Posted on September 08, 2014

This year, Queen`s ECE MEng students will have even more alternatives to choose from, as the new Industrial Internship offering is unveiled. Following the completion of their academic courses in May 2015, the students in this option will complete their degree requirements over the summer months working on an industry-defined problem in a company setting. In this way, the students will leverage their academic knowledge with actual work experience in their field of choice.

The students are paid for the period of the internship, and the process of finding a placement starts early in the fall term with a series of information sessions and workshops on job searching, resume writing, and other relevant skills. Both the ECE department and Queen`s Career Services are actively involved in helping the students secure a placement, and a number of companies have already expressed interest in posting positions and accepting interns. Ultimately, as with any employment, it is up to the students to actively pursue these opportunities and secure a placement. In some cases, students may even find their own companies that are willing to hire them for their internship.

ECE Research Administrator Grier Owen has spearheaded the development of this option for ECE. “We are so happy to offer students a new program option that assists in acquiring valuable work experience”, says Owen. “Bringing the insights gained from real-world industrial experiences will benefit our students immensely.”

In addition to those who hold Canadian passports, this option is also available to international students, who will be eligible to apply for a work visa in Canada to pursue this degree. Successful completion of this degree will be reflected in the students’ transcripts, through the annotation “MEng with Industrial Internship”.



John McKay
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering