Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the ISSP program. You can also check out the ISSP Intro Video. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, feel free to contact us.

What kind of skills should I expect the students to have?

Students in the following programs undertake ISSP projects. Depending on the ISSP Option Term, some students have completed their programs while others are still in their learning process -- some students learn and apply their skills in the projects simultaneously. For student skills and specializations, see the following program matrices:


When do the projects start and what is their duration?

The ISSP program runs three times a year: in September, January, and April. There are a variety of durations depending on the program the students are in. Please see the ISSP options table to get a better idea.


How do I know if my project is suitable for this program?

Any IT and software development projects are welcome for consideration. Projects for Proof-of-concept, engineering or research development are also suitable. See also the list of project areas. However, consider there is no guarantee on when/if a project will be selected or on the success of the project, time sensitive or mission critical projects might not be suitable.


How do I improve the chances of my project being selected?

Students tend to select projects that have appropriate scope and well-defined, achievable goals. These projects should also offer enough challenge to be rewarding and allow students to apply their knowledge and possibly learn new skills. Evidence that the sponsor has sufficient knowledge to answer technical questions about the project also helps. When you complete the Submission Form, remember the following recommendations may increase the chances of selection:


How do I know if my project is appropriately scoped?

It is best to be conservative. If you suspect that the project is too big, it almost certainly is. If your project is selected, the first priority of the initial meeting with the student(s) will be to negotiate the feasible scope.


Can I submit or re-submit an existing/previous project?

This depends much on the current state of the project. If it is well enough documented and the students (possibly a different team) can be up to speed in a week, then a project continuation is feasible.


Do I need to pay a fee?

While the students do not get paid for the execution of the projects, there is a $500 (+tax) Participation Fee for each selected project. An invoice will be sent to the sponsor of each of the selected projects for this fee. In the event multiple projects by the same sponsor are selected, or a project is worked on in multiple terms, the Participation Fee will be charged per project, per term. The fee will be waived for charity and not-for-profit organizations (Charity registration number or official NPO status will be required).


I would like to keep my project confidential and use the intellectual property (IP) generated from the project. Can I ask the students to sign an agreement?

According to BCIT's Intellectual Property Policy, creators (i.e. students in an ISSP project) are owners of the IP. BCIT does not require the students to enter any non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or sign away the IP in the ISSP program. However, if the sponsors require so, they should indicate it in the project submission form or in the initial meeting with the students. BCIT provides a standard Student Practicum Confidentiality Intellectual Property Agreement (please contact us to obtain a fill-able copy).

While many students are amenable to such an agreement, they have the option to select another project if they do not agree with the terms.

In general, the Confidentiality Intellectual Property Agreement should: