CISCO Systems Graduate Internship Program

CISCO Systems has begun a new research program with the University of Waterloo. This program will support a number of MASc students on an ongoing basis. The internships will be supported by CISCO Canada in conjunction with the NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship (IPS1) program (currently valued at $21,000 per year for a maximum of 2 years).

On an annual basis, CISCO will support a number of research projects in conjunction with faculty members at the University of Waterloo. The interns will be associated with one of these research projects and will work closely with the faculty members involved as well as with supervisors from CISCO.

Successful applicants to the program will spend the first 8 months (Fall and Winter terms) completing their course requirements as well as initial research on one of the CISCO sponsored research projects. In the Spring term, the successful applicants will spend a 5 month paid internship (at the current rate of approximately $61,000 per year) at CISCO San Jose, California. During this time they will be conducting research on their project area.

At the end of September, 13 months after the start of their program, they will return to Waterloo to complete their degree requirements and to act as mentors for the next group of interns.

Upon completion of their degree requirements, it is anticipated that many of the interns will be offered full time positions at CISCO. It is also anticipated, that offers will be made at an accelerated job level.


Applicants to the Internship program must first apply to either the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the David Cheriton School of Computer Science and must meet the admission requirements.

If an offer of admission given the student may then apply to the CISCO Internship program.

Admission to the program is conditional on the successful application to the NSERC IPS1 program.

In addition, the program is limited to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada or others who are eligible to obtain unrestricted work visas in the United States.

Students interested in the program should contact Prof. G. Agnew (email) or Prof. Ian Munro (email). Please have a full academic and work CV ready if you are interested.