The Co-operative Internship Program (CIP) provides an opportunity for the student and the corporate partner to learn about each other with future career employment in mind. The student invests an academic year in CIP in the anticipation of accumulating significant engineering experience while gaining an insight into the industrial workplace. The corporate partner is investing in an opportunity to assess a potential career employee and tap the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of an outstanding young adult by employing the student.
Benefits for the Employer The Co-operative Internship Program is structured to provide several key features to prospective employers:
Due to the applied engineering emphasis in their education, reinforced with a high percentage of individual practical projects, Ryerson engineering students enjoy the reputation of being able to contribute immediately to their new job.
By restricting participation in CIP to students who have completed three years of the engineering program, our interns are positioned to provide significant contribution to their employers during their internship.
With a twelve to sixteen month work period, companies can engage the internship students in long-term projects with significant payback to the company as well as providing substantive experience to the student.
Employers have the opportunity to help train and guide the next generation of professionals in their field.
Financial Incentives There are a number of incentives that allow companies to reduce the cost of hiring an intern:
Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit: In 1997 the provincial government of Ontario enacted legislation under which corporate partners, who hire co-op and/or internship students, may be eligible to receive the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit.
NSERC Eligibility: Internship students are eligible for an NSERC award. For more information please visit NSERC.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between internship and co-op?
Internship students complete one consecutive work term in 8, 12 or 16 months.
Co-op students alternate work terms with their academic terms for 4 months.
What types of organizations can participate in the Co-operative Internship Program? All organizations are welcome to post positions as long as the internship posting meets the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering CIP criteria.
When is a good time to post a position? Internship positions can be posted at any time throughout the year. Employers seeking applicants for Spring (May) placements usually begin posting positions in late fall (November) or early winter. (January)
How long will a posting remain on the CIP Job Board? We encourage employers to indicate application deadlines as well as a closing date but typically a posting is posted for two weeks.
Who can view available internship position(s)? Third year students who are enrolled in the Electrical, Computer or Biomedical Engineering program and who have met the Department’s internship requirements must login to view each posting.
How can students apply to a posting?
Students can apply directly to an industry partner’s website or directly to the hiring manager.
When specified by the industry partner students can apply through the Department.
Do interns get credit for completing an internship work term? CIP is a registered academic program and interns receive a grade of PASS/Fail for completing their 8, 12 or 16 month work term as determined by the industry partner.
I am hiring my first intern, any tips?
Ensure the intern participates in project-related work as students are more likely to apply for and continue an internship if they engage in quality experiential learning.
Set clear expectations before the beginning of the internship.
Explain what you expect from the intern at the beginning of the internship. Clarify what learning objectives the intern wants to accomplish by the end of the internship. This decreases the chance for confusion and frustration and increases the quality of the internship for both you and the intern.
Provide consistent positive and constructive feedback and a final evaluation. In addition to serving as a valuable learning tool for students, consistent feedback will most likely increase the quality of the intern's performance. It is also a great opportunity to address the intern's questions.
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