Become an Intern
What comes first? The education or the experience. If you’re enrolled in the Department of Computer Science, you can have both! The Computer Science Professional Internship Program (CSPIP) is a formally recognized internship program that offers significant benefits. Undergraduate students have the opportunity 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.
Benefits to Students: For students who go on internship placements, there are several benefits:
- Acquiring practical training and valuable experience in their prospective career area, adding strength to their résumé, and thus improving their job prospects upon graduation;
- Getting the "inside track" on full-time employment opportunities with the same company in which the student interned, through established professional contacts
- Earning an income to help finance the final year of their university education.
Only a limited number of internship placements will be available in a given year. Eligibility for an internship placement will be decided by the Internship Co-ordinator in the Department of Computer Science, while hiring decisions for internship students are made by the employers.
Students are required to apply before the specified deadline for admission to an internship in May of the following year. If selected for an internship placement, students must complete CMPT 401, 402, 403, and 404, in addition to the regular requirements of the B.Sc. degree. A student must successfully complete all requirements of the internship option in order to receive the Professional Internship designation on the University transcript.
*Interested students are encouraged to contact the Internship Co-ordinator in the Department of Computer Science for further details about internship opportunities.
- Students must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student.
- Applicants must be pursuing a 4-year B.Sc. degree program in Computer Science or Interactive Systems Design (ISD). Double major students involving Computer Science and another discipline are also eligible. Please note that students from the College of Engineering must be pursuing a double degree with one degree in Computer Science or Interactive Systems Design.
- Normally, applicants must have accumulated at least 90 credit units towards the B.Sc. degree at the time of the internship placement. However, if a student is too close to graduation, she or he might be denied permission to go out on an internship.
- Students must have obtained a grade point average of at least 70 percent in the previous regular session, in Computer Science courses and overall.
- 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 the previous regular session, 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.
- 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.
To this end, internship students register as full-time students in appropriately designated internship courses during the internship placement:
- CMPT 401.0 - Professional Internship Program I
- CMPT 402.0 - Professional Internship Program II
- CMPT 403.0 - Professional Internship Program III
- CMPT 404.0 - Professional Internship Program IV
- Evaluation of student performance during the first four-month probationary period of the internship placement. This evaluation will be done based on short (2-page) written reports from the student and the employer (if the student is not placed in a local corporation). If the student is locally placed the evaluation will be done on the basis of interviews of the student and the employer. These evaluations may beconducted by phone, by electronic mail, by video conferencing, or by site visit, as deemed appropriate. A student demonstrating unsatisfactory performance in the probationary period of the internship placement may be required to discontinue from the internship program. Students demonstrating satisfactory performance are expected to continue for the full duration of the internship placement.
- Written or verbal confirmation by the student and employer, at the end of each subsequent four-month period that the internship is proceeding satisfactorily.
- A detailed report regarding the student's internship experience; to be submitted at the end of the internship term, just before the student returns back to the University.
The internship placement is divided into four 4-month work terms that equate to the courses designated as CMPT 401, CMPT 402, CMPT 403, and CMPT 404. CSPIP students are considered to be full-time students and are required to pay student fees for the session(s) in which they are registered.
It is important to note that student loans are usually deferred during an internship placement. In addition, scholarships and bursaries can maintian their validity during a placement.
We encourage international students to submit their applications early, as it usually takes 3-5 months to obtain your Co-op Work Permit from the Government of Canada. International students must have their Co-op Work Permit before the scheduled start date with their sponsoring company (i.e. before May 1st of the same academic year enrolled in CSPIP).
For more information about the application process, please contact the Internship Coordinator or the the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) at the University of Saskatchewan.
Important Note: An Off-Campus Work Permit is not a sufficient permit for an internship placement. Students must obtain a Co-op Work Permit.
|Students apply for admission into the program||September 27, 2018|
|Deadline for companies to submit job posting(s)||January 8, 2019|
|Deadline for students to apply to job postings||January 15, 2019|
|Interviews arranged with selected students||January 19 - February 6, 2019|
|Companies submit their rankings to the Internship Coordinator||February 11, 2019|
|Internship Coordinator forwards job offers to students||February 13 -14, 2019|
|Students accept/reject offers||within 4 hours of receiving offer|
|Internship Coordinator notifies companies of acceptances||Immediately|
|February Break - no school||February 18 - 22, 2019|
|Students start employment||May or September 2019|
Important Note: students accepted into the Computer Science Professional Internship Program will be required to attend a series of mandatory workshops throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.
How to Apply
- Computer Science Professional Internship Program Application Form
- Unofficial University of Saskatchewan Transcript
- Updated Resume
- Application Fee ($40.00 cash or cheque)
Applicants will be notified via email of an admission decision. Successful applicants will be required to schedule an acceptance meeting with the Internship Coordinator.
Prepare Your Application
Multiple resources on campus are offered to students enrolled in the Computer Science Professional Internship Program in order to successfully prepare an application package. A combination of one-on-one meetings, group tutorials, guest speakers, and online resources will give students the tools and knowledge they need to put their best step forward.
Students also have access to the Student Employment & Career Centre (SECC). The SECC has developed guides to assist in preparing resume and cover letter documents. You can pick up copies of these guides from SECC on campus or view the information online:
Student Employment and Career Centre
University of Saskatchewan
G50 Lower Marquis Hall
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm.
SECC also offers ResumeTalk sessions, which are interactive sessions designed to address specific questions regarding your resume and cover letter. Visit the SECC website for more information and to register for a ResumeTalk session.
The Student Employment & Career Centre offers InterviewTalk sessions, Online Interview prep, Mock Interviews, and other events to help you prepare for your employment interviews.
A series of mandatory tutorials and deliverables are scheduled throughout the academic year to help prepare CSPIP students in applying for internship positions (see schedule below for 2018-2019). More information regarding tutorials and deliverables will be available upon acceptance into the program. Any inquiries can be directed to the Internship Coordinator.
|Orientation||Wednesday, October 10, 2018||8:30am -9:20am or 12:30pm - 1:20pm|
|Preparing Your Application - Part 1||Wednesday, October 17, 2018||8:30am -9:20am or 12:30pm - 1:20pm|
|Preparting Your Application - Part 2||Wednesday, October 24, 2018||8:30am -9:20am or 12:30pm - 1:20pm|
|Workplace Expectations||Wednesday, October 31, 2018||8:30am -9:20am or 12:30pm - 1:20pm|
|Interview Workshop 1||Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (tentative)||TBD|
|Interview Workshop 2 (optional)||Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (tentative)||TBD|
|Mock Interview Deliverable Due||Wednesday, November 21, 2018||TBD|
|Student Handbook Quiz||Complete by March 15, 2019|
- Christina Sitkowski, CSPIP student
-Matthew Horning, Computer Science student
- Mark Dick, CEO of ESTI
We would like to acknowledge our current patrons. Following is a list of companies and organizations that have hired student interns from the Computer Science Professional Internship Program.
- 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
- Point2 Technologies
- 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