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Internships, Practicum & Job Search Tools

Queen’s offers many opportunities for internships, practicum, clinical placement and work experience. Please contact the graduate coordinator of your academic program to investigate these opportunities.

Internship Programs for Master's/PhD Students?

Queen’s offers many opportunities for internships, practicum, clinical placement and work experience.  Please contact the graduate coordinator of your academic program to investigate these opportunities. 

Connect Canada

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.

Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) – internships & fellowships

One program that the OBI runs is an Experiential Education Initiative which involves many opportunities for grad students in Neuroscience, from internships to entrepreneurial fellowships.

For more information, visit the Ontario Brain Institute website

Awards and Funding Opportunities

Rhodes Scholarships

For more information, visit the Student Affairs website.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Mitacs is pleased to present the Mitacs Globalink Research Award – for undergraduate and graduate research at a university outside Canada. This is an exciting new initiative that provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research abroad.

The Globalink Research Award provides an opportunity for:

  • Senior undergraduate and graduate students to conduct innovative research at an accredited university in Mitacs partner countries for 12-24 weeks;
  • New collaborations with academic researchers  in Mitacs partner countries:  Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey, and Vietnam;

Applications are accepted at any time;  students and faculty at Canadian Mitacs full and associate partner universities are eligible.

For more information, visit the Mitacs Globalink Research Award website.

Fulbright Canada Awards

Fulbright Canada runs a wide range of programs that support exceptional Canadian students and scholars who wish to study, do research, or lecture in the United States.

For more information, visit the Fulbright Canada Awards website.

Student Initiative Fund

Are you a student with a great idea or project that can help you learn and work in service to the community? The Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs has established the Student Initiative Fund to provide year-round funding opportunities for special projects and initiatives that enhance the student experience and enrich the University community.

This Fund supports recognized student groups, clubs and registered students to organize activities, programs, events and activities that enhance the quality of student life at Queen's University. Projects that are dedicated to the principles of personal and community development and, in particular, provide extra- and co-curricular educational opportunities for students to build leadership, citizenship, intercultural awareness and/or community-building skills are encouraged.

Preference will be given to those projects in which the University community, and in some situations the broader community, may participate.

To encourage programs and initiatives to address and support issues related to mental health and well-being on campus a portion of the funds will be targeted for such projects.

For more information, visit the Student Initiative Fund website.

IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

IDRC offers these awards twice a year to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing their doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards support field research (3 to 12 months) in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC program priorities and must ensure that their research project aligns with these priorities.

For more information, contact Laura Marchese-Smith at the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC).

Work Opportunity: Teach @ Tübingen


The University of Tübingen’s Institutional Strategy provides financial support for expanding the number of courses it offers in English and for promoting the teaching competence of post-doctoral fellows or of PhD students who are at an advanced stage of their studies. This call for applications is especially focused on our strategic partner universities in the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU). We welcome applications from MNU advanced PhD students or post-doctoral fellows who would like to expand their teaching experience while simultaneously expanding their research horizons with a working stay in Germany under the Teach-at-Tübingen (T@T) Program.

T@T candidates are asked to teach classes in English for approximately two hours per week during semester, in agreement with the Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs of the respective Tübingen Faculty, where they will be based as a function of their research collaboration.


  • Candidates must be at an advanced stage of their doctoral studies or already have their PhD
  • They must have written agreement from the Tübingen professor with whom they propose to conduct research. Candidates are encouraged to make contact directly with Tübingen professors working in their field of research. Contact information can be found at the Tübingen University Faculty webpage. (Occasionally, the Tübingen Matariki coordinator may be able to help to identify the relevant researchers)
  • The classes they offer must be made public and open to all students
  • The classes they offer must be held in English.

Length of stay: 1-2 semesters

Matariki contact

Dr. Karin Moser v. Filseck, Tübingen Matariki coordinator (karin.moser@uni-tuebingen.de)

Visit the University of Tübingen’s website

Universitat Tubingen  Matariki Network of Universities: Partnering for a better world

AIESEC - Global Internship Programs

AIESEC is the largest student run non-profit organization in the world. It is present in 124 countries and territories and present in 2,400 universities in the world, providing its 86,000 members with the opportunity to develop their professional and leadership skills, gain an international perspective, and expand their personal network. Its goal is to promote global understanding through leadership development and international exchange. Here at AIESEC Queen’s we work to facilitate incoming and outgoing exchange internships that provide leadership development and opportunities for personal growth. We are currently recruiting for graduate students and graduated students (class of 2013) and graduating class (class of 2014) wishing to participate in our Global Internship Program. 

Visit the AIESEC website for an explanation of our member and exchange programs. All questions can be addressed to info.aiesecqueens@gmail.com.


Visit the Mitacs website.

Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people. Our key programs for graduate students and recent PhD’s include the Accelerate, Elevate, and Step programs.


Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

For more information, visit the Mitacs-Accelerate website.

Mitacs Elevate

Mitacs Elevate provides a foundation of cutting-edge research, business, entrepreneurship and scientific management skills to newly-minted PhDs. It also gives companies access to a highly qualified uniquely trained pool of talent. Through Mitacs Elevate, new PhDs create and lead a major industrial research project while establishing vital connections within the local business community.

For more information, visit the Mitacs Elevate website

Mitacs Step

Mitacs Step is Canada’s only comprehensive program providing business-ready skills to up and coming researchers. Step trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in essential interpersonal, project management and entrepreneurial skills required for them to succeed in their future career.

For more information about Mitacs Step visit http://www.mitacs.ca/step.

NSERC Create

Visit the NSERC Create website

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
Ontario Brain Institute

Visit the Ontario Brain Institute Website

Training Opportunities Through the OBI Experiential Education Initiative

OBI offers 3 paid training opportunities through its Experiential Education Initiative. Applications are currently being collected for all programs.

External Opportunities

  • Internship opportunity: Health Technologies Exchange

​This a 6 month internship. Candidates must be recently graduated from a neuroscience graduate program from an Ontario University, neuroscience-related programs are also eligible. Apply to eei@braininstitute.ca with a resume and cover letter. 

Terry Fox Foundation Training Program

Visit the Terry Fox Training Program website.

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.

PARTEQ Innovations

Visit the PARTEQ Website.

PARTEQ Innovations was founded in 1987 by Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada to commercialize intellectual property (e.g. inventions) arising from university-generated research. A not-for-profit organization, PARTEQ provides institutional researchers with the business, intellectual property, and financial expertise that is needed to advance their discoveries to the public, while returning the proceeds from those activities to researchers and their institutions.

PARTEQ works with principal investigators to students, postdocs, staff or alumni to help you advance your discovery to market.

Why not follow their blog where Dr Paul Webster says “ What I learned in grad school: Lessons from an entrepreneur".  or look at some of their success stories

Queen's Career Services

Visit the Queen's Careers website

Our very own Career Services on campus has many resources available to assist you in finding employment post studies. They also offer many workshops (eg how to write your CV or resume & interviewing techniques) as well as one-on-one consultations. Don't wait to the end of your degree to visit the Centre and the staff. Come along to Gordon Hall, Level 3, Careers Centre.

A special page on LinkedIn for everything you want to know about it, to workshops to help you make the most of this tool. Learn more about the Queen's LinkedIn page.