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Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)

QUIP Brochure  (PDF, 893KB)

Download our 2020-2021 Employer Guide (PDF, 1.2MB)  

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

Student related QUIP information click here.

What is QUIP?

The Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) offers employers an opportunity to hire interns for a 12-16 month period.  During the internship, students will have the chance to apply the knowledge and skills they have been gaining through their classroom and co-curricular experiences at Queen’s, while making a valuable contribution to your organization.

  • Internships are 12 to 16 month, paid, professional work experiences
  • Students are eligible to participate after completing their 2nd or 3rd year of undergraduate studies
  • The program is open to students from Engineering, Computing, Arts & Sciences and Health Sciences

​Why hire an intern through QUIP?

  • 12 to 16-month work terms maximize return on training and minimize recruiting costs
  • QUIP offers employers a flexible hiring schedule with start dates in January, May, or September
  • Students bring fresh ideas and creative energy to your team
  • Returning interns spread the word, raising your organization's profile on campus
  • Employers in Ontario who hire QUIP interns may be eligible for the Ontario Cooperative Education Tax Credit

How does QUIP work?

  • Post internship positions at any time of the year (see our recommended recruitment schedule below)
  • Receive and review student applications
  • Request interviews through the QUIP office
  • Extend job offers through the QUIP office
  • Provide interns with meaningful, career-related work and assign a supervisor or mentor to the intern
  • Complete 3 performance evaluations over the course of the internship

Recommended Recruitment Periods

Internship/Position Start Date

Peak Time to Post Jobs

Recommended Period for Interviews

Recommended Period for Extending Jobs Offers


January or May*


Mid-September to October*





May or September









*Note: Students at Queen’s tend to sign housing leases in early January.  In the past we have found that some students feel pressured to decide between searching for an internship and re-signing their lease, therefore we encourage employers to post positions in the Fall semester when possible.

What does Career Services and the QUIP Office do for you?

  • Maintain a QUIP-specific job posting board for all eligible postings
  • Prepare students for the transition from academic study to work
  • Promote the positions to campus partners (faculty offices/student groups)
  • Create and promote opportunities for you to raise your profile on campus through career fairs, employer information sessions, advertising and sponsorship packages

Queen's Career Services is member of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE).  Visit the CACEE website for more information about the CACEE Guidelines for Ethical Recruitment

Note to Employers

Thank you for supporting the experiential learning of students. During this time of COVID-19 we appreciate you continuing to see the value of working with students. As always, the health and safety of our students is paramount. Therefore, where possible, remote opportunities (rather than in-person) are preferred. Extra considerations and actions are required by workplaces to ensure interns are  safe at work during this period. Also, thank you for understanding that the COVID-19 situation may create circumstances (eg the need for a health related accommodation) that may require adjustments to the intern's work location, schedules, etc. Just as for other topics, we encourage interns to collaborate with their managers/supervisors on solutions. Our team is available for any questions or assistance by emailing us at