School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Internships & Training Programs

Caitlin Miron receiving the award with Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Jim Banting.

Caitlin Miron (Chemistry) is the recipient of the 2017 Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation. This award is given to a PhD student who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation during Mitacs-funded research

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.

Additional sites

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 Funding Opportunities

Mitacs ia a national, , not-for-profit organization that delivers research and training programs across Canada. 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. ​  See attached PDF presentation (given 10th April 2018) of an outline to the various programs.

Collaborate with a private-sector partner

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  

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 $5,000 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.

  • 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: