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Internships & Training Programs

Graduate Internships at Queen's

Some graduate programs require mandatory clinical placements or a practicum component.  These programs include the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and Master’s programs in Anatomical Sciences, Art Conservation, Nursing (Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner), Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Graduate programs in Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning may also allow for internship experiences. Details can be obtained from the program websites and the Calendar of the School of Graduate Studies.

Other graduate programs offer internship-based elective courses (e.g., English, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering). In addition, students from many disciplines participate in internships that are relevant to their thesis research.  These internships are often available through the MITACS Accelerate Program, Connect Canada, or through research contracts arranged by the student’s supervisor.  Graduate students also participate in research-related field travel and in exchanges with other universities and research laboratories.  Students who are interested in these types of opportunities should discuss them with their research supervisor.

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Connect Canada   is a national internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements. Regardless of the sector or the location, Connect Canada interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues. Companies receive a cost-effective way to conduct R&D, while interns gain relevant industry experience that enhances their graduate studies.

Training Programs

There are many research and training programs available to Graduate students which may offer funding as well. It is advisable that you discuss any program with your supervisor.


Program Background
The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program is an initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC). It is a research training program that was established with the goal of providing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a unique opportunity to:

  • collaborate with colleagues
  • enhance translational research skills
  • facilitate transition to the workforce

The CREATE program was launched in 2009 and Queen's University was one of its first twenty recipients. Officially named the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Bone and Joint Health Technologies, it is hosted in the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) at Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) with the abbreviated name: HMRC-CREATE.

HMRC-CREATE Program at Queen's

Within the next two decades the impact of bone and joint disease and injury on the loss of mobility in patients will be greatly reduced through the integration of emergent biological, information, and engineering technologies. The NSERC-CREATE Training Program in Bone and Joint Health Technologies program is designed to provide a generation of researchers who can achieve this goal.

Vision Statement
Training leaders to develop a new generation of minimally invasive technologies for the long-term maintenance of bone and joint health.

Mission Statement
To provide future scientists with learning opportunities that will challenge their attitudes and perspectives regarding research in bone and joint health technologies and build transferable skills to facilitate transition to the workforce. A guiding principle is to provide professional skills to trainees that will improve the quality, impact, and efficiency of performing research in three theme areas:

  • Joint Health Assessment
  • Computer-Assisted Reconstruction Technologies
  • Tissue Repair Technologies

Terry Fox  Foundation Training Program in Transdisciplinary Cancer Research in partnership with CIHR

Established to produce future leaders in translational cancer research in Canada. This program provides young investigators, including graduate students, post PhD and post MD fellows, with training and hands-on experience in transdisciplinary research while broadening their perspective on the cancer problem. The Program welcomes basic science, applied clinical, population health and health services trainees and will offer each of these groups a training program specifically tailored to their background and previous educational path.
At present, new or continuing graduate students may be eligible for studentships of up to $25,000 while post PhD/MD fellows may be eligible for fellowships commensurate with their experience.


Mitacs, Inc. is a national not-for-profit research network focused on driving innovation in Canada. Through a series of unique research and training programs, Mitacs is fostering the creation of large-scale academic/industrial collaborations and developing the next generation of innovators. Mitacs also offers a wide array of complementary programming to help drive research, innovation, and professional development in Canada. These programs include: competitive post-doctoral fellowships (Elevate), business mentorship (Enterprise), international recruitment (Globalink), career skills training (Step), and conference management services.

Mitacs-Accelerate - offers research grants for collaborative projects across all disciplines, ranging from several thousand up to several million dollars using a modular internship-based approach. Industry and academia are both active partners in cutting-edge research projects and participating graduate students and post-doctoral fellows gain invaluable experience in both academic and industrial research settings. The program boasts a user-friendly, non-competitive application process, very high funding success rates, and the full support of our nation-wide Business Development team.

Mitacs - Elevate  - The Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship program supports recent PhD graduates to work on a joint industry-academia research project for two years. Fellows lead the collaboration and spend about half of their time at the university and half at the company. In addition, Mitacs provides the fellows with business skills training so they are well positioned to take on R&D leadership roles at the end of the program.

Mitacs - Globalink - Are you a former Globalink participant interested in graduate studies in Canada? You may be eligible for funding through the Globalink Graduate Fellowship.