Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)


Internship

The Internship is completed in the following stages:

Program Discussion: Potential interns (junior or senior majors) are advised on the nature and purpose of an internship. The essential point they learn is that there is a significant difference between the theory they learn in the classroom and the practice they will encounter during their internship.

Eligibility: A student with a departmental average of at least “B-” at the beginning of the junior or senior year may elect to pursue an internship course.

Internship Contract Signed: The next stage is to have a meeting with the organization which has agreed to provide the internship. At this meeting, the nature of the internship is discussed and the student, the off-campus supervisor, and the 470 instructor all sign the form. At this meeting, special details of the internship are agreed in the format of a contract between the three parties.

Visit to Place of Work: At the time of the contract signing, or at a time near to this meeting, the 470 instructor visits the place of work where the student will be, and checks that the environment is suitable and that the nature of the work and the place of work go together.

Contact Off-campus Supervisor: Contact is established between the off-campus supervisor and the 470 instructor to ensure that if any problems arise during the internship, there is a clear understanding of the roles each party will play in making sure that the student has a quality learning experience.

Bi-monthly Progress Reports from Intern: During the period of the internship, interns are expected to email the 470 instructor bi-monthly, to report on progress and activity. Students are expected to record their activities so that they can, in the future, review what activities occupied their time while they participated in the internship.

Mid-term Assessment of the Intern: The mid-term assessment is initially made based on the  results of the bi-weekly progress reports. The off-campus supervisor will be consulted by the 470 instructor before the mid-term grade is posted.

Intern’s Internship Final Report: At the end of an intern’s period of work, the intern is required to present a Report of Activity. This report is to record the activities that the student has completed. The program will provide a general template for the report. Students may add to the template. Once the report is submitted, it is reviewed by the 470 instructor, and additions may be requested during an interview and discussion with the student.

Final Presentation: The student has to give a public presentation to the department about his/her experience.

Final Assessment: The final assessment begins with a final assessment by the off-campus supervisor. This is submitted by the off-campus supervisor to the 470 instructor. The 470 instructor then confirms the off-campus supervisor assessment. The student will have to present his/her findings, and then the 470 instructor will submit the final grade, of either Pass or No Pass.

Grade Distribution

1)  Bi-weekly progress reports 30%
2)  Work supervisor report 10%
3)  Final report 40%
4)  Final presentation 20%

                         

Guidelines

  1. The student is limited to a maximum of 6 credits hours of internship. A maximum of 3 credit hours (taken in increments of 1, 2 or 3 credits) may be applied to the major electives. An additional 3 credit hours of internship may be counted towards a second major, minor or as free electives.
  2. For the durations of the semester, 16 weeks, students should work at least 2.5 hours per week (for 1 credit); 7.5 hours per week (for 3 credits); 10 hours per week (for 4 credits); and 15 hours per week (for 6 credits); A minimum of 120 hours is required for 3 credits, 80 hours for 2 credits and 40 hours for 1 credit.
  3. The department of Computer Engineering sets the standards for the internship and reserves the right to decide on the suitability of the work experience.
  4. The department of Computer Engineering may assist students to find suitable employment.
  5. Students are encouraged to find their own placements. However, the department of Computer Engineering must be advised before a student approaches a prospective organization.
  6. The 470 instructor will visit the place of work where the student will be working to determine if the environment is suitable, and that the nature of the work and place of work are in synergy.
  7. Contact will be established between the 470 instructors and on-site supervisor to ensure that if any problems arise during the internship, there is a clear understanding of the roles each party will play to ensure that the student has a quality learning experience.
  8. A placement is not secured until it has been approved by the department of Computer Engineering, and the student has signed and returned the Student Internship Agreement.
  9. Students are required to meet with the 470 instructor at least once a week to report on progress and activity.
  10. Any student who is dismissed from his/her internship must notify the Department Chair immediately. Failure to do so within a reasonable amount of time will result in a failing grade.