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Professional internship proposal and guidelines

Professional internships in the Department of Design and Computation Arts give students the opportunity to work in industry for a period of nine to thirteen weeks to allow them to gain experience in a relevant area of expertise.

General guidelines

  • Internship courses are equivalent to three (3) credits.

  • Student must have attained a CGPA of 3.30 (B+) and completed 48 credits in their program.

  • Supervisor must be a full-time faculty member.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 120 work hours during the term.

  • Students are required to complete the work within the regular academic deadlines of the session in which the course will be taken, and the instructor will submit the grade in accordance with the same deadlines as outlined in the undergraduate calendar.

  • Students who have an "Independent student" status cannot register for internship courses.

  • Documents must be submitted to the Department (EV 6.761) two weeks prior to the first day of class to which the student wishes to be registered.

  • The DNE and DISC deadlines must be respected. Students who try to register for this course late must complete a Student Request Form ("Late Registration") and follow the instructions

Course numbers and prerequisites

Computation Arts courses

  • CART455 Professional Internship I (3 credits)
  • CART456 Professional Internship II (3 credits)


48 credits completed in a Computation Arts program; written permission of the Department. Internships approved for credit must be academically appropriate to the program.

Design courses

  • DART 471 Professional Internship I (3 credits)
  • DART 472 Professional Internship II (3 credits)


48 credits in the Major in Design; written permission of the Department. Internships approved for credit must be academically appropriate to the program.

How to apply– documents to submit for application

  • The Professional Internship Agreement Form (with student and supervisor’s signatures).

  • Proposal

    • The student must submit a two (2) page proposal, which includes the purpose, and objectives of the professional internship study and why it is valuable to the student’s field of study in Design or Computation Arts.

  • A signed agreement statement from an internship supervisor at the employer

    • The employer must provide a letter stating their agreement to supervise the student intern and provide company address, telephone and email contacts. The letter should include a summary statement of expectations, responsibilities, length of internship including total hours, number of weeks and must indicate if the student is remunerated. At the end of the internship the employer must agree to send an assessment of the student intern.

  • Supervisor’s signed agreement statement

    • The supervisor must attach an agreement statement, which includes expectations, schedule of meetings and basis and method of evaluation.

  • Copy of student’s record (downloaded from the portal)

A copy of the complete application should be submitted to the Department Assistant (Kathy McAleese) in EV6.761 two weeks prior to the first day of class to which the student wishes to be registered.

Final report guidelines

  • The complete document is required before grades can be assigned. The length of the report is normally 6-10 pages.
  • The internship proposal should be included in the final report. The report will be used for departmental review.
  • The final report must include the letter of assessment from the employer.
  • The report must summarize:
    • What was gained from the internship experience including personal growth and technical and conceptual skills.
    • Why was the internship important for the student’s program of study.
    • State the nature of the work environment including whether the internship involved teamwork, individual tasks or other.
    • Complete outline of the position held, tasks and responsibilities completed and the number of actual hours completed.
    • Photos, screenshots, DVD and other documentation may be submitted to show the internship environment and represent projects completed (with permission of the employer).
  • The text document must be of good quality with edits, spell and grammar checks completed. All supporting visual documentation must be formatted and of good quality.
  • Any changes or modifications to the internship proposal agreement must be clearly stated in the report.


  • Students must submit their final report to their supervisor on the last day of classes for the registration term.

  • Failure to submit the final report on time will result in a failed grade.

  • Students who are potential graduates must submit their report by the last day of classes or risk delaying their graduation from the program.

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