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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Schulich School of Engineering 4. Program Details 4.13 Engineering Internship Program
4.13 Engineering Internship Program

The Engineering Internship Program is a five-year program which includes, in addition to the regular four-year academic program, an internship year (a minimum of twelve and a maximum of sixteen consecutive months) of supervised work experience in industry. The internship year may commence in May or September after the student has completed the first three years of the Engineering program. (For students enrolled in the BSc (Engineering)/BComm combined degree program, the internship year will commence after the student has completed the first four years of the five-year program, and will extend the total length of the combined degree from five years to six years.) The student is expected to return to complete the final academic year of the program in September of the following year. In certain circumstances, it may be possible to commence the internship year in January, and return to the academic program the following January. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Engineering Career Centre.


Students are required to apply online to the Engineering Internship Program prior to October 15 in the Fall Term of their third year. Students who do not meet the application deadline should contact the Engineering Internship Office regarding admission.

To be admitted to the Engineering Internship Program, students must be full-time students in good academic standing after second year. Only students who are in good standing and eligible for full-time registration in the Schulich School of Engineering at the time they apply for the internship program and at the time they expect to start their internship are eligible for access to the placement processes of the Engineering Internship Program. Students must normally have completed third year in their engineering program to be eligible to start their internship. Students who will not meet these requirements at the end of their third year are encouraged to contact the Engineering Career Centre to discuss options for internship participation. Students should refer to the Work Integrated Learning section of this Calendar for general admission requirements.


Students must complete a minimum of twelve months work experience while registered in the Internship courses, Internship 513.01-04 (Internship in Engineering I-IV), in addition to the regular requirements for the BSc in Engineering. Students who have completed any portion of the twelve-month requirement will not be permitted to apply for positions that extend beyond either the sixteen-month maximum permitted to complete the requirements, or the date on which they are expected to resume their academic program.


If a student's academic performance in the third year results in the student not being in good standing after the third year, the student will normally be required to withdraw from the Engineering Internship Program. Students who have been required to withdraw from the Engineering Internship Program will no longer have access to the program's job search systems or support. If the student is required to withdraw from the Engineering Internship Program but has already accepted a placement, the employer will be informed that the student is no longer registered in the Internship Program.

Students who have completed the twelve-month minimum requirement will not be permitted to apply for further internship positions.

Students who have accepted a placement obtained through the Internship Placement process will be registered in the required Internship courses corresponding to the length of the placement and appropriate fees will be payable.

In order to have the Internship designation appear on the BSc parchment, a student must complete the twelve-month minimum requirement and pass the requisite internship courses.

Each work experience is supervised by a Professional Engineer or Department Leader in the host company. Normally the entire internship year is spent with the same employer.