12-16 Month Internships

Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (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 can apply their Queen's classroom and co-curricular knowledge and skills, while making a valuable contribution to your organization.

  • Internships are 12 to 16 months, 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

QUIP Brochure

Download our most recent QUIP brochure.

Download QUIP Brochure (PDF, 729 KB)

Employer Guide

View our 2023-24 QUIP Employer Guide.

Download Employer Guide (PDF, 2.6 MB)


Looking for student related QUIP information?

Visit the QUIP student website!

  • 12 to 16-month work terms maximize return on training and minimize recruiting costs
  • QUIP offers employers a flexible hiring schedule with internship start dates in January, May, or September
  • Students bring fresh ideas and a 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
  • Additional Hiring Incentives (e.g., wage subsidies and funding) are available through government programs designed to offer support to employers who hire students. 

Hear from a QUIP Intern - article from What's Next? magazine (PDF, 494 KB)

  • 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
  • Assign a supervisor or mentor to the intern
  • Complete 3 performance evaluations over the course of the internship


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.  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.

  1. Download and review the Employer Guide 2023-24 (PDF 2.6 MB). Appendix C provides a step-by-step guide to post an internship position on the QUIP Job Board.
  2. Navigate to MyCareer’s Employers MyCareer Login
    • If you have a MyCareer Account, please login with your personal credentials.
    • If you do not have a MyCareer Account, please click on “Register an Account”(see page 20 in the Employer Guide for registration instructions.)
    • Important:
      • After you create and register your MyCareer account or if you do not have access to the QUIP Job Board, please email quip@queensu.ca. The QUIP team will need to grant you permission and access to the QUIP Job Board. Only employers with QUIP permission can post on our QUIP job board.
      • The QUIP Team will inform you when access has been granted. Once you have the QUIP Job Board permission, login to your account and proceed with the next step.
  4. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions.
  5. Scroll down to Job Posting Information, and complete required fields using the job description and add any applicable additional information.
  6. Under Choose which of the following student groups who can apply (check all that apply)*, select “Current student – returning to current degree program” for QUIP eligibility.
  7. In Application Information, select an application deadline and provide special instructions for candidates to follow. Career Services will also add templated messaging upon approving your role.
  8. Choose  “Electronically Through MyCareer” as the Preferred Response Method. Enter the required application documents and any notes for additional requested documents.
    • Note: Resume is required; Cove Letter and Unofficial Transcripts are optional. Specify if official transcripts are required in “Other Application Documents Required.
  9. For the question Does this opportunity engage in or support research?, select “Yes,” “No,” or “Unknown.” This question is for research purposes.
  10. Under Company Logo, upload your company logo if applicable.
  11. Click “Submit Posting for Approval” to complete the posting process.
  12. The QUIP team will review and approve the opportunity for program eligibility. If further information is required, the QUIP office will connect you for clarification.

We offer support to employers throughout the entire internship process, from the recruitment to internship phase.

Recruitment Phase

  • We follow a continuous recruitment cycle, so you can post internship positions, interview students, and extend offers when it is convenient for you.
  • Our QUIP – specific job board is simple to sign up for to post your internship opportunities on, giving you access to hundreds of QUIP student candidates.
  • QUIP offers assistance with posting jobs, scheduling interviews, and offer extension.
  • We promote certain internship positions to campus partners (faculty offices/student groups).
  • We create and promote opportunities for you to raise your profile on campus through career fairs, employer information sessions, advertising, and sponsorship packages.

Internship Phase

  • We prepare students for the transition from academic study to work settings through 1-1 advising and professional workshops.
  • We encourage student learning and skill development through reflection and evaluation components while on internship.
  • The QUIP team is always available to offer support to employers and students – email quip@queensu.ca

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

“Hatch is impressed with the high caliber of talent we meet, which is why Queen's is one of our top schools for recruiting students and new grads. Hatch has an engaged group of Queen's alumni that are eager to recruit and mentor the next generation of talent.”

Stephanie Cera Amenta
Global Campus Talent Acquisition Leader, Hatch