Internship & Exchanges


Students entering Year 3 of the Honors Specialization in Neuroscience are encouraged to enhance their undergraduate experience by participating in the Science/Basic Medical Science Internship Program.  Students approved for participation in the Internship Program register in Science 3391 for which they will receive 1.0 credit (Pass/Fail) upon successful completion of the internship and all other mandatory components.  Students will attend a series of workshops, etc. during their third year and apply for one or more of the internship positions posted during the year.  If offered a position, students will work for 8-16 months and then return to Western to complete Year 4 of their BMSc degree. 

Each student who accepts an Internship placement should submit an Intent to Register for the next school year, even though they will be on a placement. If accepted into Year 4 of an Honors Specialization module for the next school year, a spot will be held for the student for their return to Western the following year. While on the Internship placement, students will need to submit an Intent to Register to confirm their return to Western for the following year.

International Exchange Program

Students should follows these steps, if interested in an International Exchange:

  1. Review the information on the International Learning - Exchange website.
  2. Contact the BMSUE Coordinator (Kathy Boon) to discuss how an exchange will impact your progression through the Neuroscience program.
  3. After meeting with the BMSUE Coordinator, consult departmental counsellors to have the courses at the exchange institution evaluated to see which school(s) might be a good fit for you. Review the information about Course Evaluations and Equivalencies for more details.
  4. Submit your application for exchange and select the BMSUE Coordinator (Kathy Boon) to submit your Academic Reference.
  5. After you have been accepted for the exchange, you will need to complete a Course Approvals Form. Once departmental representatives have evaluated the courses you intend to take, the BMSUE Coordinator (Kathy Boon) will finalize your Course Approvals Form.
  6. Please Note:  It may be challenging to find equivalent courses for this module at exchange institutions as some courses, e.g. Neuroscience 3000F/G, may be unique to Western. Although the exchange opportunity is available for students, it may require the completion of an additional year to satisfy the modular requirements for the Honors Specialization in Neuroscience.

Upon arrival at the exchange institution, students occasionally find it necessary to revise their course selection. Students should contact the BMSUE Coordinator if they find themselves in this situation and new courses will be evaluated/approved by sending information back to the BMSUE Coordinator and not directly to departments offering the Western courses.