What is my status while I am on internship? Students that are on a “department approved” internship and have paid the internship fee as determined by the Student Fees Office are considered active Ryerson students. During your internship placement you are a registered student at the university and you are expected to conduct yourself professionally in all your dealings with those involved in the internship process and to behave in a professional manner in the workplace.
When will I be enrolled in WKT99A/B? Enrolment in WKT99A/B is done by the Department during the academic year in which students work as interns.
Is there an internship fee? Yes, all students registered in a work term are assessed a one-time fee that is applied to a student’s account and is payable upon enrolment by the Department in WKT99A. Please contact the Student fees Officeto find out what the current internship fee is and your payment options. For more information please visit Undergraduate Fees by Program How is work term graded? Work-terms are graded on a Pass/Fail basis and are recorded on the student’s academic transcripts. A PSD grade has no numerical value and is not included in a student’s grade point average; a failure is graded ‘F’ and is included in a student’s grade point average. Participation and successful completion of the CIP, however, appears in the student’s academic transcript.
Your internship grade is based on the following requirements:
Adhere to the working practices of the host organization.
Comply with the internal rules and regulations of the host organization.
Respect the start and end dates of the internship specified in the formal offer.
Completion of your contractual obligations to the employer.
Submission of your mid-term and final evaluations.
Submission of your Supervisor evaluations (midterm and final).
Can I still participate in interviews after I have accepted an internship offer? Once an internship offer has been accepted, the student is then committed to the position and NO subsequent applications, interviews or job offers will be accommodated.
Can I decline an offer after I have accepted? If you accept an offer and then you decide that you would like to decline, you will be denied further access to the CIP web-site and you will not be allowed to continue to take part in the internship process. The department and industry partners expect students to be honest and honorable and will NOT in any way facilitate students “shopping” for the “best” position. This has always been the department’s policy.
Can I terminate my internship early? If there are circumstances that impact on the completion of an internship work term the student must discuss the situation with their employer and the CIP Coordinator and attempt to resolve the problems before terminating their employment. Please contact the Department at email@example.com for further information.
Can I extend my internship beyond sixteen months? A student is eligible to be part of a work-term for a maximum of sixteen (16) consecutive months. If a student chooses to go beyond sixteen months it would NOT be recognized by the department as a work-term. The student would be required to take a Short Term Withdrawal from the University and would no longer be considered a full time student.
Can I take courses while on a work term? Taking day school courses during the semester of a work term is NOT permitted. Credit will not be given for a work term during which time the student has also taken courses. While we recommend that students devote their full attention to their employers while at work, students may choose to complete a course through Continuing Education (Chang School) during a work term.
What if I don’t like my internship position? Once you accept an offer, you are making a commitment to an employer to complete the agreed work terms. Trying a position and then deciding to quit is not an option. However, the Internship Coordinator will work with you if you have any issues or concerns with your internship and we encourage you to speak with them as early in your internship as possible.
What are my rights while I am on an internship? Whether you apply for jobs you learned about through the Department's Internship Portal or independently, it is your responsibility to verify the terms and conditions of employment with the employer. To learn more about your rights and responsibilities as an applicant and an employee visit:
Will there be support for me while I am on internship? Yes. During your internship you will have access to the CIP Coordinator and CIP Assistant. We encourage students to contact either one if there are any concerns regarding their internship placement.
How many hours per week will I be expected to work? Typically an intern work day could be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. However, depending on the industry partner’s requirements students may find themselves on shift work, working overtime, working earlier or later hours, or working on weekends if the position demands it. Work hours are normally mentioned in the job posting or during the interview process and are often stipulated in the job offer that students agree to and sign.
Can I take a vacation when I am on a work-term? Other than statutory holidays and any other company designated holidays, internship students typically do not get vacation during the course of a work-term. If you are employed for a work-term of 12 months or longer you may be eligible for vacation time according to company policy.
Should I sign a confidentiality agreement? Respect for confidentiality is a key component within the CIP Program. Students are expected to sign and follow the intent of any confidentiality agreement with the industry partner.
What is the dress code during my internship work term? Generally speaking, the dress code at most work place is “business casual”. Once you begin your internship you can discuss your dress code with your supervisor as each work place has their own rules regarding what to wear.
What happens if I am late or absent from my internship? You are expected to arrive on time for work each day as assigned. The following steps will occur if you are late or absent during your internship:
Your supervisor and you inform the CIP Coordinator of the lateness/absences.
The CIP Coordinator will speak with you and your supervisor to resolve the issue.
If the lateness and absenteeism continues the industry partner reserves the right to terminate your internship contract.
Can I get health benefits and coverage from my internship employer? Other than the basic requirements of coverage required by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, most employers do not provide health care benefits to student interns. Your health benefits are covered under your own personal health plan or the Ryerson Student Health Plan if you are a subscriber. We advise any student receiving health coverage under the Ryerson Student Health Plan to notify the Health Plan Office firstname.lastname@example.org that you require coverage when you are on a work-term. For additional questions or concerns, contact RSU’s Health and Dental plan Administrator at email@example.com or 416-979-5255 x2311.
What about OSAP? Students who attend Ryerson on government assistance like the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) are eligible to participate in the internship process. However, optional internship work terms are not eligible to receive a Confirmation of Interest Free status for their existing OSAP loans. Optional internship work terms are not required in order to graduate. For additional information please visit Student Financial Assistance.
What about my taxes? Contact Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281 for information on your tax status. Many students have different tax circumstances that will change the way they are able to file their taxes. Students on international placements are expected to file a Canadian income tax return.
After you start your work term, you are no longer considered to be a full-time student according to the Canada Revenue Agency: “If a student is receiving a salary or wage while on a job-related course, that student is not eligible for the Education Deduction”.
You can still claim Internship course fees as part of the total tuition you paid for the year. You should also claim any tuition paid for any additional courses taken while on Internship.
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