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Specialisterne Canada Inc., a charitable not-for-profit Canadian organization, focused on building a bridge between neurodivergent job seekers and employers. We support employers to tap into the talents of a neurodiverse workforce and build inclusive organizations through education, training, and advisory.

Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.


Are you interested in developing your technical skills in a supportive and collaborative environment? Are you a detail-oriented individual who enjoys detecting and solving problems?

Here is what you will do:

  • Work with an agile team and product owners to execute test plans, test cases, and scripts
  • Work independently to perform automation testing and document test findings in a shared repository
  • Participate in daily team meetings (stand-ups) to provide test-related feedback and updates
  • Work in a collaborative environment to identify, understand, and resolve potential problems in a product
  • Assist senior test members with estimating test requirements of QA work items

In performing this role, you will:

  • Be working towards a degree, diploma, or certificate in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a similar discipline
  • Be familiar with common QA, scripting and automation development methods and principles
  • Apply your familiarity with Linux, JavaScript and XML to understand and contribute to testing processes
  •  Use your strong attention to details and critical thinking skills to detect test-related issues
  • Use your ability to prioritize assignments and communicate results to help drive projects forward

Nice to have:

  • Experience testing web applications using Selenium, Geb or SPOC
  • Experience with other programming languages, such as C++, Perl, Java, Python, SSQL and/or HTML
  • Knowledge or experience with Agile Scrum methodologies

Please note: This is a full-time 4 or 8-month co-op/internship program ONLY available to students who identify with autism or another similar neurodiversity. The planned start date is May 4, 2020.

Role Employer Location Deadline  
Quality Assurance Automation Engineer IBM Ottawa, ON January 28, 2020 Closed

The Recruitment Process


The first step in the recruitment process is to register at Specialisterne’s student registration page. This will involve completing an online registration questionnaire. Instructions for registering are included below.

Employment Discovery Workshop

The next step is to participate in the Employment Discovery Workshop. This is a hands-on, task-based experience where you will work on specific projects in a relaxed setting. It is an opportunity to learn about our approach to hiring, and for us to get to know you and your motivations, interests, and skills. These half-day sessions provide a fun, interactive and creative experience out of which each participant will receive a profile that can help them prepare for future employment opportunities.


Students who have participated in an Employment Discovery Workshop are welcome to apply to the roles of interest. To apply, students will need to complete a job application questionnaire and submit a resume to Specialisterne.


Employment offers are made to the candidates with the best fit. Once selected as the successful candidate for the role, Specialisterne provides support during the training for and transition into the role. This helps to ensure that each employee feels well prepared and comfortable to perform in their new position.

Those not selected can have their profiles added to our database for consideration for other more suitable job opportunities in the future.

To Apply

Please read the role descriptions carefully.

For a detailed description of all summer co-op placements in 2020, please download this PDF.

All applications must go through Specialisterne Canada. Our corporate partners do not handle applications directly.

If you have already participated in a Specialisterne Employment Discovery Workshop but wish to be considered for these roles, please send an email to [email protected].

Please direct any questions via email to [email protected]. If you prefer to speak on the phone, send us an email and we will schedule a call.

We look forward to hearing from you!