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


In addition to the expectations and benefits of a regular internship at the Institute for Cooperative Education, WIE-CLE offers students the opportunity to:

  • Be mentored by role models who offer real life coaching that will allow you to grow professionally with confidence
  • Learn to overcome common barriers to success in evolving industries
  • Be coached in leadership skills that will enable you to develop sustainable, satisfying careers
  • Explore career options and grow your professional network


About each role in the program

The role of mentors

  • 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

The role of the internship supervisor

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

The role of the student intern

  • 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 interpersonal 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


WIE-CLE welcomes students who are:

  • registered in an undergraduate or graduate program in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science;
  • a member in good standing of the Institute for Cooperative Education in the Co-op, C.Edge or ACE programs;
  • women or individuals using the pronouns she/her/they/them.

Learn more about joining the WIE-CLE program

Student members of the Institute for Co-operative Education: please contact your program coordinator.

Employers: please email us at wiecle@concordia.ca

By the numbers

  • 167 women students have been part of this program since May 2020
  • 19 industry partners from local start-ups to multinational corporations have provided mentored internships for women interns, including: Aviva Canada, Bombardier, Canadian Space Agency, Construction PCL Inc. & PCL Constructors Canada, Cyme International, EXP Services, Genesee & Wyoming, Genetec, L'Oréal Canada, Lockheed Martin, MHI RJ, Morgan Stanley, Nuance Communications, Pomerleau, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Unity Technologies and VuWall Technology
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