Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

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Internships, Work & Training Programs

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.




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.


Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that delivers unique research and training programs across Canada. Through these 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. Their key programs for graduate students and recent PhD’s include the Accelerate, Elevate, and Step programs.

Over the past 15 years, Mitacs has supported more than 10,000 research internships, delivered career-skills training to more than 19,000 students and postdocs, and supported more than 1,300 international research collaborations.

Mitacs’ business development team is dedicated to building and supporting new partnerships. Watch the Globalink Introduction Videos on the MItacs website to find out how this works.  Also you can access more information via the "Come to Canada" and "Travel from Canada" webpages. 

Collaborate with a private-sector partner

Mitacs Accelerate Mitacs Accelerate is Canada’s premier research internship program for all disciplines. Interns broaden their impact by connecting with private-sector organizations and applying their skills to new challenges.

  • Each four-month internship provides a $10,000 minimum intern stipend/salary and up to $5,000 for project expenses
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible
  • Projects range in duration from four months to multi-year, multi-disciplinary collaborations

New - Accelerate Industrial Post-Doc

The Mitacs Accelerate industrial postdoc provides up to 3 years of funding valued at $55,000 per year for a postdoctoral fellow in any discipline. Postdocs

conduct research with a company or not-for-profit. This special initiative offers better leveraging than standard Mitacs Accelerate internships.

Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Faculty members and PhD holders interested in the policy-making process can participate in a 12-month fellowship that embeds them within government offices. Fellows gain professional policy experience and can become leading policy voices in Canada’s academic community


Explore research opportunities abroad

Mitacs Globalink  helps senior undergraduate and graduate students do research abroad. The program builds international research collaborations with partners in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey, and Vietnam:

  • Globalink Research Award: Up to $6,000 for a 12–24 week research project at an accredited university in a partner country
  • Globalink Partnership Award: $15,000 for a 16–24 week research project with an industry partner in a partner country

Cultivate your R&D management skills

Mitacs Elevate offers postdoctoral fellows two years of top-tier R&D management training as they undertake a research project with a private-sector organization and faculty supervisor. Throughout the project, fellows apply their expertise to a research challenge and gain valuable research management and leadership experience.

  • Each fellowship includes an annual research grant of $50,000 minimum stipend/salary and up to $7,500 for project expenses
  • R&D management training valued at $15,000 over two years
  • Competitive call for applications, open to all disciplines

Advance your career with professional development training

Mitacs Step provides high-quality skills training to graduate students and early-career researchers who are seeking a competitive, professional advantage for their future careers. Workshops impart the skills and best practices sought by employers and are available free of charge to participants registered at Canadian universities.

  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible
  • Facilitators are leading industry and business professionals
  • Curriculum focuses on leadership and management; communication and relationship building; personal and professional management; and entrepreneurialism
  • This program in linked with the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies’ Expanding Horizons program
NSERC Create

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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

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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. 

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.