Professional Internships for BCH Students
Students in a Bachelor of Computing (Honours) plan (code BCH) can
register to do a Professional Internship version of their plan. An
internship placement is an integral part of a Professional Internship
plan. The COMP courses 390/6.0, 391/3.0, 392/3.0, and 393/3.0 ensure
that students continue to be registered during the terms of their
internship placement. Satisfactory completion of a written summary
report following completion of the work period enables the internship
student to receive credit for the courses plus transcript and diploma
annotations indicating a degree plan that includes a Professional
Internship. These replace the corresponding undergraduate project
course requirement (CISC-498/6.0 or CISC-499/3.0 or CISC-496/3.0 or COGS-499/3.0).
Role of Career Services
The preparations for and monitoring of an internship placement are
organized and coordinated by Career Services under the Queen's
Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP). School of Computing students
considering the possibility of a Professional Internship should watch
for Career Services announcements about QUIP.
Role of the School of Computing's Academic Internship
The School of Computing's Academic Internship Administrator
monitors our internships and grades the summary reports of returning
Frequently Asked Questions
Here's a list of responses to common questions posed by
prospective and current BCH Professional Internship students.
Why should I consider the Professional Internship
- Potential employers value the real-world experience
that it provides.
- Transcripts and diplomas of students who complete the
program include the additional information that the degree
was completed with Professional Internship. For
example, the degree category might read:
Bachelor of Computing (Honours, Biomedical Computing
with Professional Internship).
- The completed Professional Internship fulfils a key
degree requirement. Students who don't participate must
complete an undergraduate project course.
- Students enrolled in the internship courses continue to
be registered at Queen's.
- Internship course fees and expenses related to moving
to a placement location are eligible for the corresponding
income tax deductions.
- How do I enter the Professional Internship
There are two important initial steps. One is to register for QUIP
with Career Services. The other is to obtain Professional
Internship Program approval from the School of Computing. The
School requires a CGPA above 1.90 as a condition for approval.
Students should fill out and sign the required form before seeking
approval from the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. These preparatory
activities begin during the Fall term. Career Services workshops
take place in September/October. To be eligible for the first round
of job offerings, register at Career Services by the beginning of
- Why are my courses and fees different from other Arts
& Science students doing QUIP?
The extent to which internship placements are integral to an
undergraduate program varies across academic units. Computing
students doing the Professional Internship are fulfilling a degree
requirement and therefore register in the Professional Internship
courses while completing their placements.
What courses do I register for and when?
The course structure covers either a 12 or 16-month period. The
following are the most common course registration patterns.
- 12-month internship:
- May start: COMP-391/3.0 Spring-Summer plus
- September start: COMP-390/6.0 Fall-Winter plus
- January start: COMP-393/3.0 Winter plus
COMP-391/3.0 Spring-Summer plus COMP-392/3.0
- 16-month internship:
- May start: COMP-391/3.0 Spring-Summer plus
COMP-390/6.0 Fall-Winter plus COMP-392/3.0
- How do I register for the internship courses?
COMP-391/3.0 (Spring-Summer) requires a Registration Form signed by
the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Computing.
COMP-390/6.0 (Fall-Winter) can be added on SOLUS during course
pre-registration in the summer. COMP-392/3.0 (Spring-Summer) can be
added on SOLUS during the Spring-Summer registration period.
- What is the deadline for registering for the
Spring-Summer courses COMP-391/3.0 and COMP-392/3.0?
The deadline for registering in the Spring-Summer courses is
May 1. A late fee applies to
registrations after the first day of Spring Term (normally the
first Monday in May). Students who are very late may have to appeal
to the Associate Dean of Studies in order to add the course, and
pay an additional fee.
- How much do the internship courses cost? How do I pay?
When are fees due?
Fees for COMP-391/3.0, COMP-392/3.0, and COMP-393/3.0 are the same
as for regular Queen's half-courses. Fees for COMP-390/6.0 are
the same as for a Queen's full course. The preferred method of
payment for all courses is by internet or telephone banking. Fees
may be paid by cheque at any branch of the Bank of Montreal.
Payment for the Spring-Summer courses (COMP-391/3.0 &
COMP-392/3.0) is due prior to
registration. A minimum payment for the Fall-Winter
course (COMP-390/6.0) is due by 15 August. The balance of fees
owing is payable in full by 30 September.
- Why do I have to pay fees for courses that don't
count toward my degree?
In part, the fees support functions provided by Career Services -
finding placement possibilities, teaching resumé preparation,
coaching interview performance, and setting up interviews. The
administrative fee for a conventional Queen's Undergraduate Internship is $800. The
remaining amounts are considered by the Faculty of Arts and Science
to be compensation in lieu of tuition fees for the
project courses. Note that the internship course fees are
eligible for a tuition tax deduction and will reduce the tax
liability on income from your placement.
- What happens if I am "late" in getting an
Students sometimes secure internship placements after the normal
starting date. July starts can be accommodated by treating
COMP-391/3.0 as a Summer course, with a July 1 registration
How do the internship courses count towards my degree
The project course normally required in the B.Cmp.(Hons.)
program (i.e., CISC-498/6.0 or CISC-499/3.0 or CISC-496/3.0 or COGS-499/3.0)
is replaced by 9.0 units of COMP-39x courses (or, for a
16-month internship, 12.0 units of COMP-39x), provided that the
internship report documents how the internship work has
satisfied the requirements for a conventional CISC-498/6.0 or
CISC-499/3.0 or CISC-496/3.0 or COGS-499/3.0 project. The Plan requirements
therefore are in effect reduced to 114.0 units (SODE-P
students) or 117.0 units (COMP-M, BMCO-P, CSCI-P, COMA-P,
COGS-P students) plus the internship
courses. You will still have to do the same number of
electives; for example, if you do an internship in a SODE plan,
you will need \(120.0 - 108.0 = 12.0\)
units of electives not including
any units from COMP-39x courses. This is implemented in
PeopleSoft by increasing the Program requirements
(not the Plan requirements) by some number of COMP-3xx
units so that only the 3.0 or 6.0 units for
the replaced project course are actually counted toward
satisfying the normal requirements. Program requirements
are the total number of credits needed to complete a B.Cmp.H.
degree, including electives; Plan requirements are the specific
courses needed to satisfy a Plan, such as Software Design. So
Plan + electives = Program.
- Is it possible to do both a Professional Internship
and an Undergraduate Project?
Most students do one or the other. Completing the Professional
Internship satisfies the degree requirement. But, with permission
of the project-course coordinator, a student can do an
undergraduate project course after completing the Professional
Internship. The project course would normally then count as an
- Is it possible to take other courses during my
Yes, you may register for other courses in addition to the
internship courses. However, you may find that being fully engaged
in your internship placement leaves little time for extra course
- What happens after I finish my internship
You are required to submit a written report following completion of
your placement. The report summarizes the work you did. The report
is due within a month of completing your placement. For students
who hold 16-month placements that begin in May, the report is due
in September when you return as a full time student.
- What goes into the report?
Since your report covers work over an extended period of time,
effective report-writing strategies begin early in your internship
placement. You should keep track of the content of the work you do
throughout your internship placement. Retain records of such things
as internal reports you prepare and submit during your placement,
meetings you attend, committees you sit on, conferences you attend
or present at, written and oral presentation you make, and so on.
Be prepared to include descriptions of these in your report.
How does the work I do during my internship relate to
my academic program?
In order to satisfy the degree program requirements, the
internship work (or some part of it) should be comparable to
the content of a project course. Here is the relevant
description, adapted from the Arts and Science Calendar:
The project course normally required in the B.Cmp.(Hons.)
program is replaced by the internship courses, provided
that the internship report documents how the internship
work has satisfied the requirements for a conventional
CISC-498/496/499 or COGS-499 project.
When is the internship report due?
Students submit their reports to complete their degree
requirements. According to the Arts and Science Calendar:
Successful completion ... requires submission of a
satisfactory report on the experience within thirty
days of completion of the work period.
Extensions may be granted only in the case of
documented illness, family or personal crisis.
- Who grades the reports, and how are they
The Academic Internship Administrator, Jim Rodger, evaluates the
reports. (In some cases, Non-Disclosure issues may mean that the
placement supervisor participates in the evaluation.) Once the
report is completed satisfactorily, a passing grade is recorded.
There are no numeric marks for the internship courses.
- What happens to the internship courses on my
COMP-390/6.0 plus either or both of COMP-391/3.0 and COMP-392/3.0
appear as NG (Not Graded) on your transcript until the
final report has been successfully completed. At that time a
"change of grade" is submitted to the Faculty of Arts and
Science, to revise the entries to PA (Pass).
- Are there special rules for International
Government regulations require that these students be registered in
a Professional Internship program in order to be eligible for a
work placement in Canada.
- Can my internship experience count towards professional
CIPS (the Canadian Information Processing Society) has very
rigorous standards concerning the application of student work
experience towards ISP (Information Systems Professional)
certification. In general, they treat co-op work as educational
content. However, the length of our internship placements affords
our students an opportunity to acquire professional experience that
may qualify, when considered on an individual basis.
- I registered for an internship last year, but did not
get one. Do I have to register again?
No, you only need to register once. Career Services retains your
- How do I keep in touch while I'm away from
Computing interns remain Queen's students during their
placements, and should check Queen's email regularly for
messages from the University and the School of Computing. A Moodle
site associated with the internship courses provides discussion
forums and information about the report.
- Can I do an internship if I'm not a BCH
Arts and Science students registered in other Honours degree plans
(such as COCA-P-BAH) may be eligible to do a conventional QUIP internship. However, eligibility for a
Professional Internship in Computing requires registration in a
Bachelor of Computing (Honours) plan (code BCH).
Past Internship Placements:
- Royal Military College
- Leica Microsystems (Germany)
- Voodoo Computing
- Nortel Networks
- Niagara Region
- Red Hat
- E.A. Sports
- Canadian Institute for Health Information
- Calgary Scientific
- Austrian Research Centers
- Center of Excellence in Medicine and IT (Austria)
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