Professional Experience Year (PEY): Kickstart your career

What if you could graduate with a job offer already in hand? What if that job paid you 15 per cent more than most other new engineering graduates?

more than a co-op. professional experience year.

Lejla Bajic, senior manager of systems engineering at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., directs PEY intern Houssam Abou El Hoda.

That’s just the start of what you can expect from U of T Engineering’s Professional Experience Year (PEY), the largest optional paid internship program of its kind in Canada.

Through your optional PEY internship, you can:

  • Earn a competitive salary (average: more than $50,000 per year)
  • Work anywhere in the world, from Seoul to San Francisco
  • Gain valuable experience, contacts and networking opportunities before you finish your degree

 

Check out the top 10 reasons students are choosing PEY.

“For me there was no waiting period; from the first day I was in the thick of it.” — Adam Di Biasi, Mechanical Engineering student who spent his PEY at Tesla in California

Tailor-made for you

Your career is unique, so why should PEY be any different? Customize your experience in any or all of the following ways:

Timing: Choose to participate in the PEY internship program after second or third year. Once your internship is complete, you’ll return to school to finish your degree, often with a job offer in hand.mapsmall

Location: Make local connections by working in Toronto, or gain international experience with a placement abroad. Nearly one in 10 PEY students work outside of Canada.

Employer and Industry: Whether you want to work for a local startup like Wattpad, a large multinational company like Shell, or a leading-edge research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PEY has got you covered. There are more than 1,500 positions available from more than 300 employers, including Apple, Tesla and Google.

Duration: PEY internships typically last for 12 to 16 months. During this time, you’ll be treated like a full-time employee and have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to your company, and focus on your placement without having to switch between work and school each semester. Even better, your experience can be applied towards a P.Eng. designation from Professional Engineers Ontario, meaning you’ll have a head start on earning your professional engineering license after graduation.

Options: Participating in PEY is optional, so you can focus exclusively on your studies if that’s what works for you. More than two-thirds of U of T Engineering students choose to participate and gain experience in their field.

“Working for a full year rather than a four-month summer term allowed me to make an important and meaningful contribution.” — Paige Clarke, Mineral Engineering student who spent her PEY at Vale Canada Inc.

 

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PEY Quick Facts

  • PEY has existed for nearly 40 years, and has established strong relationships with leading industry partners. Many employers hire primarily, or exclusively, through U of T Engineering’s PEY internship program.banksmall
  • The average annual salary in 2015-2016 was more than $50,000; the highest was $104,000.
  • More than half of PEY students receive a job offer before they graduate. Exit surveys show that they are able to negotiate a starting salary that is 15 per cent higher than other new engineering graduates.

“The calibre of PEY students that join us is incredible. The students that we hire are not only top of their class from a technical perspective, but they are also very creative, great communicators and ready to take on any challenge.” — Coby Segall, Electrical Engineering alumnus and PEY employer, Zebra Technologies