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What is the Internship Office?

The Bieler Family Internship Program at Macdonald Campus is a flexible program. We leave it up to the student to secure their own internship, so long as it is relevant to your studies and is a minimum of 10 weeks in duration. The internship officer will provide the necessary resources to help students find available opportunities. To get started in your research, you can request access to the industry database, research on your own for available internships, browse through myfuture, or gain inspiration by looking at past student interns.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. You must be a full-time undergraduate student in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  2. You must have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.7 or higher
  3. Your placement must be for a minimum of 14 weeks, minimum at full-time (35h/week) or equivalent.
  4. Your internship must be relevant to your field of academic study.

How do I get started?

The best way to get started is by doing some research on the kinds of internships available and what interests you the most.

  1. Consult this website to get more information
  2. Be sure to check out what past interns have done for ideas/inspiration: Meet the Interns
  3. mehek.mehta [at] mcgill.ca (Email )the Internship Officer to get access to the industry database
  4. Like us on Facebook! You will receive up-to-date job postings, information on workshops and events and sessions happening on campus
  5. CAPS is the Career and Planning Services Office for all McGill Students. It is a great resource and tool for career planning and advising, resume and cover letter writing, workshops, info sessions, job opportunities, and so much more.
  6. For specific job listings and internship opportunities log onto myfuture.
  7. Consult the Internship Offices Network (ION). The ION offers several internship and fellowship opportunities for all McGill Students.
  8. Be sure to do your own research and look into organizations that interest you. Then try making contact and inquire about opportunities within their enterprise. Send your resume and highlight specific attributes about yourself that would give you an advantage over the rest of possible candidates. Prepare yourself and read all you can about the company and any projects they might be involved with. Internships are competitive ventures; you want to ensure you have done your homework.
  9. Network, network, network! Speak to your professors, your classmates, your friends, your parents about jobs or internship opportunities. Go to career fairs, info sessions, workshops or events related to your career development – you never know who you will meet and help you in finding the right job for you!

I found an internship… Now what?

Once you secure an internship, email the Internship Officer to finalize all the paperwork and register for either the FAES 200 or 300 course.

The FAES 200 course is a no credit course, which means at the end of your internship you will receive a pass/fail. If you register for the FAES 200 course, your pass/fail grade will be evaluated on the following:

  • Journals (written on the 15th and 30th/31st of every month during your internship, with a video option)
  • Poster (created on a PPT, at the end of the internship outlining your experience)
  • Final Paper (submitted at the end of the internship)

The FAES 300 course is a credited course, (3 credits) and upon completion of your internship you will receive a final grade on your transcript. If you register for the FAES 300 course, you will be evaluated on the following:

  • Personal Statement or Short videos clips
  • Midterm report (Submitted at the half way point of the internship)
  • Poster and Presentation (you will be asked to present your internship experience)
  • Final Report (will be graded by a professor)
  • Supervisor Evaluations (your internship supervisor will be asked to complete evaluations of your work)

Information for Engineering Students

According to the document ‘Procedure for obtaining an engineer’s permit in Québec’, students may receive an experience credit for up to four months for engineering-related experience (such as an internship) acquired during the second half of their program of study.

Please consult the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec web site for more information.

For students in B Eng (Bioresource) who would like to use the FAES 300 internship course to count towards their Set D course make sure that your internship:

  1. Is overseen by a registered engineer
  2. Involves engineering design of some kind, and
  3. Is approved by a Program Advisor.

For information on B Eng (Bioresource)   |   For Academic Advising

What should my timeline be?

Since internships are done in the summer (May-August), most students register in one of the FAES courses by March/April. You can start your internship search as early as September if you wish, and the Internship officer will be happy to help you.

What about funding?

The Internship Office is most grateful to the Bieler Family for their support and generosity in making this program into a reality. In addition, we are grateful to our donors who have generously provided support in funding our student interns. As such, students can apply to receive funding through the following prestigious internship funding awards:

  • The Bieler Family Travel Assistance Program
  • The Brown Martlet Award (for students pursuing social entrepreneurship)
  • The Iwanicki International Internship
  • The Robert S. Broughton Student Internship in Agricultural Engineering Award
  • The Harold Blenkhorn Internship Award

Students interested in these funding opportunities should apply as soon as they secure their internship. Information, eligibility and requirements for each of these awards will be available on our website: Internship Awards. The deadline for these funding opportunities is April 1st

Still have questions?

Come see your Internship Officer, Kendra Gray
Office: Macdonald Stewart Bldg, MS2-082
Tel: 514 398 7924
Email: Kendra.Gray [at] mcgill.ca

Download the How-To Guide for the Internship Office


Internship Awards

The Bieler Family Internship Office offers undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for numerous internship awards. These awards have been established through the generous support of McGill alumni and have been designed to assist students pursue meaningful internships to complement their studies. 

Students must be enrolled in FAES 200 or FAES 300 Internship course, and meet eligibility requirements.

To apply for funding,

1. Fill out the Internship Award Application Form.

2. Download the Internship Award Budget Form, and email it to the Internship Officer, Kendra.gray [at] mcgill.ca.

Application deadline: April 1, 2017

Bieler Internship Assistance Program

In September 2009, the Bieler Family Internship Office opened through a generous contribution from McGill Macdonald Alumni, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Bieler, of Canneberges Atoka Cranberries Inc. The Internship Program was established to allow all undergraduate students the opportunity to complete a short term internship to gain real life work experience in their fields of study. In addition, The Bieler Internship Assistance Program was created to offer financial support to undergraduate students pursuing internships, both paid and voluntary. This program is funded by the Bieler Family Internship Office, and will support students on the basis of financial need. Recipients of the award in the past have been for both local and international placements, and the award amounts have been small but given to a broader group of students.

Value and Duration:

  • Value: amount varies every year (approximately $500 - $2,000)*
  • Duration: Summer Internship (May to August); 10-16 weeks on a full time basis

*The value of the award varies depending on student’s financial needs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Students must be enrolled in either the FAES 200 or the FAES 300 Internship Program and meet the eligibility requirements for participation in the course
  • Students can have paid or voluntary internships
  • Students must have written confirmation of an internship placement (in Canada or abroad) from the host organization. Placement must relate to the students’ academic field of study and should be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration  
  • Students should be in good academic standing (CGPA of 2.7 or higher)

 

Brown-Martlet Entrepreneurial Awards

The BMFC Entrepreneurial Awards seeks to aid students in their pursuit of entrepreneurship ventures, in the form of internships. Student placements should have an exclusive focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Creation, development and management of a business venture which includes undertaking all the necessary risks in order to make the venture profitable and the return gainful. This also includes Social Entrepreneurship. Within the social context, social entrepreneurship includes transformational benefits to society through social changes. These entrepreneurs look into society, isolate the areas in need of transformation and evoke solutions which seek to benefit the greater good. Value of Award:

Value and Duration:

  • Value: amount varies every year (approximately $500 - $1,500)*
  • Duration: Summer Internship (May to August); 10-16 weeks on a full time basis

*The value of the award varies depending on student’s financial needs.

Eligibility Requirements                                                                                                 

  • Full-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Students must be enrolled in an Internship course (credited or non-credited) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Students must have written confirmation of an internship placement (in Canada or abroad) from the host organization.
  • Student’s placement should be in the field of entrepreneurship  or social entrepreneurship
  • Placement must relate to the students’ academic field of study and should be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration         
  • Students should be in good academic standing (CGPA of 2.7 or higher)

 

Iwanicki International Internship Awards

The Iwanicki International Internship Awards were established in 2014 by Jack Iwanicki in honour of his late wife Eileen Iwanicki, BSc (HEc) 1957, to support one or more undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who are participating in an international internship through the Macdonald Campus Internship Program. The awards will be given to help undergraduate students in the faculty gain firsthand international experience related to their fields of study by providing partial funding to assist with travel and other expenses related to their internship. Preference will be given to students in Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

Value and Duration:

  • Value: amount varies every year (approximately $500-1000)*
  • Duration: Summer Internship (May to August); 10-16 weeks on a full time basis

*The value of the award varies depending on student’s financial needs.

Eligibility Requirements                                                                                                 

  • Full-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Preference will be given to students in Dietetics and Human Nutrition.
  • Students must be enrolled in an Internship course (credited or non-credited) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Students must have written confirmation of an internship placement (abroad) from the host organization.
  • Placement must relate to the students’ academic field of study and should be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration         
  • Students should be in good academic standing (CGPA of 2.7 or higher)

 

Robert S. Broughton Student Internship in Agricultural Engineering

The Robert S. Broughton Student Internship in Agricultural Engineering was established in 2014 in honor of Robert S. Broughton, PhD 1972, to support one or more undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who are participating in an internship through the Macdonald Campus Internship Program. The Award will be given to help undergraduate students in the Faculty gain firsthand experience related to their fields of study by providing partial funding to assist with expenses related to their internship. Administered through the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  Preference will be given to students from the Department Bioresource Engineering. Value and Duration:

  • Value: amount varies every year (approximately $1000- $2500)*
  • Duration: Summer Internship (May to August); 10-16 weeks on a full time basis

*The value of the award varies depending on student’s financial needs.

Eligibility Requirements                                                                                                 

  • Full-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Preference will be given to students in Bioresource Engineering.
  • Students must be enrolled in an Internship course (credited or non-credited) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Students must have written confirmation of an internship placement (in Canada or abroad) from the host organization.
  • Placement must relate to the students’ academic field of study and should be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration         
  • Students should be in good academic standing (CGPA of 2.7 or higher)

Harold Blenkhorn Internship Award

The Harold Blenkhorn Internship Award was established in 2014 in memory of Harold Blenkhorn, BScAgr 1950, to support one or more undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who are participating in an internship through the Macdonald Campus Internship Program. The Award will be given to help undergraduate students in the Faculty gain firsthand experience related to their fields of study by providing partial funding to assist with expenses related to their internship. Administered through the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  Preference will be given to students from the Department of Plant Science.  Value: Varies

Value and Duration:

  • Value: amount varies every year (approximately $500- $1500)*
  • Duration: Summer Internship (May to August); 10-16 weeks on a full time basis

*The value of the award varies depending on student’s financial needs.

Eligibility Requirements                                                                                                 

  • Full-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Preference will be given to students in Plant Science.
  • Students must be enrolled in an Internship course (credited or non-credited) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
  • Students must have written confirmation of an internship placement (in Canada or abroad) from the host organization.
  • Placement must relate to the students’ academic field of study and should be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration         
  • Students should be in good academic standing (CGPA of 2.7 or higher)
 

Internship Resources

Travel Guidelines

International Travel Registry
All students participating in a University-related international activity (i.e., bilateral exchange, internship, independent study-away, graduate work or other activity) are required to register their travel on Minerva. The registry collects information about itineraries, host organization contact information, emergency contact information, travel documentation, insurance, vaccinations, etc.

McGill monitors all University-related travel on the registry. Interns must register their travel outside of Montréal on the McGill travel registry as well as with DFAIT on the Registry of Canadians Abroad (ROCA).

When do I complete a TRAVEL REGISTRY Form?
If you are going on an internship that will take you outside of Canada, please contact the mehek.mehta [at] mcgill.ca (Internship Office) (MS2-082) and further information will be provided.

Once the Travel Registry is created by the Internship Officer, it can be found in Minerva under the Student Records Menu. When your form is ready for you to complete, you will receive a notice by email linking you directly to the form.

Travel Health Coverage
Simply type in ‘McGill University, Macdonald Campus (MCSS)’ and it will bring you to the main page, specifically designed for Macdonald students. Click on the ‘Travel’ tab and then select ‘Exchange & Internship’ for more specific information.

For Travel Visas: https://www.visahq.ca/visas.php

For Country Travel and Travel Advisories: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

For Students Interning in France

Convention de stage – Documentation for Internships in France or with a French organization outside of France

The Convention de Stage is an internship agreement between the intern, McGill University and the intern's host organization.

Please advise the Internship Office in advance if you require a convention de stage and ensure that you are registered in the FAES Internship Program for the duration of your internship. Students must also be returning to their studies following their internship. 

In order for the Convention to be completed, the following must be handed in to the Internship Office, either by email or in person:

  1. Letter of confirmation from the host organization
  2. A completed Contact Information Form
  3. A completed Letter of Agreement

Once the information for the Convention de stage has been compiled, a Travel Registry form will be created on Minerva, in which the student must log on to complete. Only once this form is completed, will the student be able to pick up their Convention de stage paperwork.

Four copies of the Convention will be printed on letterhead. All four will be signed by the student and the Internship Officer. One will be retained by the Internship Office, and the other three will be given to the student.

The student and the student’s internship supervisor must sign the three copies of the Convention. One will be retained by the host organization, one by the student, and the third must be mailed back to the Internship Office within five days after the internship begins.

You can mail the document to:
Kendra Gray, Internship Officer
Macdonald Campus, McGill University
Macdonald Stewart Building, room MS2-082
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, H9X 3V9, Canada

Information for International Students

If you would like to work on campus during your studies, please consult Working on campus

If you are an international student and would like to work off campus, please consult Working off campus. For students wishing to participate in an internship where your work would be off campus, you must apply for a Work Permit. Studying in Canada: Work permits for students - Co-op and internship programs. Applying online for an Off-Campus Work Permit – If you are a student who wishes to work off-campus while studying in Canada, this video will show you how to apply online for an Off-Campus Work Permit.

Information for Engineering Students

According to the document ‘Procedure for obtaining an engineer’s permit in Québec’, students may receive an experience credit for up to four months for engineering-related experience (such as an internship) acquired during the second half of their program of study.

Please consult the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec web site for more information.

For students in B Eng (Bioresource) that would like to use the FAES 300 internship course to count towards their Set D course make sure that your internship:

  1. Is overseen by a registered engineer
  2. Involves engineering design of some kind, and
  3. Is approved by a Program Advisor.

For information on B Eng (Bioresource)   |   For Academic Advising

A Note About Voluntourism

It has been brought to our attention that for-profit “voluntourism” companies have been actively recruiting students. While students are free to take such tours at their own expense, this is not something that the Bieler Family Internship Office can implicitly endorse by providing these firms a platform for selling their tours. For this reason, the Bieler Family Internship Office prepares students as much as possible to go with the proper mindset and help ensure that the organizations they work with are both appropriate and willing recipients of our tremendously motivated students. Aside from the fact that such tours fall outside of our efforts to ensure a good learning experience for students, the fact that they often generate significant profits by charging our students steep charges is antithetical to the university’s teaching mission and runs the risk of generating a backlash in host countries that will only make it more difficult for us to find quality internships for our students.

Please note that the Bieler Family Internship Office does not fund for-profit third-party or fee-based organizations which find internships for you.