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
The School of Computing's Academic Internship
Administrator monitors our internships and grades the summary reports of
returning interns. The internship program Administrators are Karen Knight
(Undergraduate Program Assistant) and Wendy Powley (Faculty)
Frequently Asked Questions
Here's a list of responses to common
questions posed by prospective and current BCH Professional Internship
- Why should I consider the
Professional Internship Program?
- 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
- 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
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. Also required is that at the time of
starting the internship, not more than 90 units have been completed
towards the plan the student is enrolled in. No exceptions are made
to this rule. Students should fill out and sign the required form and hand
it in to the School's Undergraduate Program Assistant, Karen Knight. 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
- Can I begin a job without registering
with QUIP and turn it into an Internship later?
No. Please plan
ahead if you are considering doing an internship. You will not be permitted to
retroactively enroll in the Internship option.
- Can I take a 4- or 8-month internship?
Internships must be 12 or 16 months.
- Can I combine two or more jobs at
different locations to make up the 12-16 months?
No. An internship must be a continuous 12-16 months at a single location.
- 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
- What courses do I register for and
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 COMP-390/6.0 Fall-Winter
- September start: COMP-390/6.0
Fall-Winter plus COMP-392/3.0 Spring-Summer
- January start: COMP-393/3.0 Winter
plus COMP-391/3.0 Spring-Summer plus COMP-392/3.0 Fall
- 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
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
- 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
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 internship placement?
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 deadline.
- How do the internship courses count
towards my degree requirements?
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 elective credit.
- Is it possible to take other courses
during my internship?
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 work.
- What happens after I finish my
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. Reports are submitted via the QSC
Internship OnQ page.
- 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. The report is approximately 10 pages.
- 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
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
- Who grades the reports, and how are
The Academic Internship Administrator, Wendy Powley evaluates the
reports. 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 transcript?
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
- Are there special rules for
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 certification?
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
- 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
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. An OnQ site associated with the internship
courses provides discussion forums and information about the report.
Please feel free to reach out to either Karen Knight or Wendy Powley
at any point during your internship.
- Can I do an internship if I'm not a
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
Past Internship Placements:
- Royal Military College
- Leica Microsystems (Germany)
- Voodoo Computing
- Niagara Region
- Red Hat
- E.A. Sports
- Canadian Institute for Health
- Calgary Scientific
- Austrian Research Centers
- Center of Excellence in Medicine and
- email the School of Computing
Undergraduate Program Assistant: Karen Knight
the School of Computing Academic Internship Administrator: Wendy Powley
- email the School of Computing
Undergraduate chair: Prof D.Lamb
- email the Career Services QUIP Coordinator
- Career Services QUIP page: QUIP
- Calendar Description of Professional
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