Some students would like to gain valuable paid practical experiences during their degree studies. In Computer Science at McGill there are two good ways to do this.
The IYS ( Internship Year in Science ) is a paid 8, 12 or 16 month internship available to B.Sc. students. It is a career-related, professionally supervised, paid work term which allows you to experience firsthand the current practices and technologies in business and industry. If you prefer a shorter period, there is also an option of completing a 4-month Industrical Practicum.
The IYS program and the Industrial Practicum courses offer you the chance to test your career goals, gain confidence and experience and to return to your studies more focused, with a sense of where your academic careers might lead. Due to the longer work term, employers tend to assign IYS interns to significant projects which can be seen through from start to finish.
If you complete an IYS internship then this will be recognized by adding the clause "Internship Option" to your degree. So, a degree "Major in Computer Science" would become "Major in Computer Science - Internship Option".
Some students find an internship rather long, and would prefer a shorter work experience that might fit into the summer term. The Industrial Practicum works well for this situation. It is a 4-month work term. If you complete an Industrial Practicum you will have this recognized by having a 0-credit course called "Industrial Practicum" added to your transcript.
For more information about IYS internships and Industrial Practicum's please refer to the Faculty of Science Internship Web Page