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Internship Program

The Faculty of Science currently offers internship opportunities for students who are full-time, Honours students or specializing in one of the following programs of study:
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics for Education
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics

The York University Internship Program provides students in specific programs with the opportunity to integrate their classroom learning with hands-on, paid, work experiences related to their field of study. While on work term(s), internship students apply their classroom learning in a work environment, explore potential career options, and build relationships with colleagues and employers. Internship students will begin their work term(s) after their third year of classroom study and can take part in 4, 8, 12, or 16 months of work before returning to school to complete their studies.

The Faculty of Science’s Experiential Education (EE) office’s goal is, amongst other things, to continuously expand Co-op and Internship opportunities for science students. Please take advantage of the help we can provide.

Click here to see the Internship eligibility for each program.

Benefits of Internship

Internship gives students the opportunity to gain professional, paid work experiences related to their program of study. Each job is approved by York University to ensure that students are engaging in productive and meaningful work in their respective disciplines. Other benefits include:

Gaining hands-on work experience before you graduate

Earning income as all co-op positions are full-time and paid

Networking with professionals in your field

Learning by applying theoretical knowledge in professional work environment

Internship Program FAQs

Students who are enrolled as a full-time student (Honours or Specialized) in:

  • Biophysics, Physics & Astronomy, and Mathematics & Statistics (Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Mathematics for Education, and Statistics)
  • Meet GPA eligibility requirements specified by each program
  • Interested in gaining professional work experience before graduation

We recommend that students attend an information session in their 2nd or 3rd year. Internships are available to both domestic and international students.

Step 1: Attend an Internship information session. If you weren’t able to attend an information session and you’re interested in applying, please contact sciquest@yorku.ca.

Step 2: Applications for the Internship Program are open year round. You have up to one year after attending an information session to submit your application.

Step 3: Confirmation of Acceptance: All student applications will be reviewed and checked for eligibility. Successful candidates will be notified by e-mail that they have been accepted. Only those students who have been accepted will be sent an e-mail indicating their next steps.

Step 4: Pay related fees and sign up for required workshops.

Applications for the Internship Program are open year round. You have up to one year after attending an information session to submit your application.

Remember, these are just a couple of examples, your work term/study combination could look different.

4 Month Work Term:

Fall TermWinter TermSummer Session
Year 1StudyStudyBreak
Year 2StudyStudy*Attend Internship Information Session
Year 3StudyApply for the Internship ProgramInternship Work Term
Year 4StudyStudyStudy

*Note there must be at least one term of full-time studies after the last work term.
8 Month Work Term:

Fall TermWinter TermSummer Session
Year 1StudyStudyBreak
Year 2StudyStudyAttend Internship Information Session
Year 3StudyApply for the Internship ProgramInternship Work Term
Year 4Internship Work TermStudyStudy
Year 5Study*

*Note there must be at least one term of full-time studies after the last work term.
12 Month Work Term:

Fall TermWinter TermSummer Session
Year 1StudyStudyBreak
Year 2StudyStudyBreak
Year 3Attend Internship Information SessionApply for the Internship ProgramInternship Work Term
Year 4Internship Work TermInternship Work TermStudy
Year 5Study*Study*

*Note there must be at least one term of full-time studies after the last work term.
16 Month Work Term:

Fall TermWinter TermSummer Session
Year 1StudyStudyBreak
Year 2StudyStudyBreak
Year 3Attend Internship Information SessionApply for the Internship ProgramInternship Work Term
Year 4Internship Work TermInternship Work TermInternship Work Term
Year 5Study*Study*Study*

*Note there must be at least one term of full-time studies after the last work term.

Yes, all internship positions are paid. You will be working full-time with your employer for the duration of your internship.

Undergraduate students are considered full-time if they are registered in a course load of at least 60% or 9.00 credits in each term. If you are an undergraduate student with a permanent disability, you are considered full-time if you are registered in a course load of at least 40% or 6.00 credits in each term.

Fees that apply, include:

  • Program Enrollment Fee – $200
  • Work Term Fee: $475 (every 4 months of work)

Yes, your work terms will be reflected on your transcript via 0.00 credit pass/fail course

Biophysics:

  • SC/BPHS 3900 0.00
  • Enroll in this course every 4 months
  • For example, if your work term is taking place over Fall & Winter, you will enroll in SC/BPHS 3900 0.00 in September and again in January

Physics & Astronomy:

  • SC/PHYS 3900 0.00
  • Enroll in this course every 4 months
  • For example, if your work term is taking place over Fall & Winter, you will enroll in SC/PHYS 3900 0.00 in September and again in January

Mathematics & Statistics:

  • SC/MATH 3901 0.00, SC/MATH 3902 0.00, SC/MATH 3903 0.00, SC/MATH 3904 0.00
  • Each work term course represents 4 months of work.
  • For example, if your work term is for 4 months, you will only enroll in SC/MATH 3901 0.00. If your work term is 8 months, you will enroll in SC/MATH 3901 0.00 and SC/MATH 3902 0.00. If your work term is 12 months, you will enroll in SC/MATH 3901 0.00, SC/MATH 3902 0.00, and SC/MATH 3903 0.00. Lastly, if you choose to work for 16 months, the maximum amount of time allowed for an internship, you will enroll in all 4 courses listed above.