Partway through their undergraduate degree, U of T Engineering students have the option to participate in the Professional Experience Year (PEY) Program, the largest paid internship program in the country. Now in its 36th year, PEY is a full-time engineering job that lasts 12 to 16 months, giving students enough time to become involved in large-scale projects, build relationships with employers, and reach professional milestones. PEY goes far beyond a traditional student work experience program, where placements usually last just one term — just about the length of a summer job and barely enough time to learn the ropes.
Those who participate in this optional program make industry contacts, gain valuable career skills and significant professional experience before graduation. PEY also provides a strong practical foundation for individuals who are interested in completing graduate studies. Students register for PEY in their 2nd or 3rd year of study and complete their internship during the following academic year. In 2015-16, the average salary for EngSci students in PEY was $57,000. Some of our past out-of-province and international placements have been in Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Belgium, Chile, India, Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, United States, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Singapore and Indonesia.
Learn about the experiences of students in PEY: