For SIP Employers

The Science Internship Program (SIP) places students for a period of 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in work assignments related to computing science.

  • Students have completed three years of their Computing Science or General Science undergraduate program.
  • They have a high grade point average.
  • Students are paid at competitive rates for their internships.
  • Internships start in May after the student's third year. Occasionally we place students at different times throughout the year.
  • There is a 3-month probationary period at which you evaluate the student.
  • Students work, then return to University to complete their degree.

Employing SIP Students

During their internships, students are expected to have productive full-time work and we recommend they be supervised by a computing professional. Students are employees of the company and are subject to the same expectations as any other employee.

Students are paid at competitive rates for their work. Terms of employment, such as salary, vacation and benefits, are negotiated between employer and student.

The initial three months of an internship are considered to be a probationary period, at which time you complete a review. At the end of the internship, you will evaluate the student's performance.

Confidentiality and Proprietary Information

Internship projects belong exclusively to the company, and will not be used in any other work or future studies.

Students are expected to produce a report on the completion of their internship. These reports can not be accepted unless you verify that they contain no confidential information. Please refer to Conduct and Ethics and Proprietary Clearance form (DOC) for further information of our expectations of students.

Benefits to Employers

  • Students work for a 4-16 month period beginning annually in January, May or September. The longer work term ensures you can assign robust projects.
  • Students provide new ideas and approaches to the work place.
  • Training is self-sustaining. Outgoing students can train incoming students.
  • Students know to protect the confidentiality and propriety rights.
  • Students have good technical skills acquired from their degree program.

Before the Internship

Hiring Procedure


You will need a project that allows the student to complete valuable and meaningful work for 4-16 months.

During the Internship

Probationary Evaluation

  • A Probationary Evaluation will be emailed to the student's supervisor following a 3-month probationary period to ensure the internship is mutually productive.
  • If you are both satisfied, continue the internship to its completion.
  • If either you or the student are dissatisfied, the internship may be terminated and the student will return to continue his/her studies for the next school term.


If you or the student wish to discontinue the internship at the end of the 3-month probationary period, you must contact the Director or Coordinator of SIP (Computing Science), prior to carrying out the termination.

Site Visits

The SIP Director (Computing Science) will conduct a formal site visit with you and the student. As well, an alternate person from the Department may drop in for an informal visit at another time.

The SIP Director (Computing Science) will meet with the student for about 15-20 minutes:

  • View the work area
  • Discuss working conditions, projects, etc.
  • Review whether the objectives of SIP are being met to ensure a meaningful work experience
  • Discuss any problems that need to be addressed

The SIP Director (Computing Science) will meet with you for about 15-20 minutes:

  • Discuss the student's progress
  • Raise any concerns with the supervisor
  • If necessary, meet jointly with you and the student
  • Take suggestions relating to the improvement of the SIP program

The student may meet with the SIP Director (Computing Science) again, if necessary, as an opportunity to get a coffee, especially if there is an issue to resolve.

Final Evaluation

  • A Final Evaluation will be emailed to the student's supervisor close to the end of the student's placement. We request that this be completed and returned to by the set deadline indicated within the email.
  • These evaluations become part the student's departmental record.

After the Internship

Student Report