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QUIP student working Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)

The Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) provides students with a 12-16 month work experience. QUIP internships are paid, professionally supervised, career-related positions designed to offer second or third year students the opportunity to learn about current advances, practices and technologies in business and industry. 

The program is open to domestic and international students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, and School of Computing. 

NEW! As of September 1st, 2016, only QUIP registrants are able to view QUIP postings in MyCareer. Please see the "How to Register for QUIP" section for more information and to download a registration form.

Search QUIP job postings                         Contact QUIP coordinator

Hear from a QUIP Intern - article from What's Next? magazine

Got Questions?  Come and see the QUIP Coordinator during QUIP Drop-in Advising Hour – no appointment necessary!

QUIP Drop-in Advising: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11-12 in the Career Advising and Resources Area (Sept-April)

QUIP Information Sessions Coming Up In January: see times and event locations in the Events Calendar in MyCareer.

Eligibility

The program is open to students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (domestic and international), Faculty of Arts and Science (domestic and international), School of Computing (domestic and international).  

  • Queen’s students can participate in QUIP after their 2nd or 3rd year of studies and must be returning to complete their final academic term after the internship.  
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 1.9 and the permission of your undergraduate chair to register in QUIP.
International Students

International students require a Co-op/Intern Work Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to participate in QUIP. International students participating in QUIP must apply to extend their Study Permit to reflect the new completion date of their degree.  Please visit the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to learn more about requirements for work and study permits.

What's In It For You?

 

  • Test drive your career choice 
  • Take a break from academics and start applying your skills to the workplace
  • Return to your final year of studies with renewed energy and deeper understanding of course materials
  • Earn and learn to reduce your debt; most scholarships can be deferred (check with Student Awards) and students may be able to defer interest payments on government assistance loans
  • Make valuable business/industry contacts to build your professional network
  • Learn what employers really want from new grads
  • Make ties with other interns, take a mentor role by sharing your experience with other students
  • Return to Queen's with an impressive resume and have more experience to start your after-graduation job search
2016-17 Information Sessions

Want to learn about QUIP? QUIP coordinators will be hosting faculty-specific information sessions.  PLEASE REGISTER in MYCAREER.

Fall 2016 Information Sessions

September 14th (Engineering*)

September 15th (Arts & Science*)

September 19th (Computing*)

September 21st (Arts & Science*)

September 22nd (Engineering*)

October 27th (Arts & Science*)

 

Winter 2017 Information Sessions

January 11th (Engineering*)

January 12th (Computing*)

January 16th (Arts & Science*)

*Students are welcome to attend any of the information sessions, but they are encouraged to attend one that is targeted to their faculty.

REGISTRATION for info sessions:  Students can view information session times and locations and register for the sessions on the Events Calendar in MyCareer. 

Hiring Schedule

The following chart provides a guide to the peak recruitment periods in QUIP.  However, recruitment activities can take place throughout the entire year and students are encouraged to monitor the QUIP posting board until they have secured a suitable position.  Students are encouraged to register and begin actively applying as soon as possible.

 

Semester

Internship Start Dates

Suggested Student Registration Period*

Jobs Posted

(highest volume period)

Applications and Interviews

Interviews and Offers Extended

Fall (Sept-Dec)

January or May

September

Mid-September to October

 

 

October

October-November

Winter (Jan-April)

May or September

September – January/February

 

January-February

 

 

February

February-March

Summer (May-August)

September

September – May/June

May-June

June-July

June-July

*Registration in QUIP is ongoing – we recommend registering as early as possible in order to maximize the time available for attending workshops, 1-1 advising and exploring internship opportunities.

How to Register for QUIP
  • Download a faculty-specific registration form from our website OR pick one up from Career Services
  • Read the QUIP Policies and Regulations
  • Ensure you are eligible - minimum GPA of 1.9 and returning for your final academic term after the internship
  • Complete and sign the registration form
  • Have the departmental Chair of Undergraduate Studies sign the registration form
  • Return the registration form to Career Services Reception (3rd floor, Gordon Hall) along with the $35 registration fee, payable by cash, cheque or credit card (cheques made payable to Queen's University).

2016-17 QUIP Registration Forms

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (PDF, 636 kB)

School of Computing (PDF, 642 kB)

Faculty of Arts and Science (PDF, 639 kB)

What Happens After Registering?
  • You will receive a "Welcome to QUIP" email and be entered into the QUIP Moodle
  • All registrants attend QUIP-specific workshops before applying for internship positions.  Register for these through the Events Calendar found in MyCareer.
Finding an Internship
  • Check the QUIP positions posted in the QUIP Postings tab in MyCareer
  • ​Network with employers and possibly seek out your own internship opportunities, if desired
  • Apply for internships
  • Attend interviews
  • Receive/review job offers
  • Accept an internship job offer
  • Attend a pre-departure workshop
  • Begin your internship!
Credit for Your Work

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students 

As an Engineering and Applied Science student, you will enroll in courses APSC 301, 302, 303 and 304 - Professional Internship, for which you will receive academic credit. The academic weight of these courses total 6 units, they do not replace required courses. Courses 302 and 303 carry tuition fee of 3.0 units per course and the tuition for them is due September 1st. You are required to complete a work term report or seminar for evaluation at the end of your placement as well as successful employer evaluations after four, eight and twelve months. Your diploma will read: Bachelor of Applied Science, with Professional Internship.​

School of Computing students 

Students in a Bachelor of Computing (Honours) plan (code BCH) can register to do a Professional Internship version of their plan. The COMP courses 390/6.0, 391/3.0, 392/3.0 and 393/3.0 allow students to continue to be registered during the term of their internship placement (see School of Computing Internship webpage for more information). Satisfactory completion of a written internship report following completion of the work period enables the internship student to receive course credits plus transcript and diploma annotations for the Professional Internship. The internship replaces the relevant undergraduate project course requirements (CISC 496/3.0 or CISC 498/6.0 or CISC 499/3.0 or COGS 499/3.0). Your transcript and diploma are annotated to indicate a degree with a Professional Internship.

Faculty of Arts and Science students

We are excited to announce that students are now eligible to earn additional internship credits, making them eligible for a Bachelor of Arts (or Science) degree with a professional internship designation that will appear on their transcript and diploma.   The program will consist of the current BAH or BScH program requirements plus additional courses totaling 6.0 units, INTN 301/1.5, INTN 302/1.5 and INTN 303/3.0. During the internship, students may optionally pursue a further 3.0 - 9.0 units of independent study which may be used as academic credit towards their Major or Specialization Plan requirements, or towards the elective requirements of the degree program, at the discretion of the student’s home department.

Performance Evaluation

As part of your participation in the Internship Program, your performance will be evaluated by your employer (at the end of 4, 8, and 12 months). To view the nature of this evaluation see the Evaluation Form. Remember that your performance evaluation is intended to help you grow, both personally and professionally, so be prepared to take an active part in it. 

Performance Evaluation Form - 4 months  (.pdf, 130 kB)
Performance Evaluation Form - 8 months (.pdf, 141kB)
Performance Evaluation Form - 12 months (.pdf, 137 kB)