UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA OKANAGAN
MASTER OF ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP STREAM
Frequently Asked Questions
Program Details and Requirements
The internship stream is one of two options available for the MEng program. This stream begins with 12 months (3 academic terms) of coursework where you will complete all your credit requirements for your master's degree. Following your academic terms, you will then participate in an internship for 4, 8, or 12 months depending on the length of internship that you secure. The internship is facilitated by the UBC Applied Science Co-op Program. If you opt into the internship stream, you are required to adhere to the Terms and Conditions of the Internship Program, attend all mandatory events, and complete all mandatory tasks for the program. Your job search for your internship will begin 4-6 months prior to the start of your internship in September
Yes. International students can participate in the internship stream but are required to apply for a co-op or intern work permit (in addition to holding a valid study permit) to legally work in Canada on a UBC-approved internship. Students can only apply for a co-op work permit after they have arrived in Canada and have commenced their academic studies. In October, the UBC Applied Science Co-op Program will provide you with a letter for your co-op work permit application that confirms the internship is a requirement for your Master of Engineering degree. For any further inquiries on work permits or study visas, please contact the International Student Advising team in the Global Engagement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them in the University Centre (UNC) room 227.
There are two types of fees associated with participation in the internship stream:
- Co-op administration and workshop fee - The co-op administration and workshop fee is a one-time, non-refundable payment of $272 that is paid upon entry into the internship program and just prior to the pre-employment training workshops held during the mid-term break in Winter Session Term 2. Payment is made directly to the UBC Applied Science Co-op Office. Instructions on how to pay this fee will be provided by the Co-op Office.
- Co-op course fee – The co-op course fee is $838 which is assessed only once you have secured an internship and are registered in the internship course by the Co-op Office. The co-op fee is required for every four months of your internship (ex. if you secure an 8-month internship, you will be charged the co-op fee twice over this time). The fee is due by the due dates specified in the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar, whether the internship position is secured through the Co-op Program or through your own self-directed job search. The co-op course fee is paid directly via your Student Service Centre (SSC) like any other tuition fee payment. As you have paid the minimum three instalments for your Master of Engineering degree program, the only fee you will be required to pay is the Co-op fee and your regular UBC student fees (ex. Athletics and Recreation Fee, Students’ Union Membership, Health & Dental, etc.).
Students that choose to participate in the internship stream are required to:
- Attend a mandatory internship information session
- Pay a one-time, non-refundable Co-op administration and workshop fee when directed by the co-op program
- Attend the mandatory pre-employment workshops
- Attend a mandatory “Success in the Workplace” workshop, if you have secured a position
- Agree to adhere to the Terms and Conditions of the internship stream
- Complete all the academic requirements of their degree program by the start of the internship in September, unless discussed and approved by a Co-op Coordinator
- Complete their entire MEng degree within 2 years (including the internship)
Failure to complete any of the mandatory tasks or attend any mandatory events will result in removal from the internship stream.
The pre-employment workshops help students to write effective cover letters and resumes, improve interviewing skills, understand the purpose of networking, review internship resources and processes, and more. These workshops are important and critical to your success in securing an internship. You must take part in all workshops and complete all requirements to proceed in the internship stream. Students who do not successfully complete the workshops are ineligible to proceed in the internship stream.
Finding an Internship
Securing a job is a competitive process and is not guaranteed; therefore, it is up to you to put in the effort and prioritize your job search. It is ultimately your responsibility to secure an internship opportunity. You will have access to the Co-op Program’s exclusive co-op job portal and the resources provided by the Co-op team. You should also be completing a self-directed job search utilizing your network (i.e., friends, professors, industry connections, etc.) and other resources (company websites, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.) to find opportunities suited to you. Any position can be used for the internship, regardless if the position is secured through the Co-op Program or through your own self-directed job search. The Co-op team will work with you and support you in your job search with pre-employment workshops, networking events, an application review, a mock interview and weekly group job search advising sessions.
You should start searching for your internship approximately 4-6 months in advance the start of the internship term in September and after you have completed the mandatory pre-employment training workshop.
No. Securing a job is a competitive process and is not guaranteed. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to secure an internship so you must put effort into your job search and applications. Internship students have access to the program’s exclusive co-op job portal and resources provided by the Co-op team. The more positions applied to (with a high-quality application), the higher the chance you have of securing a job.
The Applied Science Co-op Program is connected with hundreds of employers offering exciting opportunities for students to make meaningful industry connections, gain practical experience, and develop new skills.
Some of our top employers include: Intel, SAP, Teck Resources, Ballard Power Systems, BC Hydro, Sierra Wireless, Microchip, Hydro One Networks, EllisDon, Seaspan, Stantec, Canfor, Thurber Engineering, City of Surrey, City of Vancouver, Stemcell Technologies, Kardium, PCL Construction, Cadex Electronics, Metro Vancouver, Tesla, Dometic, TC Energy, Imperial Oil, Ledcor Group, Dragados, Fortis BC, ConeTec Investigations, EllisDon, and Seaspan.
It is important to note that any employer can be an internship employer provided they are able to provide you with a work experience that meets UBC internship criteria.
For an internship to be approved by UBC, it must be:
- Paid (at least minimum wage)
- Full-time employment that is a minimum of 12 weeks (420 hours) in length
- Technical and related to your academic program and/or long-term career objectives.
No. The employer is free to use any job title they want, which may or may not include “intern”, “co-op”, or “student”. As long as the position satisfies the requirements above, you are still able to count it as an internship work term.
No. Internship opportunities are available across numerous industries, organizations, and geographic locations. Many internship opportunities are in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, but there are opportunities available all across Canada, in the United States of America, and around the world*. Students can seek out opportunities in any geographic region of interest but should not be too restrictive to increase success in securing a position.
* Only international activities in low-risk destinations are permitted. Low-risk destinations are those with an advisory that says travelers should practice normal or increased security precautions. UBC uses Global Affairs Canada’s travel advisories to assess the risk level of a destination.
As of April 2023, two cohorts of MEng students have participated in an internship job search. In Fall 2021, the first cohort of MEng internship students had a success rate of 100%. Please note that due to COVID-19, many MEng students were unable to travel to Canada to commence their academic program in September 2020 which meant only 14 students participated in the internship stream commencing in Fall 2021. The second and much larger cohort of MEng internship students commenced their internships in September 2022. This second cohort of internship students did remarkably well with 57 out of 59 students securing employment with a success rate of 97%. The third internship cohort consists of 80 students who are looking secure their internship starting in September 2023.
The last day you can secure an internship is the add/drop date for Winter Session Term 1 for your given year, as per the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar found here: https://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?go=deadlines.
If you are unable to secure an internship, you will apply to graduate with your Master of Engineering degree and start your new graduate job search.
After successful completion of the pre-employment training workshops, each MEng internship student will receive one resume and cover letter review, and one mock interview when they receive an interview invitation from an employer. Students are also welcome to attend weekly one-hour job search advising sessions facilitated by a Co-op Career & Industry Partner who can answer questions you may have about your job search and provide advice on job search strategies.
Yes. Once you are enrolled in the Internship stream and registered in PD Portal, transcripts are available by navigating to PD Portal > Documents > Co-op Documents > Transcripts. A Student Summary Sheet template can also be found in PD Portal under CO-OP > Resources.
If you receive an internship offer of employment, please reach out to a Co-op Career Advisor & Industry Partner so they can review the terms of your offer and discuss with you the opportunity you have been offered, prior to you making a decision on the offer of employment.
You have two business days (unless otherwise stated) to inform the employer or a Co-op Career Advisor & Industry Partner (if the offer was extended to you via the co-op program) whether you want to accept or decline their offer of employment (either presented verbally or in writing).
Yes, a verbal or email offer is legally binding when accepted by the applicant, even if you do not yet have the full offer or employment contract document. Once an offer is verbally accepted, the employer will issue the written offer. An accepted verbal offer is no different than a signed written offer.
No. Once you have accepted a position, even verbally, you must remove yourself from the job search, decline future job interviews, and cancel any booked interviews. The first job offer you accept (verbally, via email, or via a signed document) is the position you are committed to, and you will commence work with that employer at the start of the internship period. Failure to abide by this policy will result in removal from the internship stream.
No. You may only work for one employer for the duration of your internship. Extensions with the same company are permitted, but you will not be permitted to work under your co-op work permit for another company.
During the Internship
Internship students cannot register themselves in the co-op work term course(s). Once your internship has been approved, the co-op office will register you in the appropriate co-op work term course(s). The internship courses are APSC 510, APSC 511, and APSC 512. You will be registered in APSC 510 for the first four months of your internship, APSC 511 for the second four months of your internship (if applicable), and APSC 512 for the third four months of your internship (if applicable).
No. During your internship, your main priority should be your work for your employer, and you are not permitted to take courses while you are working.
Yes. All internship students are required to complete one assignment for every four-month term of their employment contract. At the start of each work term, students will be registered in a Canvas course where the assignment details will be posted and where students will submit their assignments by the posted deadline for grading. Students must satisfactorily complete their assignment to pass the co-op work term course.
During each four-month co-op work term, you will be required to participate in a work term check-in between you, a Co-op Career Advisor and Industry Partner, and your supervisor in the workplace. These work term check-ins take place approximately halfway through each four-month work term and will be conducted either via an in-person meeting, an online (Zoom/Teams) meeting, a phone call or through an electronic form. The co-op office will contact you approximately two months into your work term with details regarding the scheduling and mode of your work term check-in.
These work term check-ins provide an opportunity for a Co-op Career Advisor to speak with you and your supervisor to review and discuss your job responsibilities, learning and progress to date, work term and future goals, and any concerns you may have regarding your experience.
If you any concerns at all regarding your experience in the workplace, immediately contact a Co-op Career Advisor and Industry Partner for assistance.
Completion of the Program
The length of your internship will determine when you apply to graduate. Please refer to the College of Graduate Studies Program Completion and Graduation webpage for the graduation application deadlines.
Once you have completed all your MEng course requirements and fulfilled the terms of your internship employment agreement, you must:
1. Submit a MEng Program Completion Application
2. Apply to graduate through your Student Service Centre (SSC)
3. Ensure your last day of internship employment is no later than the 30th day of the last month of the academic term (i.e., April 30, August 30, December 30) to ensure your internship grade is entered by the College of Graduate Studies Program Completion Deadlines.
No, students are not permitted to end their internship early to commence a full-time permanent position. Once a student has accepted an approved internship opportunity, this internship automatically becomes a mandatory part of your MEng degree program, meaning students are required to complete the terms of their internship employment agreement for program completion.
No. This program has been designed specifically for you to start your internship in September, when the job search is less competitive, and you have completed your academic degree requirements. As this internship is at the end of your degree, employers may hire you for permanent, full-time positions upon completion of your internship, if mutually agreed upon. You must pay a minimum of 3 instalments for the academic terms of your MEng degree, as described in the UBCO Academic Calendar. Your internship does not count towards these 3 instalments.
No. The co-op course credits are non-additive and do not count towards your degree coursework requirements. If you are successful in securing an internship, you will be considered a full-time student throughout the duration of your internship and your internship will extend the duration of your degree, which increases the length of your post-graduation work permit.
All internship positions must be paid positions and meet the minimum wage requirements for the jurisdiction where the internship position is based. In British Columbia, the minimum wage is $16.75 (as of June 1, 2023). Unpaid work or work not meeting minimum wage requirements will not be eligible for the internship.
Most internship students earn more than the British Columbia or other provincial/territorial minimum wage. Please refer to the UBC Applied Science Co-op Program’s website for details on the typical salaries co-op students earn while on a work term.
If the answer to your question is not found in these frequently asked questions, please contact the UBC Applied Science Co-op Program at email@example.com.