Cover of The Co-op Intership Experience in Science and Engineering: Perspectives of Women Student and Advisors book

How do women students in male-dominated fields such as science and engineering perceive their internship experiences?

Based on a study of women undergraduate students and advisors, this text aims to answer this question by addressing several themes such as women’s under-representation as well as positive aspects and challenges experienced during internships.­

The text concludes with recommendations to help ensure that women students have a positive internship experience.

What's in the book:

Key research findings

Women students’ quotes in science and engineering (SE)

Illustrations to contextualize the quotes

Recommendations to provide positive internship experiences

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A book to improve
women representation
science and engineering

Research shows that the problem of women’s underrepresentation in SE is the result of many factors such as the influence of gender stereotypes and social belonging, the effects of family and peer environment, low exposure to female scientific role models, or girls’ and boys’ representations of science and engineering and associated careers.

The question now arises: What role does the co-op internship experience play in addressing the underrepresentation of women in SE?

A book for employers, human resources, internship and placement services.


The Chair is grateful to Université de Sherbrooke and all women students in the engineering and science faculties, as well as the advisors with the Service des stages et du développement professionnel, for their participation in the research project.

Thank you to the Secrétariat à la condition féminine for supporting our book’s publication.

Thanks also to the NSERC National Network of Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering for helping to make our book available in English.

We also acknowledge the contribution of our other funding partners:

With the financial contribution of

Gouvernement du Québec