Faculty of Science

Program Eligibility

Science Internship

The Science/BMSc Internship Program aims to provide 8-16 month practical science-related experience in an employment setting. All students enrolled in the 3rd year of a 4-year undergraduate Science or Basic Medical Science Honors Specialization, Specialization, or in a Major + Major combination (where at least one of the Majors is in Science or Basic Medical Science), or students who are enrolled in the 3rd year of a 4-year BSc or BSc (Hons) program are eligible to enroll in the Science/BMSc Internship Program, if they satisfy the eligibility requirements: fulltime enrolment at Western, at least a 70% average and/or the recommendation of their department(s) in Science/Basic Medical Science. Unique cases may include an Internship work term between year 4 and 5 of an eligible academic program.

Program Participation

Students will be registered in, and attend, all preparatory classes included in Science 3391: Internship: Planning, Practicum and Prospects, and upon successfully securing an Internship work term, will pay an administrative fee. Please note: students do not register themselves in Science 3391 (it is not a normal course).  Once approved to the program students will have Science 3391 added to their records. It will not trigger a course “overload”.

Completion of an Internship work term will delay graduation by one year, similar to co-operative education programs at other Canadian universities. Students who are not successful in securing an Internship work term will be withdrawn from Science 3391, with no academic penalty, and will not be liable for the administrative fee. Following the Internship work term, Interns will complete a report and oral presentation. A grade of pass/fail will be assigned to Science 3391: Internship: Planning, Practicum and Prospects.

Students interested in the program should apply in the fall of their 3rd academic year.

Application and Approval Procedures

1.Students are eligible for the Science Internship Program if they satisfy all approval criteria. Students must: 

If you satisfy the above criteria, then...

2. Complete an on-line Student Profile form (opens September 1, 2016 for 2016/2017) in CareerCentral:

Log into CareerCentral. Click "Internship" on the left then click "Apply to Internship/Co-op" and select your application choice - "Science Internship".  Finish by clicking "Submit Application" only once and wait until the confirmation page appears.

Once we have your information, your application will be reviewed. We will:

This review process will not be complete until mid-October as applications are held and sent in bulk to the Departmental Program Advisors.  We will contact you regarding your approval to the Program at this time.

Once approved, we will:

Student Responsibilities

It is expected that the student will:

Current Intern Responsibilities

While on the Job, it is expected that the intern will: