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, Bioinformatics, 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 by the end of the April after which they apply. 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 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 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.
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.
- Goal setting and journal entries submitted by the intern throughout their placement to chronicle their experience and growth.
- 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.
International students are welcome to apply to the Computer Science Professional Internship Program, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Upon acceptance into the program, all international students are required to apply for a Co-op Work Permit from the Government of Canada in order to successfully pursue a 12-16 month internship in Canada.
It is important that international students submit their applications as soon as they are admitted to the program, 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.
- An Off-Campus Work Permit is not a sufficient permit for an internship placement. Students must obtain a Co-op Work Permit.
- In order to work in Canada, students will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN). If an international student did not receive a SIN at the port of entry, they must apply at Service Canada.
|Students apply for admission into the program||September 30, 2020|
|Deadline for companies to submit job posting(s)||January 13, 2021|
|Deadline for students to apply to job postings||January 20, 2021|
|Interviews arranged with selected students||January 21 - February 8, 2021|
|Companies submit their rankings to the Internship Coordinator||February 9, 2021|
|Internship Coordinator forwards job offers to students||February 10 - 12, 2021|
|Students accept/reject offers||within 24 hours of receiving offer|
|Internship Coordinator notifies companies of acceptances||Immediately|
|February Break - no school||February 15 - 19, 2021|
|Students start employment||May or September 2021|
Important Note: students accepted into the Computer Science Professional Internship Program will be required to complete a series of mandatory workshops throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.
How to Apply
Students interested in applying to the Computer Science Professional Internship Program must complete their application on CareerLink, and submit their application fee to the Computer Science main office by the specificed deadline in the schedule. Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been received.
- Online applications will open on CareerLink during the first week in September. The link to the application form can be found under the 'Computer Science Internship Program' tab. The form requires you to answer a short questionnaire, and upload a resume and letter of interest.
- The application fee is $40.00 and is payable on CareerLink. The fee can be paid by navigating to the CareerLink Online Store and selecting 'CSPIP Application Fee'.
Applicants will be notified of an admission decision via email within 10 days after the application deadline.
A series of mandatory tutorials and deliverables are scheduled throughout the academic year to help prepare CSPIP students in applying for internship positions. More information regarding tutorials and deliverables will be available upon acceptance into the program. Any inquiries can be directed to the Internship Coordinator.
Students must complete all tutorials and deliverables. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from CSPIP. 2020-2021 workshop materials will be posted online between October to December. Students can complete these deliverables in an asynchronous fashion each week.
Tutorial topics will include: writing cover letters and resumes, networking and communication, interview skills, and professionalism in the workplace.
Prepare Your Application
In addition to the program tutorials, there are multiple university resources offered to students to help them successfully prepare an application package. A combination of one-on-one meetings, group tutorials, guest speakers, and online resources 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.
- 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 Software
- Delco Automation
- Display Systems International
- Environment Canada
- ESTI Consulting Services
- Federated Co-operatives Ltd.
- GB Internet Solutions
- Health Quality Council
- International Road Dynamics
- ISM, an IBM Company
- 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