The themed program, Science Internship Program (SIP), aims to provide an 8–16 month practical science-related experience in an employment setting. All students enrolled in the third year of a four-year undergraduate Science or Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree program including an Honors Specialization, Major or Specialization from the Faculty of Science or the Basic Medical Sciences are eligible to enrol in the Science Internship Program.
Students must also satisfy the eligibility requirements which are: be enrolled in full-time undergraduate studies at Western University; have at least a 70% average and/or the recommendation of their Department; have successfully completed the second-year principal courses required for their degree; have completed at least 5.0 credits at Western University; be in good standing with their Department; be returning to full-time studies at Western University to complete the final year of their studies.
Students interested in the program should apply through the Career Services Office in the Faculty of Science (at westerncareercentral.ca) in the fall of their third academic year. Additional opportunities may include an Internship work term between years four and five of an eligible academic program, or between years one and year two of a second degree.
Students will be required to attend all preparatory workshops and meet other preparatory requirements included in Science 3391: Internship: Planning, Practicum and Prospects, during the year prior to their work term. Students who are successful in securing a placement will pay an administrative fee and will receive 1.0 credit for the course once the themed program is complete. Students who are unsuccessful in securing a placement will be withdrawn from Science 3391 without penalty, and will not be liable for the administrative fee.
During their work term, students will be registered in one of three courses depending on the length of time of the practical experience component: Science 3393: Internship Work Term (8 month option), Science 3394: Internship Work Term (9–12 month option), or Science 3395: Internship Work Term (13–16 month option). Students who complete a second Internship Work Term with a second company will also be registered in Science 3396: Internship Work Term (second 8 month option). Following the work term, students will complete a report and oral presentation. A grade of pass/fail will be assigned to each of the course components completed as part of the themed program.
Students who qualify to receive a continuing scholarship in the academic year in which they participate in the Science Internship Program are permitted to defer receipt of the scholarship for one year.
For additional information, please visit www.uwo.ca/sci/undergrad/science_student_internship_program .