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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Tyra Gordon

Tyra Gordon

 

Employer

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Position

Technical Co-op Student

Type

Internship

Duration

15 months

Program

Nuclear Engineering & Mgmt.

Would you return to this employer?

Yes

Would you recommend your employer?

Yes

Would you return to a similar position?

Yes

 

Did you always know you wanted to do a co-op/ internship?

Yes.

Did you have any concerns or hesitations before you started?

Living away from home for the first time.

What were your expectations?

I wanted to learn and see how what I’m learning in undergrad, can be applied to the industry.

How did your experience compare with your expectations?

I was presented with many opportunities to learn and grow. I also have/had the pleasure of working with great mentors.

Did you enjoy your experience?

Yes.

What were your tasks and responsibilities?

My co-op has rotations so the work you do, depends on the division you are in. Some of the things I have done are: written a paper for a conference, contributed to an international project and updated the database for the projects, helped develop a tool to help analyze licensee documents, worked on procedure for compliance verification, and participated in inspections at nuclear power plants.

What was the work atmosphere like?

It depends on the division your are in. Overall, people are friendly, supportive, and it is a positive environment.

Did you receive any additional training and/or opportunities?

Yes.

What advice would you offer to students that want to pursue a co-op/internship?

Look for a co-op that is the right fit for you. If you are unsure of exactly what you want, I recommend taking a co-op that has rotations.