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Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)

Updates from the QUIP Team regarding COVID-19

The QUIP team would like to assure all students considering QUIP, QUIP registrants, and current interns that the program is fully operational and employers continue to post internship opportunities. We are committed to supporting your search and time on internship. 

In keeping with the latest updates from the university regarding coronavirus COVID-19, we are making some changes to our physical operations at Career Services at Gordon Hall. Our office is closed but we continue to offer support remotely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

See “How to Register for QUIP” below for information on how to register in QUIP to access the QUIP Job Board. 

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. 

Become an Intern brochure PDF

Contact the QUIP Team    

Search QUIP job postings (Current Registrants ONLY)

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

Have questions?  View the QUIP FAQ below or connect with a QUIP Coordinator during QUIP Drop-in Advising – no appointment necessary!

QUIP Drop-in Advising: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 AM -12 PM EST to access visit the Events Calendar in MyCareer. (September - April)

Eligibility

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

  • Queen’s students can participate in QUIP after their 2nd or 3rd year of studies and must be returning to complete their final academic requirements after the internship. See faculty specific registration form for more details.  

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 1.9 and the permission from their Undergraduate Chair to register in QUIP. 

International Students

International students completing their undergraduate degree at Queen's University require a Co-op/Intern Work Permit from Immigration Refuges and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to participate in QUIP. International students participating in QUIP may need to apply to extend their Study Permit to reflect the new completion date of their degree. After registration, students will be provided with a letter from the QUIP office to submit with their application to IRCC along with further instructions. Please connect with 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 post-graduation job search

2020-21 Information Sessions

Want to learn about QUIP? QUIP coordinators will be hosting virtual information sessions this fall.

Registration for QUIP Info Session:  Please visit the Events Calendar in MyCareer.

Fall 2020 Information Sessions via Zoom Meetings

Wednesday September 9th at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Faculty of Arts and Science)
Thursday September 10th at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (Engineering)
Wednesday September 16th at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (School of Computing)
Tuesday September 22nd at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Engineering)
Thursday September 24th at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Faculty of Arts and Science)
Thursday October 15th at 6:00 PM (Engineering)
Wednesday November 18th at  5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (All Faculties)

*You are welcome to attend any of the information sessions, but are encouraged to attend one that is targeted to your faculty.

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.

Internship Start Dates Suggested Student Registration Period* Jobs Posted Applications and Interviews Interviews and Offers Extended
January or May September September to October October October to November
May or September September to January January to February February February to March
September September to May Mato June June to July June to 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 below

  • Read the QUIP Policies and Regulations

  • Ensure you are eligible - minimum GPA of 1.9 and returning to Queen’s to complete your degree requirements after the internship (this will also be verified by your department)

  • Complete and sign the student portion of the registration form

  • Email the form to your department or Undergraduate Programs Assistant to request your Undergraduate Chair’s approval and signature

  • When your form is complete, log into MyCareer and click 'Submit Form'. Follow the instructions to upload your form, and pay the $35 registration fee.

QUIP Registration Forms

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (PDF, 383 KB)

School of Computing (PDF, 390 KB)

Faculty of Arts and Science (PDF, 394 kB)

Next Steps After Registering
  • You will receive a "Welcome to QUIP" email and be entered into the QUIP OnQ

  • Sign up for the required QUIP-specific workshops through the Events Calendar found in MyCareer. The expectation is that students attend the required workshops prior to applying to positions. If you have an application deadline coming up, and are not able to complete the workshops before hand, please contact quip@queensu.ca

  • Email quip@queensu.ca if you would like to book an appointment with a QUIP Coordinator. Below are examples of types of appointments:

    • Resume and cover letter review

    • Interview preparation

    • Internship search strategy

    • Offer decision making

Finding an Internship

QUIP provides comprehensive support for your internship job search.

  • Supports you can access
  • Active online job posting board in MyCareer: we continuously work with employers to bring internship opportunities to the program.
  • Targeted employer outreach: If you are not finding the kinds of opportunities you are most interested in on the job board, speak with an Internship Coordinator – we are interested in learning more about what your career interests are and how we can work together to find new targeted opportunities
  • Opportunities to meet employers: you can chat with employers at career fairs and information sessions and ask about possible internship opportunities. Each year there is an all-career fields Career Fair in September, and Engineering and Technology specific fairs in October and January. We also host many employer information sessions each year, usually most are in September and October. See the MyCareer event calendar for current offerings.
  • Job search strategy workshops: in addition to the required QUIP workshops, you can also access other Career Services workshops (see event calendar in MyCareer) to further improve your job search preparation and strategies
  • One on one coaching: you can meet with an Internship Coordinator to fine-tune your approach

Once you secure an internship, we’ll help ensure you leave prepared with our online interactive pre-departure sessions.

It does take work to secure an internship, but we are here to help you be successful, so please contact the QUIP team any time to reach out for assistance.

Credit for Your Work

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students 

As an Engineering and Applied Science student, you will be enrolled in courses APSC 302APSC 303 and either APSC 301 or APSC 304 - Professional Internship, for which you will receive academic credit. The academic weight of these courses total 7.0 units, they do not replace required courses. Courses 302 and 303 carry tuition fee of 3.5 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.​ Note that some programs may accept this course as part of their technical elective/complimentary Studies requirements. Credit may only be granted to students who have successfully fulfilled the necessary requirements to receive the Professional Internship designation.

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

Students are 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 consists of the current BAH or BSCH program requirements plus additional courses totaling 6.0 units, INTN 301/1.5; 302/1.5; 303/3.0 or (304/1.5 and 305/1.5). These courses are taken in addition to the courses that are part of the student’s degree program, and thus, they do not replace any required or elective courses in the program.  During the internship, students may optionally pursue a further 3.0 – 6.0 units of independent study which may be used as academic credit towards their Major, Medial, 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, 396 KB)
Performance Evaluation Form - 8 months (PDF, 388 KB)
Performance Evaluation Form - 12 months (PDF, 388 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for more information about the Internship program? Download out FAQ guide below:

QUIP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 866KB)

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