering career;
  • Participate in activities or events promoting the roles of women in engineering;
  • Open doors to experiences and people to further the student’s professional development;
  • Ensure the student spends about 10% of her internship in WIE-CLE activities.

Supervisors will:

  • Oversee and coach the student’s daily tasks and internship goals.

Student-Interns will:

  • Develop their understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion including the challenges and barriers in their profession;
  • Develop their professional network;
  • Develop their leadership, communication and inter-personal skills;
  • Complete all Co-op, C.Edge or ACE internship-related requirements;
  • Gain practical work experience in a field relevant to their program of study.
 

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, C.Edge or ACE programs;
  • Self-identify as female.

Application Procedure

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

Current ACE students contact your ACE program coordinator. 

Contact us

Current Co-op / C.Edge / ACE Students: please contact your program coordinator.

Employers: please email us at info.coop@concordia.ca

 

WIE-CLE Summary: May 2020 - April 2022

  • 89 student placements
  • 14 industry partners: Bombardier, Canadian Space Agency, Cyme International, Genesee & Wyoming, L'Oréal Canada, Lockheed Martin, MHI RJ, Morgan Stanley, Nuance Communications, PCL Constructors Canada, Pomerleau, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Unity Technologies and VuWall Technology

CARE 2021 WIE-CLE Mentor Award

 

 

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