Internship Opportunities

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) Internship Program--Open

The ADB Internship Program is a project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB’s current operational needs. ADB advertises internship assignments three times per year and welcomes motivated, open-minded, and self-directed individuals to apply.

The internship program offers the opportunity to:

  • work in a major international development organization; 

  • work collaboratively with experienced professionals from over 50 different countries;

  • gain a deeper understanding of development finance and the impact of the work ADB does; and

  • contribute to ADB's business through research outputs.

More information on eligibility and how to apply.

Connect Canada

Connect Canada is a national internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and postdoctoral 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.

  • Connect Canada’s business model allows for a quick turnaround on applications, and is flexible and responsive in developing internships that meet industry needs.

  • Connect Canada helps partner university professors and interns with relevant, industry-led placements focusing on research and development.

  • Interns gain relevant industry experience through Connect Canada by working on advanced research and development projects that can enhance their graduate studies.

Connect Canada internships range in length from four to six months and cover all sectors and educational backgrounds. Each internship represents a research issue that has been vetted by a panel of industry and academic experts to ensure it offers a challenging, scientifically rigorous opportunity. During the internship, a student will spend at least 50 per cent of the time at the company and the remainder on campus.

U of T students interested in applying can obtain more information from the Innovations and Partnerships Office​.


Through Mitacs-Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges. Armed with the very latest tools, techniques, and innovations, the intern (a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) brings a new perspective to the problem faced by the industry partner.

  • Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

  • Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.

  • No deadlines: applications are accepted at any time

  • Application process: simple, easy, and quick; typically approved within four to six weeks

  • International students and postdocs are eligible

More information on eligibility and how to apply.

NSERC Industrial Postgra​duate Scholarships (IPS)

NSERC’s Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program no longer accepts applications as of August 2015 and the program will be discontinued following the fulfillment of current commitments. The Mitacs Accelerate program will become the primary delivery agent for federally supported graduate-level industrial research and development internships in the future.

Award Overview

​Student Deadline to SGS

Submit application package to the Graduate Awards Office by August 21, 2015

Value & Duration:

Minimum of $21,000 per year up to three years

Level of Study:

Master’s or doctoral​​

​Required Legal Status:

Domestic (Canadian citizen or permanent resident)​


Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships provide financial support for highly qualified science and engineering graduates. The support allows them to gain research experience in industry while undertaking advanced studies in Canada. These scholarships are aimed at encouraging scholars to consider research careers in industry where they will be able to contribute to strengthening Canadian innovation.


To be considered eligible for support, you must:​

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Applications will also be accepted from qualified foreign candidates;

  • hold, or expect to hold (at the time you take up the award), a degree in science or engineering from a university whose standing is acceptable to NSERC (if you have a degree in a field other than science or engineering, NSERC may accept your application at its discretion);

  • have certification from the Dean of Graduate Studies showing that, over the last two completed years of study, you had a first-class academic standing (minimum average of "A-"; see the Note below for more details); and

  • be pursuing full- or part-time graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering at an eligible Canadian university in accordance with the regulations in effect at the university.

Find out more about eligibility and​ how to apply.​​

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship​

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (QES Program) is a great opportunity to engage in paid international work or research for the Summer of 2018. Please see below for opportunities that focus on social impact, literacy, scientific research, education, or Indigenous advocacy:

Literacy and Indigenous Language Education
Community development, French and English language teaching, assessment, evaluation, and capacity building in education for women, girls, and youth with disabilities in Rwanda and India

Inclusive Innovation for Development
Social impact and entrepreneurship education and development in Cape Town, South Africa

Enhancing Health and Science Education and Research
Knowledge Translation, research, counselling, survey testing, and educational materials development for cancer research and awareness in Nairobi, Kenya.

Successful candidates receive $7,000 toward a 90-day internship. All QES applicants are responsible for securing a course for credit for their summer term. All opportunities are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Deadline to apply is early February of each year for the summer of the same year.  For more information, and to apply, please visit​