Internship Guides

We offer 2 internship programs that are specially designed to help U of T undergraduate students develop the skills and experience they need for the workplace.
PEY – Professional Experience Year Program
  • 1 continuous internship for 12-16 months
  • Start date: May through August 2018
  • During your internship, your student status changes from full-time to part-time
  • Mostly 3rd year students participate
ESIP – Engineering Student Internship Program
  • 1 continuous internship for 4 months
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Mostly 2nd year students participate

PEY + ESIP Eligibility

  • Good academic standing
  • Currently a Full-time U of T student
  • Currently in 2nd or 3rd year*
    *You are expected to return to Full-time studies after your internship. This means Transfer students/4th year students are eligible if they plan to return to Full-time studies after their internship.
  • CGPA of 2.0 +**
    **If you are interested in ESIP but your CGPA is lower than 2.0, please contact our office to request special consideration.
  • Check the categories below to determine your eligibility:
Permanent Resident/Canadian Citizen
PEY Eligibility

Campus: All U of T Campuses

Program of Study:

Engineering

  • ChemE, CivE, MSE, MIE, MinE, EngSci, ECE

Arts & Science

  • Computer Science, Commerce, PTP, Mathematics, various
ESIP Eligibility

Campus: St. George Campus

Program of Study:

Engineering

  • ChemE, CivE, MSE, MIE, MinE, EngSci, ECE

Only Engineering students qualify for ESIP, our Engineering Summer Internship Program.

International Student
PEY Eligibility

Valid Study Permit

Campus: St. George Campus

Program of Study:

Engineering

  • ChemE, CivE, MSE, MIE, MinE, EngSci, ECE

Arts & Science

  • Computer Science

Only International Computer Science students at St. George Campus qualify for PEY because it fulfills the degree requirement for the Integrative and inquiry-based activity. This means they are eligible for a co-op work permit and need to process it before their internship starts. Once you register, we will guide you through the co-op work permit process.

ESIP Eligibility

Valid Study Permit

Campus: St. George

Program of Study:

Engineering

  • ChemE, CivE, MSE, MIE, MinE, EngSci, ECE

Only Engineering students qualify for ESIP, our Engineering Summer Internship Program.


Internship Statistics

See our placement statistics from last year’s cohort and find out who are our top hiring companies by discipline:
PEY 2016 – 2017

PEY Engineering Stats

PEY Arts & Science Stats


What can I expect during the program?

Here is a timeline that takes you through the whole PEY and ESIP program:


What do I get when I register?

After you register, you will receive our support every step of way. We will help you find jobs via access to our Career Portal and provide Internship Preparation workshops and support before and during your internship.

  1. Access to the Career Portal where PEY & ESIP jobs are posted
  2. Resume/Cover Letter development
  3. Mock Interviews
  4. Internship Preparation Workshops
  5. Invitations to Employer Info Sessions
  6. Advice and support from our team

Where do I find internships?

Career Portal

On our Career Portal, we have over 1500 jobs posted from 300+ companies. After you register, you will receive a welcome email later on with access information.

Independent Placements

You may obtain a PEY or ESIP internship outside of the Career Portal. Should you receive an independent offer, contact our office immediately with the required information below for review of eligibility and documentation requirements. Once approved, your employer and your internship term will be officially added in our database. You will be required to pay the PEY/ESIP Placement fee + applicable incidental fees with no exception. International students and students who will be working outside of Canada who accept independent placements will follow the existing guidelines that applies to regular interns.

Work term requirements:

  1. Paid continuous internship in a reputable organization. No split internship terms
  2. Work term duration: PEY (12-16 months) ESIP (4 months summer)
  3. Signed copy of Offer Letter/Contract which shows the start date, end date and salary rate
  4. Name, title, email address, phone number and work address of  the contact person in the organization
  5. A commitment to follow the Engineering Career Centre’s policies and guidelines

Program Fees

Registration Fee: $125 (non-refundable)

  • Once you register into the program, you will pay a registration fee which will give you access to our Career Portal and services. For the academic year, you only need to register once.
  • Registration Periods:
    • September 8 – 18, 2017
    • January 5 -11, 2018
    • PTP students follow a different registration period and timeline. Please refer to your PTP representative for more information.

Placement Fee: $975

  • Once you secure an internship, you will pay a placement fee to have the internship processed.

Extra Fees: During your internship, your student status will change from full-time to part-time. As a part-time student, you will be required to pay your undergraduate Incidental Fees.

Registration Fee: $125 (non-refundable)

  • Once you register into the program, you will pay a registration fee which will give you access to our Career Portal and services. For the academic year, you only need to register once.
  • Registration Periods:
    • September 8 – 18, 2017
    • January 5 -11, 2018

Placement Fee: $275

  • Once you secure an internship, you will pay a placement fee to have the internship processed.

No incidental fees


FAQs 

What if I don't have any work experience?

Employers know many students don’t have in-depth industry experience. They value your coursework, projects, summer work, research, volunteer and extra-curricular activities.

I want to do both ESIP & PEY

Both Registration and Placement fees apply to each program. Once you register, you have access to our Career Portal and services for the academic year. Registration fees are not refundable. You can do ESIP and PEY back-to-back (May-August 2018 for ESIP, September 2018- August 2019 for PEY).

Can I split my internship? I heard you can work at multiple companies during your PEY?

No, the new policy is that all PEY Internships must be a 12-16 month continuous internship at 1 company. For internship opportunities to qualify for PEY, they have to be a continuous 12-16month term, which is the standard requirement for government approval of the program.

My CGPA isn't high enough

Don’t fret! There is another registration round in January. Use this time to focus on your grades and prepare. You can find the registration periods here

What are 'my chances' of getting a position?

It all comes down to how prepared you are. Many of our students have been successful because they were prepared; understanding a company’s hiring needs and aligning it with your interests to ensure a good fit. We are here to help you get there.

Can I do multiple ESIP and PEY internships?

All eligible students can complete 1 ESIP and 1 PEY internship during their undergraduate program.

 

Are you ready to register? Here are the next steps:
How do I register? I have questions