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Internship Opportunities for Science Undergraduates

What is an internship and why should I do one?

Would you like to test drive a job before you launch into a career? Would you like some help figuring out what it is you want to do after university? How about earning money to fund further education? You can do all these things with an internship!

An internship is a PAID, full-time work term done during your undergraduate degree in a field related to your studies.

Apply theory to practice
An internship will allow you to take the knowledge gained from your classes at McGill and apply it to hands-on, real-life situations. Integrating theory with practice will help sharpen your professional skills and prepare you for your career.

Got the What do I want to be blues?
Making decisions about your career can be a difficult, often bewildering, experience. By doing an internship you will get a better sense of what it is you like to do and how you can shine as a professional. Solidify your career goals and gain some valuable experience in the process.

Earn money
Imagine earning a healthy income, paying down your student loans, and financing further education. In doing an internship, you earn a minimum of $25,000 annually (pro-rated for internships lasting more/less than a year).

Enhance your degree
Participation in an IYES or IP internship will be noted on your transcript. For IYES, the name of your program will change to include the word internship (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Internship Program - Biology).

Features of the IP Program (4 months)

An Industrial Practicum (IP) is a zero credit, Pass/Fail course which will appear on your transcript.

  • In order to obtain a Pass grade, you must:
    1. work for the mandatory minimum period of 14 weeks;
    2. obtain a satisfactory evaluation from your employer; and
    3. submit an evaluation and a written report.
  • IP internships begin primarily in May, with some positions available for January and September.
  • Your summer job can be turned into an IP. Certain employers request this in order to receive a government tax credit.
  • There is no charge to apply for IP positions; however, if placed in an IP, you will be charged $250 ($150 if you find your own IP).

Features of the IYES Program (8, 12, or 16 months)

  • An Internship Year (IYES) is an academic program - it will be reflected on your transcript and is included in your program name (e.g. Bachelor of Science - Internship Program).
  • IYES internships begin in January, May or September and continue for 8, 12 or 16 months.
  • Students on IYES internships have their graduation date extended in order to complete their academic program.
  • At the end of the IYES internship, you will be required to submit an evaluation and a written report of your work experience.
  • There is no charge to apply for internship positions; however, if placed in an internship, you will be charged $800 ($600 if you find your own internship).

Am I eligible to do an internship?

  • You must be a full time undergraduate student in Science before and after the IYES or IP is completed.
  • For IYES: you must have between 15 and 45 credits remaining in your degree program (no credit requirements for IP).
  • Your GPA must be 2.6 or higher.
  • International students are eligible to apply to all IYES positions (unless otherwise indicated in the job posting) and to summer IPs (provided the student has an off campus work permit).

How does the application process work?

  • IYES: Students are required to submit an IYES registration form along with their resume and a Minerva transcript before submitting any applications. Students are encouraged to attend an Internship Information Session.
  • IYES/IP openings are posted on the CAPS website; students must apply as instructed in the job openings.
  • Selected interview candidates are notified by e-mail by the Internship Office.
  • The schedule of application deadlines is available at the Internship Office (FDA 20) or online at
  • Offers are made through the Internship Office to selected students.

Where can I intern?

IBM Ubisoft Oracle Matrox
Motorola Stryker Merck Frosst National Research Council (NRC)
Kruger Alcan LOral Health Canada
Versentech Ericsson Environment Canada Kraft Canada
Nortel DuPont Canadian Space Agency Nova Chemicals
Renault GE Canada CAE ABB (Switzerland)
Encana Bombardier Electronic Arts (EA) Gennum
Teck Cominco Lanxess InterDigital Imperial Oil
Alcatel Air Liquide Petro Canada Pratt & Whitney
And more...

Where can I get more information about IYES and IP?

The Internship Office is located in FDA 20. Please drop by or e-mail the Internship Coordinator if you have any questions.

Debbie Hamel
Internship Coordinator
Internship/IP Office
Frank Dawson Adams Building
3450 University St., Room 20
Montreal, QC H3A 2A7