"Enrolling in the Western Science Internship program was probably one of the best decisions I made in my undergrad. It gave me much needed work experience, a network of contacts for when I graduate, and a taste for what a career in science is really like."
Ryan Vanderkruk, BMSc Intern, Sanofi Pasteur
As part of the Science Internship Program, 3rd year students may be eligible to participate in 8 - 16 month career-related placements, before returning to Western to complete their final year, Year 4, of their program.
As a Science intern, you will not only benefit from the paid hands-on work experience, but you will also be mentored by a professional in the field. While working, you will have access to the most up-to-date techniques and equipment. This interaction will help identify long-term goals, as well as allow you to "try a career on for size".
While acquiring valuable work experience, you will obtain first-hand knowledge of available career options, which will help you identify future plans. In a number of cases, Internship placements have led to full-time employment upon graduation, while in other instances Interns have made valuable contacts who have then helped the students to secure employment at a later date.
The average annual salaries last year were as follows: