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Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)

Updates from the QUIP Team regarding COVID-19

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 QUIP team would like to assure all students considering QUIP, QUIP registrants, and current interns that the program is fully operational and is committed to supporting your internship. Don’t have an internship yet? Many employers are looking to hire for September 2020 and 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. 

QUIP employers typically hire for September, May and January start dates. Once you have registered you can view the QUIP job posting boards.

To register for QUIP, please see "How to Register for QUIP".

If you have any questions about QUIP, please contact us by email at





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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. 

Contact QUIP coordinator                         Search QUIP job postings (Current Registrants ONLY)

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)


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 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 must apply to extend their Study Permit to reflect the new completion date of their degree. Students will be provided with a letter from the QUIP office to submit with their application to CIC. 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 post-graduation job search

2019-20 Information Sessions

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

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

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 Information Sessions

Tuesday, September 10th (Engineering)

Wednesday, September 11th (Arts & Science)

Tuesday, September 17th (Computing)

Wednesday, September 18th (Engineering)

Tuesday, September 24th (Arts & Science)

Thursday, November 7th (Engineering) 

Monday, November 18th (All Faculties)

Tuesday, January 14th (Engineering)

Wednesday, January 15th (All Faculties)

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

  • 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

  • Return the signed form to and the QUIP team will contact you with instructions of how to pay the $35 registration fee online

QUIP Registration Forms

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (PDF, 946 KB)

School of Computing (PDF, 949 KB)

Faculty of Arts and Science (PDF, 954 kB)

What Happens After Registering?
  • You will receive a "Welcome to QUIP" email and be entered into the QUIP OnQ

  • All registrants attend QUIP-specific workshops before applying for internship positions.  Register for these through the Events Calendar found in MyCareer. If you have registered and not attended the workshops but have a short deadline for a posting, please contact

Finding an Internship
  • Apply for QUIP Internship positions through the QUIP Postings tab in MyCareer

  • ​If desired, network with employers and seek out your own internship opportunities while keeping the QUIP office informed

  • 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

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)