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University of Calgary Calendar 2010-2011 Schulich School of Engineering 4. Program Details 4.15 Engineering Internship Program
4.15 Engineering Internship Program

The Engineering Internship Program is a five-year program which includes, in addition to the regular four-year academic program, an internship year (a minimum of twelve and a maximum of sixteen consecutive months) of supervised work experience in industry. The internship year may commence in May or September after the student has completed the first three years of the Engineering program. The student is expected to return to complete the final academic year of the program in September of the following year. In certain circumstances, it may be possible to commence the internship year in January, and return to the academic program the following January. Interested students are encouraged to contact either the Engineering Internship office or the Career Services Office.


Students are encouraged to apply to the Career Services Office after the completion of their second year, and before October 1 in their third year. Students who do not meet the application deadline should contact the Engineering Internship Office regarding admission.

To be provisionally admitted to the Engineering Internship Program, students must be full-time students in good academic standing after second year, and have completed the Career Development Workshop. In addition, a personal interview with the Executive Director or the Associate Director of the Engineering Internship Program is mandatory. Only students who are eligible for full-time registration in the Schulich School of Engineering at the time they apply for the internship program and at the time they expect to start their internship are eligible for access to the placement processes of the Engineering Internship Program. Students are formally admitted to the program when they accept their first placement. Students should refer to the Co-operative Education/Internship section of this Calendar for general admission requirements.


Students must complete a minimum of twelve months work experience while registered in the Internship courses, Internship in Engineering 513.01-04, in addition to the regular requirements for the BSc in Engineering. Students who have completed any portion of the twelve month requirement will not be permitted to apply for positions that extend beyond either the sixteen month maximum permitted to complete the requirements, or the date on which they are expected to resume their academic program.


If a student's academic performance in the third year results in the student being required to withdraw from the Schulich School of Engineering, or being placed on probation, the student will be required to withdraw from the Engineering Internship Program. Students who have been required to withdraw from the Engineering Internship Program will no longer have access to the program's job search systems or support. If the student is required to withdraw from the Engineering Internship Program but has already accepted a placement, the employer will be informed that the student is no longer registered in the Internship Program.

Students who have completed the twelve month minimum requirement will not be permitted to apply for further internship positions.

Students who have accepted a placement obtained through the Co-op/Internship Placement process are required to register in the Internship courses corresponding to the length of the placement. Students failing to do so will be registered by the office of Cooperative Education in the appropriate course(s) and appropriate fees will be payable.

In order to have the Internship designation appear on the BSc parchment, a student must complete the twelve-month minimum requirement and pass the requisite internship courses.

Each work experience is supervised by a Professional Engineer in the host company. Normally the entire internship year is spent with the same employer. Students are required to present letter reports to the Engineering Internship Office at the end of each four month period during the internship year. In addition, a comprehensive report on the student's work experience is required at the end of the internship assignment. This comprehensive report must be approved by the student's work supervisor and is marked and graded by members of the School.