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August 10, 2011

New Program Links Students to Companies for Research Placements

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Connect Canada is a new internship program that links graduate students to Canadian companies for research placements. Regardless of the issue, the sector or the location, Connect Canada internships can help companies find a cost-effective solution developed by highly skilled graduate students under the supervision of an academic supervisor.

For graduate students, it provides a pathway to further develop their research skills, while gaining valuable industry experience and contacts. For the academic supervisor, the stipend is considered a part of their research funding and provides an opportunity to make contact with various industrial partners. Short term, cost-effective research and development placements are a great, low-risk way for companies to find future employees.

Research categories that qualify for this internship include: natural science, engineering, economy, social science, health, environment and ethics. Placements can last from four to six months and are completed by a graduate student at the master’s, PhD or post-doctoral fellow level.

Connect Canada internships are funded by $5,000 from the company, which is matched by Connect Canada for a total intern stipend of $10,000. The program is funded by the Industrial Research-Development Internship (IRDI) program through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE).  

For more information on the internship program, click here.

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