Frequently Asked Questions


How will PEY benefit me?

  • Your employer pays you a salary — $50,000 a year on average. In 2015, the highest salary earned was $104,000.
  • You’ll work at one company or organization where you’ll be treated as an engineering professional.
  • You’ll take on meaningful tasks while working on projects from start to finish.
  • You’ll take on more challenging responsibilities as you grow with the job.
  • Many companies use PEY to ‘audition’ future hires.
  • 70 per cent of PEY students return to school with a job offer.
  • PEY internships are less disruption than a four-month co-op; you don’t have to move in and out every few months.
  • It complements your studies, giving you the opportunity to put your studies to practice.
  • You can try out one type of job or field before you invest in it as a career.
  • It’s a great opportunity to network and make industry contacts.
  • If you choose a PEY internship opportunity in another country, it will give you global experience – adding considerable value to your resume.
  • It gives you confidence that you can apply your knowledge, skills and experience in the real world.


How does PEY work?

Many students choose do to their PEY internships after their third year of study. In this scenario, after your internship is complete, you would come back to school to finish your fourth year at U of T Engineering. The Engineering Career Centre works closely with students before and during the internship. The Centre’s staff begin working with students well before their internship begins, guiding students in identifying companies that are the right fit and creating strong applications and resumes that employers will notice. During your PEY placement, the Engineering Career Centre offers professional support to both employers and students on issues relating to students’ performance.


What do students do on a PEY?

PEY goes far beyond a traditional work experience program, where jobs usually last four months — just about the length of a summer job and barely enough time to learn the ropes. PEY helps you understand the practical side of your studies, gives you insight into your own interests and helps you develop your skills as an engineer. You’ll be treated as a professional, working with diverse teams and responsible for managing and spearheading key projects.


Watch students describe what they did during PEY:


Are there other ways to get work experience?

While more than half of our students choose to go on PEY, many opt to explore their career options in other ways. Engineering Summer Internship Program (eSIP) eSIP is a four-month summer internship opportunity designed to give students a taste of working in a company or organization. Students can participate in both an eSIP placement and a PEY placement if they wish. Like students on PEY internship, eSIP students also earn as they work. For further information on the program details and requirements, please visit the eSIP website.

Engineering students can also apply to a variety of summer research opportunities. As a valuable member of a research team, you’ll gain hands-on experience while making great connections with your professors and other researchers around the world. Even better, your name could appear on a groundbreaking research paper. Imagine the excitement of working alongside engineers who are shaping the future of the profession — and perhaps the world. Read more about summer research.