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Internships at the Master's level

The Master of Science (MSc) program offers two types of internship:

Preparation

You must have completed at least 12 course credits in order to register for the supervised project.

There are five ways to do this supervised project:

Within an organization At the university
  • Intervention mandate
  • Large-scale cas study
  • Specific research mandate
  • Expert opinion
  • Entrepreneurial project

The definition of each type of supervised project, the nature and the requirements are specified in the summary guidelines.

Approval

You must have the subject of your supervised project approved before completing 36 course credits. Once you have obtained all the required approvals, your program administration will register you.

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Step 1: Ethics approval

In co-operation with your project director, evaluate the nature of your project to determine whether the approval of the Research Ethics Board (REB) is needed:

Complete the questionnaire to see whether you need to submit your project to the CER. 

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Step 2: Confidentiality agreement (projects in an organization)

The organization where you are carrying out your supervised project may require that you sign a confidentiality agreement. If so, you can use this model agreement specially designed for students in the Master’s program.

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Step 3: Approval and completion of the supervised project

  1. Complete the Approval of a supervised project form.
  2. Do not begin your project before it has been approved.

The program administration will register you once and only once, and that for the term when your project begins. You will then have until the end of the following term to complete the project and submit your report.

Writing

You would like to write your supervised project report in English? Justify your demand directly in your Approval of a supervised project form. This approval is automatic for specializations in English.

Final submission

The submission process, the evaluation of your report and the graduation process can take up to 10 weeks. Please take this into consideration if you need to renew a study permit, submit a post-diploma permit application or confirm your attendance at convocation.

Term of submission  Winter 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Deadlines Extension until June 15, 2020 Extension until September 11, 2020 December 11, 2020

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Step 1: Final submission (online)

To submit the final version of your supervised project report, you must sign in to the Submission Of A Master’s Level Work portal by clicking on "Authentication HEC" and using your HEC Montréal ID number and password.

First, make sure you have the following documents if your research topic required a collection of data from human subjects (by interview, questionnaire or other media), or consultation of documents or databases concerning human subjects that are not in the public domain:

  • the Ethics Approval Certificate from the REB and
  • the Attestation of completed ethics approval form issued by the REB.
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Step 2: Evaluation

Under article 3.4.1 of the academic rules and regulations, the jury may:

  1. Accept the report and evaluate it according to the letter-grade system;
  2. Return it to the student and ask for major corrections to be made. In this case, the corrected report must be submitted by the student for final evaluation by the jury within one month of the date when the student was informed of the decision;
  3. Reject the report.

Guides and tools

To carry out an internship at the end of your studies, you must:  

  • have completed your MSc in the past 12 months or less or be in the process of earning your degree (coursework completed and initial version of your thesis or supervised project report submitted);
  • start your internship within 12 months of completing your program;
  • carry out a 6-month internship (or internships of a cumulative length of 6 months, within 2 terms);
  • be registered for the “End of studies internship” (3 non-program credits) and pay the related tuition fees (including extra fees);
  • follow the administrative procedures for finding an internship, registration, and declaring the completion of your internship.

Finding an internship

You are responsible for finding an internship position. However, the School offers different resources to help you:

Registration

Submit the Course-project registration form on HEC en ligne, by selecting “Submit documents” and then “Project course/Internship/Workshop”.

 

End of internship declaration

Upon completing your internship, you must submit the following documents to your program administration (suite 5.450 in the Côte-Ste-Catherine building or by email):

To be eligible for a non-program MITACS internship, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Have completed at least 30 course credits in your supervised project stream and have completed your supervised project
    OR
    Have completed at least 15 course credits for your thesis stream
  • Be a student and either a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 internship credits and pay the related tuition fees
  • Be a full-time student
    • Supervised project stream: Enrol in a 3-credit course at the same time to obtain the status

Conditions

Length of the internship:  The internship must not last longer than one term. Extensions are not possible.
Dates of the internship:  The start and end dates must coincide with the School’s terms.
Number of internships:  Students are only allowed to do one non-program internship.

Enrolment

You must submit the project-course or internship enrolment form (in French only) and proof of MITACS approval in HEC en ligne, under Submit documents > File type > Project course/Internship/Workshop.

Internship report

At least one year before the end of your internship, you must submit all of the required components to your professor. Your final mark will either state "requirements satisfied" or "failed".



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