Letters to the Editor

Co-op Education

Re: “Queen’s trails the rest”

Dear Editors,

In Tuesday’s Journal, you ran an editorial calling on Queen’s to create a co-op program similar to that of Waterloo.

Queen’s already has an undergraduate internship/co-op program — QUIP (Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program) — that serves the engineering, commerce and arts/science departments.

Having gone through this program myself and worked with students from other schools in the process, I can assure you that the professional positions offered by QUIP are vastly superior to the 4-month student placements offered by Waterloo and many others. A 4-month student is an assistant to work on drawings and reload the printer; a QUIP student becomes an integral and essential part of the project team. QUIP positions are well paid and are available in many industries across many cities, including Kingston.

The Journal would be wise to inquire at the relevant campus offices (Career Services, in this case) before calling on the school to create programs that duplicate those it already has. CS does an excellent job of administering QUIP at minimal cost to the university.

Sincerely,

Matthew Marsh, MSc

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