Capstone projects

We're looking for real-world challenges facing businesses like yours to provide our students with a problem to address as part of a capstone project.

During the project, our students will meet and discuss the challenges and solutions with you, and in some cases, provide you with a formal presentation on their proposed solution or findings.

Contact the applicable school if you have a project idea for students.

We're looking for industry-sponsored capstone project ideas for students in the following energy and environment programs:

Capstones are a comprehensive exercise that requires students, usually in their fourth semester, to work in groups to develop and finalize formal reports and presentations that solve industry problems.

Do you have a potential capstone project topic for our students?

Contact macphail.industry@sait.ca for more information. 

Capstone projects combine all the technical skills and hands-on experience our students have acquired during their program. This practical and innovative project allows students to tackle an open-ended problem.

Do you have a potential capstone project topic for our students?

Contact business.advising@sait.ca for more information. 

Duration: Four to eight months, unpaid
Student availability: January, May and September of every year

Work collaboratively with students in their final semester. You will work with students in a client role as they find solutions to your business needs or complete an ongoing project for your team.

Do you have a potential capstone project topic for our students?

Participating in a capstone project involves a small time commitment from organizations. Clients should be invested in the proposed topic, and it should be relevant to the school’s disciplines.

Companies should specify their ability to share information and whether a non-disclosure agreement would be required.

Submit a proposal

Practicums

A practicum is a structured work-term experience of a year or less, occurring after the student has completed at least one academic term of study and directly related to the student’s program of study.

Students may or may not be paid. The student receives a letter grade. This grade is included in the student’s grade point average calculation and appears on the student’s transcript. This term is often used interchangeably with “internship.”

Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring our students for a practicum placement:

  • They make highly motivated, innovative employees ready and eager to contribute to your company’s growth.
  • They can handle challenging job assignments and produce a high quantity and quality of work.
  • You can assess and recruit potential employees with training specific to your organization.
  • Your participation in our practicums enhances your organization’s image, paving the way for other forms of collaboration.
  • Students often have industry experience before their SAIT studies and can put that knowledge and relevant SAIT training to work for your company.

Practicums are also ideal for supporting short- and medium-term projects.

Duration: Minimum eight weeks
Student availability: Please contact  for more information

Students in the following programs participate in practicum placements and are looking for opportunities.

Do you have practicum opportunities for our students? 

Contact macphail.industry@sait.ca for more information. 

Duration: Minimum eight weeks (320 hours), paid or unpaid
Student availability: Year-round

Grow your talent pipeline and increase awareness of your company as a top employer with SAIT’s practicum opportunities. Contribute to a student’s learning by having them contribute to your organization longer term.

Do you have practicum opportunities for our students? 

Contact sadt.wil@sait.ca for more information. 

Duration: Minimum eight weeks
Student availability: Please contact us for more information

Students in the following programs participate in practicums and are looking for opportunities.

Do you have practicum opportunities for our students? 

Contact business.advising@sait.ca for more information. 

Duration: Minimum eight weeks
Student availability: Please contact us for more information

Students in the following programs participate in practicums and are looking for opportunities.

Do you have practicum opportunities for our students? 

Contact hospitality.info@sait.ca for more information. 

Performance evaluation for current internship students

At the end of the internship work term period, you'll need to complete the following evaluation and discuss your comments with the student. The student must complete the required number of hours between May and August, and achieve an acceptable level of performance to receive credit for their practicum program. If the overall level of performance of the intern is considered marginal or unsatisfactory, a representative of the internship program will contact the employer for clarification and a specific understanding of the issues.

internship program will contact the employer for clarification and a specific understanding of the issues.

Performance evaluation form*

*Please download and print a copy of the performance evaluation form to submit.

Over the years, we have taken SAIT students on for practicums, and when there’s a good fit and the right opportunity, we have kept them on after they have completed their schooling. They have helped our team grow and bring innovation to our work.

Bryan Waller, Associate, Golder

Co-op

Source qualified and eager team members through SAIT’s co-op opportunities. Work in partnership with students looking to gain industry experience.

Duration: Minimum of four months or 420 hours in a 15-week period, paid.
Student availability: January, May and September of every year

Source qualified and eager team members through SAIT’s co-op opportunities. Work in partnership with students looking to gain industry experience

Do you have co-op opportunities for our students? 

Contact sadt.wil@sait.ca for more information. 

Additional opportunities

Additional work-integrated learning opportunities are available for the following industries. 

To learn more about SAIT’s work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities and how you can connect with our students in the classroom, contact our Work Integrated Learning Liaison, Lara Schuelke, at lara.schuelke@sait.ca.