Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?
Any High School Students (grades 10, 11 & 12) are eligible for the High School Internship Program.

Typically, there is a preference towards Grade 11 students, students with a background in mathematics or computing, or students with a strong curiosity about computing.

What hours will I have to work?
In most cases you will be required to be in the lab normal working hours, e.g. 9-5.  Some supervisors might permit some flexibility in this schedule, but when you apply you should be prepared to work these hours.

How does selection for the High School Internship Program work?
It is important to us that you are well-suited to the project you are working on, and therefore we consider the grades, nomination letters and letters of intent together to determine the best fit for each project.

Is there a specific course grade or average I need to be accepted into the High School Internship Program?
No. We do not list any specific grade requirements for the High School Internship Program because admission is based on many aspects of your application, including you interests, letter of intent and teacher nomination letter. It also varies greatly due to the number of applicants each year and the specific needs of each project. It is possible that someone with lower grades but an excellent letter of intent gets the position over someone with higher grades.

What courses should I include in my online application?
The classes we typically want the grades for are Math, Computing Studies, and the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) that you have already completed. If you are in another class that you feel would be relevant to your application, feel free to include it.

Do you require a transcript from my school?
No. The only information we need is a brief summary of your completed classes in the online application.

What is the "Letter of Nomination"? Is there a form my teacher needs to fill out?
There is no specific form for the teacher. The Letter of Nomination is a short letter from your teacher explaining what classes they teach you in, their experiences with you in class, and why they believe you would be well suited for an internship.

What is the "Letter of Intent"?
The Letter of Intent is a short letter outlining your computing experience as well as some information about you.  Things you might want to include are:

  • Any experience with Computing Science (e.g. classes, summer camps, self-taught knowledge).
  • Your personal interests and hobbies.
  • Your favourite classes in school.
  • The reasons why you want to take part in the High School Internship Program.

Can I still apply if I've graduated High School but won't be going to University right away?
Sorry - applications are restricted to students who are currently in grade 10, 11 or 12 at the time of application.

If I am going to be away for part of the designated time frame, can I still participate?
Unfortunately, no. The High School Internship Program is specially organized to run during a designated timeframe, so you must be able to work weekdays for the entirety of the 6 weeks indicated. This is so end dates can be coordinated, as HIP students will participate in a poster session at the end of their work term as a way of sharing their experiences.