Science Internship Program Requirements


The Science Internship Program (SIP) allows small to large size companies to hire students for certain periods of time to support their operations. SIP students possess a solid knowledge base and technical skills set from their academic courses and labs, with many student having additional research and volunteer experience in scientific fields. Employers can choose from a wide range of talented students from different departments. 


To hire a SIP student the following criteria need to be fulfilled:

  • The internship tasks should align with a student’s academic pursuit
  • Positions should start in the beginning of January, May or September
  • Full time work (30 – 40 hours/week)
  • The length should be 4, 8, 12 or 16 months (it is possible to extend the duration as long as the 16 months are not exceeded)
  • Pay a wage at a rate comparable to industry norms (at least minimum wage)
  • The work place has to be a professional office setting (no home office)
  • Assign a supervisor to the student to provide regular, constructive feedback to help interns grow professionally. Supervisor should be:
    • A full time staff member, on site
    • Knowledgeable and experience in the student’s field of studies
    • Able to speak to the tasks the student will be assigned to
    • Meet with an internship coordinator at a midpoint site visit
    • Provide a midpoint and final evaluation of the intern
There are a number of wage subsidies provided by the government to help hire a student. For more information please follow the link.