Some students would like to gain valuable paid practical experiences during their degree studies. In Computer Science at McGill there are two good ways to do this. A work-oriented internship or industrial practicum can get you some work experience during your undergraduate studies.
Briefly, you must meet with the Internship Officer to register for the Science Internship Program (Sc.I.). IP/IYS openings are posted on the CAPS and ECC websites; you must apply (when you find an internship you are interested in) as instructed in the job openings. Selected interview candidates are notified by email by the internship office. Offers are made through the internship office to selected students.
The IYS is a paid 8, 12 or 16 month internship available to B.Sc. students. It is a career-related, professionally supervised, paid work term which allows you to experience firsthand the current practices and technologies in business and industry. If you prefer a shorter period, there is also an option of completing a 4-month Industrical Practicum.
The IYS program and the Industrial Practicum courses offer you the chance to test your career goals, gain confidence and experience and to return to your studies more focused, with a sense of where your academic careers might lead. Due to the longer work term, employers tend to assign IYS interns to significant projects which can be seen through from start to finish.
If you complete an IYS internship then this will be recognized by adding the clause "Internship Option" to your degree. The degree "Major in Computer Science" becomes "Major in Computer Science - Internship Option".
Some students find an internship rather long, and would prefer a shorter work experience that might fit into the summer term. The Industrial Practicum works well for this situation. It is a 4-month work term. If you complete an Industrial Practicum you will have this recognized by having a 0-credit course called "Industrial Practicum" added to your transcript. If you complete two IPs the name of your program will change to include the word internship (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Internship Program - Computer Science).
If you would like to find out about the possibility of doing a 4, 8, 12 or 16 month internship during your studies which would be recorded on your transcript, please see Martine Dolmiere (Internship and Field Studies Officer). You can make an appointment by emailing email@example.com or calling 514-398-1063.
For more internships and contact information please refer to the Faculty of Science Internship Web Page.
The McGill Engineering Career Centre offers excellent services to the School of Computer Science students, ranging from help with resume preparation to hosting on-campus company visits. If you would like help with your job search for full-time, part-time or summer jobs, and internships, please go to the Engineering Career Centre (ECC) in the Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22 on the ground floor.
The McGill University Technology Career Fair provides an excellent occasion for McGill students and recent graduates, to network with industry representatives and find out about jobs and internships. A collaborative effort between the Engineering Career Centre (ECC), the Engineering Student Society (EUS), and the Computer Science Undergraduate Society (CSUS), the McGill University Technology Career Fair (McGill Techfair) was created in 2000 to connect students in engineering, computer science and physical sciences with top employers with the purpose of exploring career or internship opportunities. Access is free for students and alumni.
If you are not looking for an internship but are very interested in networking and finding out about the opportunities out there, you can also consider becoming a volunteer and helping out at the Techfair to get an insider's point of view!
For more information on the McGill Techfair, please click here.