The Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Optional Co-Operative Internship Program (CIP) qualifies for Government of Ontario sponsored Internship initiatives. Our Department specific CIP program is ONLY for students that are in 3rd year completing all their required third year program courses in good standing and with a minimum CGPA of 2.67. All 3rd year program courses (except Liberal Studies) have to be completed no later than the end of the Winter semester of the year you would be scheduled to start your Internship. In the Fall term of the given academic year, an information session is held to introduce students to the CIP and discuss the process and requirements in details.
What is considered a “3rd year” student who qualifies for CIP? FALL SEMESTER Enrolled in required 5th semester courses and successfully completes with a minimum CGPA of 2.67.
WINTER SEMESTER Enrolled in required 6th semester courses and successfully completes with a minimum CGPA of 2.67.
A student who may have successfully completed all third year courses but chooses to enrol in 4th year-level program course(s) cannot qualify for the CIP program. That is, a student taking any 4th year courses after completing 3rd year is not eligible to participate in the CIP program.
If hired, CIP students will spend a period of 8-16 consecutive months, from May to September of the following year, as engineering interns.
CIP students will be enrolled in the course WKT 99A/B Co-operative Internship Program during the academic year in which they work as interns and will be required to pay an internship fee.
After the completion of the internship work term, students return to the academic program to complete their final year of studies.
This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Enrolment in CIP extends the program length to five years.
Completion of the Co-operative Internship Program (CIP) will be identified on the student's transcript as WKT 99A/B:Co-operative Internship Program, with the appropriate grade received.
Step 1 - Attend the Information Session Before applying to participate in the CIP program, students must attend the Co-operative Internship Program Information Session.
Step 2 - Submit the Application Log in to the Department Forums website using your ‘ee” log-in and your “ee” password. The Department will review your application and inform you via email of your eligibility to participate in the CIP program. Eligibility to participate in the CIP program is based on meeting the academic requirements.
Step 3 - Access to the Internship Portal CIP job postings are only visible to students who have been approved into the CIP program. If you have been approved and cannot view the postings, please contact the CIP Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 4 - Interviews/Job Offers Employers inform the CIP Assistant of the candidates selected for an interview. Interviews can be hosted at Ryerson or the company location. Please note that some employers who may be unfamiliar with the CIP recruitment process may contact students directly, in which case, students must notify the CIP Assistant as soon as possible in order to process the interview/offer as an official CIP opportunity and retain your eligibility in the CIP program.
Frequently asked Questions
What is Internship? The Optional Co-operative Internship Program provides full-time undergraduate students who have successfully completed three years of the Electrical, Computer, or Biomedical Engineering programs with the opportunity to obtain practical on-the-job training in a company or an organization for a period of 8-16 consecutive months. The CIP provides practical on-the-job training for students in a company or an organization. Qualified students take part in an application/interview process. The company makes the final selection and offer of employment through the department’s CIP Assistant. The 8-16 months period of employment allows the student to become involved in long-term, substantial projects. Internship placements start in May at the completion of the third academic year. Students who choose to participate in the internship process and secure an internship position with an industry partner will be enrolled by the department in WKT99A/B and will be required to pay an internship fee. Once the work term is successfully completed students return to Ryerson to complete their final year of study. 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 the CIP in the anticipation of accumulating a 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 tapping the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of an outstanding young adult by employing the student. We anticipate that a job offered by the corporate partner will provide:
Significant engineering challenges with the guidance or supervision of a professional engineer at some level. This is essential if the student's CIP year is to qualify for part of the professional experience component necessary for professional certification.
An opportunity for the student to gain verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills in a positive work environment.
What is the difference between Internship and Co-op programs?
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.
Why should I choose internship?
Application of classroom learning to the workplace.
Exploration of career options.
Development and enhancement of professional skills.
Relevant work experience to add to your resume.
A chance to earn money to help pay for your educational expenses.
An opportunity to practice job search skills and expand one’s network of professional contacts.
Internship graduates often find work more quickly than non-internship graduates and typically earn higher starting salaries based on their internship experience.
When can I apply for internship? Prior to applying to participate in the internship process, third year students are invited by the department to attend an internship information session in the fall semester. Students wishing to pursue the internship option may apply on-line to gain approval to participate in the internship process at the beginning of their third year.
Do I need a cover letter and resume? A resume, cover letter and interview skills are critical tools for any job search, the same applies for internships. The Ryerson Career Centre offers regular assistance on these topics. Please visit their website for a list of services provided and start this preparation early.
What if I am an international student? Students are eligible to work on and off campus, so long as they possess valid immigration documents. Please visit International Student Support for further information.
Are students “placed” or do they compete for jobs? Applying for an internship position is similar to the real-world hiring process. The market fluctuates depending on the economy and the government. The availability of internships and the competition for each, play a key role in internship placements each year. The Department facilitates the process for students finding a suitable position with an industry partner. The Department is NOT a placement office; the hiring decision is entirely up to the industry partner.
How many students find internship positions? It varies depending on the number of positions available. It usually takes about 2-4 months to secure a position, but interns can continue searching for up to 8 months as long as they continue to meet the program eligibility requirements
Are internships paid? YES! Salaries are NOT determined by the Department but by the industry partners. The actual salary/wage a student will receive is negotiated between the student and the employer during the hiring process.
What is an acceptable internship position? The requirements for an acceptable internship position are:
Job must be “engineering related”.
Job must be “discipline related”.
Job should involve working with engineers.
Interns must be paid.
An internship position is considered “engineering related” if it provides the student with:
An opportunity to gain understanding of and/or personal involvement in the practical application of engineering, and/or
Exposure to an environment of engineering which encourages the development of professional responsibility, maturity and judgment.
Internship work term must be 8, 12 or 16 consecutive months.
A job is considered “discipline related” if it meets the above criteria and is related to the student’s own discipline within engineering.
How do I select an internship position? Research the internship before you apply and accept it. Read as much as you can about the company and the job, and ask questions of the CIP Coordinator and the employer. Some questions you might ask are:
Will the internship allow me to do the type of work I’m interested in?
How hands-on will it be?
Are interns treated like valued employees?
What types of projects have interns typically done?
What kind of supervision will you receive?
Can you speak to former 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 Office to find out what the current internship fee is and your payment options. For more information please visit Undergraduate Fees by Program.
What about OSAP Students who attend Ryerson on government assistance like theOntario 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.
Does applying for internship obligate a student to accept an offer and take a year off? Participating in the internship program is completely optional. If you meet the department’s requirements and decide to participate you would only apply for internship positions that “appeal” to you. The companies that employ student interns invest significant financial and human resources to the student’s internship not only for the student’s creative contribution to corporate life but also in the hope of identifying promising future employees. If you should receive and accept an offer written or verbal it is understood that once you accept a job offer you are required to honor that acceptance as a contractual agreement with the industry partner. You will not try to alter this agreement nor will you accept any other job offers after accepting the first offer.
When can I begin my internship? Once a student has secured a "department approved" internship position, their work term would begin at the completion of the winter academic semester. Work terms generally start in May.
Where do I find the internship postings? Internship postings are posted on the Internship Portal and Twitter. Jobs are listed on the website for the exclusive use of the students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University. Applications to the job postings by persons who are neither authorized nor approved by the department will be discarded and will not be transmitted to our industry partners.
How does the hiring process work? The department operates a continuous employment process that begins several months prior to the start date of a placement. Industry partners are encouraged to post early so that they will have a greater selection pool to select from.
The industry partner sends a job description along with contact information to the CIP Assistant.
After approval, the job is posted for one – two weeks unless the employer states otherwise.
After the posting deadline, the industry partner is sent all applications that were received for their posting.
The industry partner identifies candidates of interest and the CIP Assistant arranges interviews according to the industry partner’s availability.
The industry partner notifies the CIP Assistant of their selection.
Job offer is extended to students on behalf of the industry partner in accordance with the timeline specified by the department.
Once a student accepts an internship offer his/her contact information is forwarded to the industry partner.
The industry partner and student sign a contract as required by the industry partner.
What parameters are used by industry in choosing an intern?
Your choice of courses is important; some may be particularly relevant to your work-term.
Potential, that an employer can gather from your resume or application; this can be demonstrated through any type of work or academic experience.
Will I have to submit a resume and transcripts? In applying to participate in the internship process you are allowing the department to release your resume, cover letters, transcripts and other relevant information in order to secure employment with an industry partner.
Where can I go for help with my resume and cover letter? You can visit the Career Centre.
How will I know if I have been selected for an interview? Typically interviews are scheduled by the CIP Assistant, however, sometimes an industry partner will contact the student directly and if this is the case, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the CIP Assistant if the interview and if any job offers have been extended to him/her.
Attending the interview
Attendance at all interviews is mandatory.
Be punctual. Arrive at the interview location 10 -15 minutes prior to your schedule time.
Bring a copy of your resume, transcript, references and any additional related material.
Prepare a list of questions to ask the employer.
What if I miss an interview? In the event that a student no longer wishes to attend an interview or has a conflict, they must notify the department immediately. Missing an appointment with an employer sends a signal regarding commitment and interest; it may jeopardize future opportunities with that organization.
Can I find my own internship placement? You can use a job found on your own for an internship credit provided it meets the internship criteria. Job Eligibility Form
The work performed is related to your area of study at Ryerson.
You must provide the department with the industry information as well as your supervisor contact information.
You receive compensation for the work performed.
Your progress on the job is monitored by the Department.
Your performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the industry partner.
It is requested and encouraged, although not mandatory, that the student intern be under direct or co-supervision of a P.Eng. To help students gain experience hours that can be counted towards their P.Eng. Designation.
I do not qualify for the Co-operative Internship Program but I found a job. Can this count as formal "internship"? NO. If you do not find a placement through our CIP program then the job you have found is not a formal internship and the Department will not issue any letters or paperwork stating otherwise, nor will it provide any letter to the employer for tax purposes.
Can I work abroad? The Department does not have a formal program for foreign placements nor do we have the resources to support you in the immigration process to work outside of Canada. Out-of-country placements are found by the students themselves. Be aware that the exercise requires a lot of planning.
Can I start in January? Unfortunately the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Internship program does not have a January start date. Should a student choose to accept a position that starts in January he/she would not be eligible for a work term credit.
Is there a Co-op option? The Department does NOT offer a co-op option. Co-operative Education is a program that integrates terms of academic study with terms of career related work experience (4 month work terms).
Can I accept a 4 month position? Unfortunately the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Internship program does not offer this option. Should a student choose to accept a four month position he/she would not be eligible for a work term credit.
What happens if I do not find an internship position during the fall and winter semesters? Students who are unable to secure an internship position during the regular semesters may still continue to seek work. The Department will continue to post available positions on the IIP web-site and it is your responsibility to continue to check your email for the most recent posting and apply accordingly.
What if I am missing courses? As per University's policies on the Co-operative Internship Program, students who participate in CIP must meet the following three conditions: (i) Full-time students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (ii) have a CLEAR Academic Standing, (iii) have completed *** all THIRD-year *** required courses with a minimum CGPA of 2.67 (B-).
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