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3 Students



You’ll join two other talented CO-OP students to form a team that experiments and innovates with modern technology.

1 Project



As a team, you’ll develop an experimental product from idea to release.

4 Months



You’ll be mentored and helped along the way and will demo your product to management at the end of your 16-week internship.

CDH Studio

The format of this 16-week internship program acts as a sandbox for talented and innovative students like you to reach their full potential. Teams of 3 students work independently on an experimental project for a project sponsor through our CDH Studio.

Spread The Word

ISED is an exciting place to work! CDH Studio offers you a chance to work for a leading government department providing you insight into the interesting work being done in ISED to support Canadian industry. Stop testing in your CO-OP term and come and show the world what you can do.

Experiment

We are living in a constant state of change with new technology emerging every day. The CDH Studio will be a sandbox for students to play with new technology and an opportunity for students to gain insight into emerging technology.

Mentorship

Your team will be paired with volunteer mentors allowing you to learn and grow together.

ISED

CDH Studio is an elite internship program organized by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). ISED works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

CDH Studio is located at ISED HQ inside Ottawa's iconic C.D. Howe Building.



Ottawa

C.D. Howe

CDH is named after influential Canadian politician and engineer, C.D. Howe. During his time in office, he modernized many Canadian industries and took part in establishing Canadian icons such as CBC and Air Canada. We hope to bring his inspiration, drive, and innovation to our projects and students.

C.D. Howe

The Project

Approach

You will work in a team to propose and implement an idea to solve a real business issue provided, within the four month period.

Interns will be responsible for scoping their project, building it from scratch, and working with sponsor stakeholders, and mentors along the way

The team will develop and showcase working features in two week iterations and showcase their final product to the project sponsor, the executive team, and other full-time employees at the end of the internship.

Timeline

The proposed timeline of the project will be as follows:

  • Week 1: Pick a Project

    You’ll work with your team to select a project related to innovation and cutting edge technology

  • Week 2-3: Propose Your Project

    Students prepare a project proposal that

    • describes the idea and/or problem you’re trying to solve
    • identifies potential users
    • divide out tasks and responsibilities
    • plan 2-week sprints
  • Week 4-14: Delivery

    You’ll work as a Scrum team to collaboratively build, test, and iterate your idea. You’ll communicate daily with your team and mentor.

  • Week 15-16: Present Your Solution

    You'll prepare a formal presentation and present your solution to the management team.

    We’ll expect you to

    • answer questions
    • defend your choices
    • tell us what you've learned
  • All Done!



You’ll head back to school or into the workplace with real-world experience building and releasing something from the ground up. You’ll also have an opportunity to impress managers at a leading government department.

Eligibility

Essential Criteria


Full-time student registered in a post-secondary CO-OP/internship program

In Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Management Information Systems, or another technical programs

Experience in programming from previous jobs or side projects

You’ll fit in if you have:

  • leadership skills
  • strong teamwork skills
  • an understanding of user needs
  • passion for the latest tech and learning
  • the ability to learn quickly
  • excellent oral and written communication
  • the ability to work independently

Location: 235 Queen Street, Ottawa

How to apply?

Please apply through your university coop office.

If you are not able to find us through your coop office then please get in touch.

Our Students

Meet our talented group of students

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Kathryn Thornley

Kathryn Thornley

Computer Science CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Rizvi Rab

Sukhu Sekhon

Computer Science CO-OP

University of Ottawa

UpSkill

An improved directory and employee search tool

Project Website
Mamadou Bah

Mamadou Bah

Computer Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Rizvi Rab

Rizvi Rab

Software Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Trevor Bivi

Trevor Bivi

Software Eng. CO-OP

Carleton University

TC-Central

Centralized platform to create and track work plans

Project Website
Vincent Madore Charron

Vincent Madore Charron

Software Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Ray Moulton

Ray Moulton

Computer Programmer CO-OP

Algonquin College
Diedrick Ngendahayo

Diedrick Ngendahayo

Software Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa

Skillhub

Employee Skills Discovery Platform

Project Website
Devin Sit

Devin Sit

Software Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Joshua Gorman

Joshua Gorman

Computer Science CO-OP

Carleton University
Bhalachandra Malghan

Bhalachandra Malghan

Computer Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa

ScreenDoor

AI Assistant Recruitment Tool

Project Website
Sam Heaton

Sam Heaton

Computer Prog. CO-OP

Algonquin College
Jared Ridyard

Jared Ridyard

Computer Science CO-OP

Carleton University
Naman Sethi

Naman Sethi

Software Eng. CO-OP

Carleton University

Kalend

AI-Powered Student Calendar Planner

Project Website
Marie-Ève Legault

Marie-Ève Legault

Software Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Benoît Jeaurond

Benoît Jeaurond

Software Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Fahad Hayat

Fahad Hayat

Computer Science CO-OP

Carleton University

Jasper

Meeting Room Booking system

Project Website
Majd Khodr

Majd Khodr

Software Eng. CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Peter Lam

Peter Lam

Computer Science CO-OP

University of Ottawa
Yunwei Li

Yunwei Li

Software Eng. CO-OP

Carleton University

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