Benefits

The Engineering Professional Internship Program is a full-time, paid internship opportunity which includes between 8 and 16 months of professionally supervised work experience in industry.

Interns are enrolled in a series of four-month academic courses while on placement. Our interns earn a competitive salary, gain valuable work experience, and develop their professional network, all while maintaining their full-time student status.

Apply theoretical knowledge in a practical workplace environment

Develop essential skills in areas including communication, teamwork and problem solving

Become more marketable to future employers

Intern Testimonials

I chose to participate in the internship program to gain practical industry experience before I graduated and to make me more employable upon graduation. As an intern with the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, I have gained in-depth knowledge of ArcGIS, programming in Python and VBA, and have refined my communication and presentation abilities. I have had amazing opportunities to network with some brilliant engineers and have made several lifelong friends. Overall, I feel I’m well on my way to becoming a competent, confident professional engineer. 

- Stephanie Lipoth, Environmental Engineering Intern

My role specifically is that of an improvement engineer with Dow Chemical. I work in a plant setting executing projects and tasks focused on process safety. This internship has given me the chance to develop my interpersonal skills through working with both engineering groups as well as vendors. I have grown to be more humble through this experience and I feel fortunate to be part of such an amazing team who have guided me every step of the way.

- Touheed Shamsi, Mechanical Engineering Intern

I didn’t have any engineering work experience before starting my internship and I wanted to apply my book knowledge in the field. Working directly on site gives me exposure to what’s actually happening out there in the refinery. As a visual learner, this is beneficial for me because I would catch myself being distracted in classes because I couldn’t visualize what the professor would be speaking about. Through my internship with Shell Canada, I have learned about gasoline blending, marking piping and instrumentation diagrams, simplifying work processes and evaluating constraints in reports. My advice for students beginning a work placement is to introduce yourself to everyone and to ask them to tell you about their job. The connections you make and the skills you gain as an intern are invaluable to your future career.

- Rabiya Malik, Chemical Engineering Intern

I am participating in the internship program to get real world experience that complements the technical skills I learned in the first three years of my degree. As an intern with SaskPower, I have developed my communication, time management and teamwork skills. Living on my own with a steady income has taught me financial skills that I would not have otherwise learned while in school.

- Curtis Hajduk, Mechanical Engineering Intern

Eligibility

Be in third or fourth year of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.) degree program

Have attained a 65% sessional weighted average in your most recent academic year

Return to your studies with at least 18 credit units of coursework remaining

Must not be on faculty action prior to leaving on internship and must not receive a faculty action while on internship

Registration in a capstone design course disqualifies a student's eligibility for a January start date

Recruitment Process

Apply

Applications for the 2019-2020 year will be accepted through CareerLink from March 4-May 31, 2019.

Learn More

Approved applicants must attend an Introduction to Internship session in September 2019. Students may secure an internship beginning in January, May or September 2020.

Prepare

Attend workshops to prepare your cover letter and resume, discover the job search process, understand how to leverage LinkedIn and polish your interviewing and networking skills.

Resources

Prospective students should speak with an academic advisor to:

Find out how to plan their academics around an internship placement

Prospective students should speak with the Co-op and Career Coordinator to:

Learn more about the internship program and its benefits

 

Students who participate in the internship program incur two types of fees which support the administration of the program.

Mandatory Program Fee: All registered interns are required to pay a non-refundable $50 program fee prior to gaining access to the internship job bank.

Tuition Fees: Registered interns who secure a placement are assessed tuition fees every four months while on placement. Fees are assessed following registration in EPIP 401, EPIP 402, EPIP 403, and EPIP 404, respectively.

Off-Campus Student Fees: Registered interns who secure a placement are assessed off-campus student fees in September, January, May, and July while on placement.

2018 Professional Internship Program Statistics

200 jobs posted; many employers hire for multiple positions

130 students were placed across Canada

65% of the placements were in Saskatchewan

Average monthly salary in Saskatchewan: $3,772 

Interns work in many industries including mining, infrastructure, transportation, manufacturing, consulting and oil & gas.

Interested in learning more about the internship program? Contact us today!

Kristen Cutting
Co-op and Career Coordinator

306-966-5391
kristen.cutting@usask.ca