Computer Science Internship Program
The Department of Computer Science Professional Internship Program (CSPIP) allows undergraduate students to obtain 12 or 16 months of practical "on-the-job" experience with a sponsoring company prior to completing the final year of their undergraduate degree program. Internship opportunities of this nature have existed at the University of Saskatchewan since 1990 but became formally recognized as an academic program in 1997.
Employers can choose from a pool of students who have had at least three years of university education and developed diverse expertise. In addition, employers will receive a better return on their training investment since students can work longer (12 or 16 months), take on more responsibilities, and integrate more fully into their company.
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process or would like more information about the program, please contact our Internship Coordinator.
The Department of Computer Science must approve internship positions as a suitable learning situation. The student should be engaged in a productive professional practice that provides challenging and instructive work experience. Students must receive appropriate remuneration for the work performed. The performance of students is supervised and monitored by both the employer and the Department.
The assessment of student performance during an internship is based on evaluations from the employer and the student. In addition, the Department maintains informal telephone and email contact with the student and employer to monitor progress on an ongoing basis, and may undertake site visits on a periodic or exceptional basis.
At the end of the initial four months of the work period, an indication of satisfactory performance is required. This is typically achieved with a short report from the student and the employer if the students are placed outside of Saskatoon. For locally placed students, interviews with the student and employer are carried out. Follow-up reports or interviews are required only if warranted.
The CSPIP students are registered undergraduate students in a Computer Science (B.Sc. four-year, Honours Degree, or Honours with Software Engineering Option), Interactive Systems Design, or Bioinformatics program at the University of Saskatchewan. Double major students are also eligible.
The full eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Students must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student.
- Applicants must have accumulated at least 90 credit units towards the B.Sc. degree at the time of the internship placement.
- Students must have obtained a grade point average of at least 70 percent in Computer Science courses and overall.
- Computer Science students must complete the "Intermediate Software Engineering" course (CMPT 370) prior to the internship placement. Alternatively, if an ISD student has not taken CMPT 370 prior to the internship placement, a minimum average of 75 percent in Computer Science courses and overall will be acceptable.
- Computer Science degree programs: students must complete at least three 300-level Computer Science courses by the date they begin their internship.
- BINF degree program: students must complete BINF 200 and at least three 300-level courses from the "C6 Major Requirement" of the Bioinformatics program by the end of the academic year in which they apply.
- ISD degree program (according to the advising sheet): students must complete at least two courses from Art & Art History list, at least two courses from Psychology list, at least two non-specified CMPT courses from the Science list, and CMPT 381 by the date they begin their internship.
- Internship candidates must be Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, or visa students with appropriate work permission for off-campus employment when they begin their internship in May (or September).
- Graduate students are not eligible for the program.
Employers are asked to contact the Internship Coordinator if they are interested in participating in the Computer Science Professional Internship Program. Employers are encouraged to submit job postings to the Internship Coordinator in December if possible. Once job postings are available, students who are accepted in the program are invited to submit their application packages to employers. Followed by the application period is a three-week window for employers to set up interviews with the students. Once interviews are completed, employers are asked to submit a ranked list of preferred candidates to hire. Waves of offers are then forwarded to the students to accept or reject offers. Students will begin employment May or September that year, as agreed upon between the student and employer.
|Students apply for admission into the program||September 27, 2019|
|Deadline for companies to submit job posting(s)||January 8, 2020|
|Deadline for students to apply to job postings||January 15, 2020|
|Interviews arranged with selected students||January 16 - February 7, 2020|
|Companies submit their rankings to the Internship Coordinator||February 10, 2020|
|Internship Coordinator forwards job offers to students||February 12 -13, 2020|
|Students accept/reject offers||within 24 hours of receiving offer|
|Internship Coordinator notifies companies of acceptances||Immediately|
|February Break - no school||February 17 - 21, 2020|
|Students start employment||May or September 2020|
The NSERC Experience Awards (formerly IUSRA) provides financial support to help companies hire an undergraduate-level student to undertake a co-op placement. These awards are designed to give students practical experience in an industrial setting that complements their studies. Two-thirds of companies reported their student helped them increase research productivity or R&D capability.
The Government of Canada has established a number of programs that provide funding and other opportunities to potential employers. Its Youth Employment Strategy is designed to help young people gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market. The Career Focus program provides funding for employers and organizations to design and deliver a range of activities that enable youth make more informed career decisions and develop their skills, including work experiences from six to twelve months. Employers may also take advantage of the new Student Work-Integrated Learning Program.
The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent.
- Christina Sitkowski, CSPIP student
- Matthew Horning, CSPIP student
- Mark Dick, CEO of ESTI
A large number of industry employers have been involved with the Computer Science Professional Internship Program. Below is a brief list:
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Bridgewater Bank
- Canadian Light Source (CLS)
- Coconut Calendar
- Display Systems International
- Push Interactions
- Environment Canada
- ESTI Consulting Services
- Federated Co-operatives Ltd.
- GB Internet Solutions
- Health Quality Council
- International Road Dynamics
- ISM, an IBM Company
- Push Interactions
- Quadrant Newmedia
- Rock & Bloom
- Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF)
- Saskatoon Health Region
- SED Systems Inc.
- Shell Canada
- SMART Technologies Inc
- TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.
- University of Saskatchewan