Queen's Experiential Learning Hub

Experiential Learning Hub
Experiential Learning Hub

Frequently-Asked Questions

How do I post a job opening where students will see it?
Job vacancies can be posted on the Career Services website through the MyCareer system. Click here to get started.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
Although some Queen's students participate in unpaid internships, most are paid positions that reflect the contributions that Queen’s students bring to the workforce. Programs like the Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP), the M.Eng. Industrial Internship Program, and the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) all require that employer partners pay students for the valuable work they perform.
What is the Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP)?
QUIP offers employers an opportunity to hire Queen's students for a 12-16 month period. QUIP internships are paid, professionally supervised, career-related positions designed to offer students the opportunity to learn about current advances, practices and technologies in business and industry.  During the internship, students will have the chance to apply the knowledge and skills they have been gaining through their classroom and co-curricular experiences at Queen’s, while making a valuable contribution to your organization.
  • Internships are 12 to 16 month, paid, professional work experiences
  • Students are eligible to participate after completing their 2nd or 3rd year of undergraduate studies
  • The program is open to students from Engineering, Computing, and Arts & Sciences
What is the difference between an internship and a co-op?
Co-ops and internships both offer paid, for-credit professional experience. Co-ops provide alternating work and study terms, usually of 4 months each. Internships like the Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) offer 12 to 16 month paid, for-credit work placements.
 

After feedback from both students and employers, Queen's opted for the internship model instead of the co-op model based on two primary considerations:

  1. Longer work-terms provide enhanced benefit to both students and employers. Employers have informed us that they value the 12 to 16 month term because it allows for the assignment of meaningful work, provides added value in developing an intern, and provides a great look at potential future employees. Students in an internship have the opportunity of seeing a project (or projects) through to completion, and they have consistently told us that the longer term makes them feel like a valued part of the host organization.
  2. Students on internship only have to secure one position, as opposed to co-op students who often have to search for a new position each work term.

In both internship and co-op placements, students get an opportunity to experience the world of work, and apply what they have learned in the classroom in a professional setting. Student employees also have an opportunity to try out their chosen career path, expand their professional network, develop confidence, and earn a living.

What other resources and services do you provide to employers?

We have numerous resources to help our employer partners navigate the process of engaging with Queen's students. On this website we have success stories, a template to help you onboard new interns, and important links like the Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) and the Co-operative Education Tax Credit.

Queen's Career Services has an extensive array of employer resources including:

 

Have questions that are not listed here? Please contact us.