Students & New Graduates

I’m Looking for a Co-Op or Internship

Interested in a career in shipbuilding, but unsure of where to begin? Our co-op & internship programs are ideal places to start. With the mentoring and guidance of industry professionals, Irving Shipbuilding provides the support needed to begin your journey to your new career.

Explore Your Future

Co-op & Internship Opportunities

Co-operative education roles and internships are just two of the ways that Irving Shipbuilding is enabling access for those interested in a career in shipbuilding.

Recent Graduates

Recent graduates have an opportunity to contribute to a career defining project building the Royal Canadian Navy’s current and future fleets.

Co-op & Internship Opportunities

Irving Shipbuilding believes in the value of on-the-job learning and is committed to providing those
opportunities for the shipbuilders of tomorrow.

We are proud to have co-ops and interns working & learning in a variety of important roles, including
finance, legal, IT, supply chain, engineering, electrical, engineering technology (industrial),
communications, metal fabrication, pipefitting, and welding.

From Student To Shipbuilder

From Student to Shipbuilder, Meet Justin Drapeau

Justin Drapeau was just looking for a new learning experience for the summer. The Dalhousie University grad joined the Integrated Data Environment (IDE) team, part of the effort that is building Canada’s new naval fleet, for a co-op term. Justin quickly saw the scope of knowledge involved in the team’s important work and eagerly embraced his studies. At the end of the summer, Justin was offered permanent employment upon graduation. Justin says that he is “so grateful for the opportunity to work in an environment which both challenges me and allows me to continue learning as I progress in my career.”

University Students At Irving

University Students at Irving Shipbuilding

Work in a fast-paced work environment that offers challenging, high-profile work and exciting projects. Receive direct support and coaching from a dedicated Program Coordinator and the
many shipbuilding professionals you will work with. Experience continuous learning and development opportunities through on the job training and other professional development opportunities. Gain exposure to Irving Shipbuilding leaders and build professional relationships by participating in networking opportunities and social engagements through our Young Professional Network.


Gain world-class experience working in an exciting and rewarding co-op placement building ships for Canada. With the mentoring and guidance of industry professionals, Irving Shipbuilding provides the support needed to begin your journey to your new career.


Participate in a two-year development opportunity for newly graduated engineering or business students that offers you a deep exposure to different areas of Irving Shipbuilding through four six-month rotations across our business to prepare you for a career with Irving Shipbuilding.

Co-op Student Hiring - Timelines

Term Term Dates Posting Dates
Summer May-August January
Fall September-December May
Winter January-April September

Intern Hiring - Timelines

Term Term Dates Posting Dates
5 Week Work Terms (NSCC) April September
Summer Work Terms May-August January
Winter January-April September
Nick Crews, Jr Engineer
My favorite part about being an engineer working at ISI is the fast paced, constantly changing environment where every day is different. I also like how many options there are at ISI to mold your career into any number of different areas and roles to suit your interests and passions
Nick Crews, Jr Engineer

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