CPS400 - CPS Internship Course

Chemical and Physical Sciences Internship course (CPS400Y5)

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Application packages for CPS400Y5 will be accepted between February 01 and April 01, 2024.

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Course Description

This internship opportunity will allow students to apply theoretical and practical skills acquired during their undergraduate education in order to gain vital industry experience. Students will be trained in effective job searching skills (writing a CV and a Cover Letter, participating in job interviews) and will gain valuable experiences that are sought after by employers in both public and private sectors. Students will be placed with various employers in the GTA based on their interest and skill set, and on the employer needs and availability. The placement is a 200h unpaid internship. The Course Coordinator /Instructor(s) will schedule biweekly meetings to discuss the setup and progress of the student projects. Student attendance is mandatory. At the end of the term, students must submit a written report and prepare an oral presentation about the outcomes of their work experience. In order to be considered for the internship, students must apply for the course. The Course Coordinator will approve enrolment in the course based on the number of internship opportunities available, which will vary from year-to-year, and student qualifications (e.g. GPA, experience, qualifications related to the requirements of the available placement(s), and interview performance).

Exclusion: none


For Chemistry Internships: (CHM372H5 or CHM394H5 or CHM396H5) and an additional 1.0 credit from any 300/400 level CHM/JCP/JCB/BCH/FSC courses. 
For Earth Science/Geology Internships: ERS301H5 and ERS303H5 and an additional 1.0 credit from any 300/400 level courses.
For Physics Internships: PHY324H5 and PHY347H5 and an additional 1.0 credit from any 300 or 400 level PHY/JCP courses.


Students must be in their fourth year of study and registered in one of following Programs: Chemistry Major, Chemistry Specialist, Biological Chemistry Specialist, Earth Science Major, Earth Science Specialist, Physics Major, Biomedical Physics Specialist.

Recommended Preparation

For Chemistry Internships: CHM373H5 or CHM395H5 or CHM397H5.
For Earth Science & Geology Internships: ERS302H5 and ERS311H5 and ERS401H5.
For Physics Internships: PHY325H5 and PHY332H5 and PHY333H5.


Not all candidates who apply will be accepted into CPS400Y5Y. Preliminary acceptance into the course is based upon a successful application package and a successful interview with the Course Coordinator(s). Best efforts are made to place students at sites that are appropriate to their academic backgrounds, interests, and experiences, but there are no guarantees as to the type of placement that is provided. Students will be asked to attend an interview with their provided placement site supervisors prior to beginning their placement work. Final acceptance into the course is dependent on the official acceptance of a student as an intern with a placement site.

The course requires 200 placement hours, which equates to one day of placement work per week. Placements can be remote, in-person, or hybrid dependent on Government and University policies, rules, and regulations instituted in response to COVID-19. Placement hours are to occur within regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm). Successfully accepted CPS400Y5 student interns must plan their course timetable to allow for 8-10 hours of placement work per week throughout the academic year.

It is highly recommended that international students who are interested in applying for CPS400 visit the UTM International Education Centre (IEC) to determine any parameters regarding eligibility for participating in placement work for academic internship courses.

CPS Internship Application Instructions:

  1. Complete the application form. Please keep the front page attached to your submission.
  2. Submit the application form and your resume by email to the CPS Undergrad Administrative Assistant: cpsug.utm@utoronto.ca by the application deadline: Monday, April 01, 2024 by 5PM.