- When can I apply for internship positions?
Internship start date
End of August, September, October
End of December, January, February
End of April, May, June, July
Most employers tend to post their internship positions 3 to 4 months in advance.
Keep in mind, there are also companies that recruit well in advance, such as Blackberry, Communication Security Establishment (CSE), Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and some more. They start recruiting 9 – 12 months before the start of the internship. Smaller companies tend to post their jobs usually two month in advance.
- Can I apply to more than one job posting?
We encourage you to apply to more than one job to enhance your chances of finding an internship. Try to apply for positions on SciWorks as well as for positions you can find on public job boards.
- Which documents do I need for my applications?
For most applications you need an updated resume, cover letter and recent unofficial transcripts. Your resume and cover letter must be tailored to each position. Don’t apply with a general resume or cover letter. Employers are interesting in learning more about you, your skills and why you are a fit for the particular position. Check out the blog for more information on cover letters and resumes.
- Why are there different applications modes? (Email, website, SciWorks)
There are three different ways to send your application to the employers.
1. You can upload it on SciWorks.
2. You can email it directly to the hiring manager.
3. You have to go through the application system on the company’s website.
The posting will always indicate the employer’s preferred application mode, please adhere to it.
- How do I apply for job postings through SciWorks?
If the position requires you to apply through SciWorks, you will have to click on “Apply for this position” and upload each document individually as a PDF file. It is important that you unlock your transcript PDF file before you upload it, otherwise you will get an error message.
How to unlock a secured PDF file for editing
Step 1: Open your browser, such as Google Chrome.
Step 2: Locate the secured PDF file you want to unlock, then drag and drop it into an existing/new tab in Chrome.
Step 3: Right click on the title bar of the PDF document, and then select Print from the context menu.
Step 4: After the ''Print'' panel opens, click the ''Change'' button in the ''Destination'' section and then select ''Save as PDF'' or ''Adobe PDF'' as the destination. Then click the ''Save'' or ''Print'' button.
Step 5: In the ''Save AS'' dialog, select one location such as Desktop to save the PDF file to be printed, type a file name, and then click the ''Save'' button. The Chrome browser will ignore the Owner password and save the secured PDF file without password.
Step 6: Open the PDF file and it is unsecured so that you can edit, print, and make changes to it. This way you successfully unlock the secured PDF file.
It is suggested that documents be named with your full name and an identifying feature about the position you are applying to.
For example: Firstname_Lastname_CompanyName or Firstname_Lastname_PositionTitle.
- Do I need to indicate on SciWorks when I intend to apply or have applied for a position?
YES! For each position you apply to on SciWorks please indicate that you have or will apply by using the button “intend to apply”. This gives us a better insight into students’ interests and the popularity of a position/ employer.
- Can I get help with my cover letter and resume?
Yes absolutely. The SIP team is offering various workshops on resume and cover letter as well as on interviewing skills. They are usually offered in the beginning of the Fall and Winter term. In addition to that you can always schedule an appointment with Nadine Buchanan or Janine Wedemeier. (email@example.com). Also, have a look at the drop-in schedule for quick resume and cover letter consultations. Log in to SciWorks to see the drop-in schedule. In addition, you can make an appointment with the Career Centre to get help with your application. Please keep in mind, they will charge you a small fee.
- Can I get help practising interviews?
First of all, it is strongly recommended to participate in one of the interview skills workshops. In addition, you can schedule an appointment with Nadine or Janine for a mock interview. The Career Centre also offers mock interviews, you have to schedule an appointment directly with a member of the Career Centre.