Host an Intern

The call for faculty proposals for the summer of 2021 is now closed. 
Professors can submit projects on https://globalink.mitacs.ca/ until June 10, 2020, at 1 p.m. PT.
If you have questions or experience technical difficulties, contact helpdesk@mitacs.ca.

Matching process and evaluation criteria

  • Professor project proposals are submitted to Mitacs, reviewed, and upon acceptance, entered into an online database.
  • Applications from students are submitted to Mitacs. Students must select a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 research projects from the online database.
  • The Mitacs Research team scores each application based on criteria including, but not limited to, CGPA, university, and research experience, and ranks students based on their score.
  • Lists of possible matches are generated by combining the lists of projects submitted with the list of eligible students. 
  • Faculty and eligible students are invited to contact one another to conduct interviews and review one another for a possible match.
  • Mitacs collects the feedback and each match is weighted based on both the student’s and professor’s rankings.

Roles and responsibilities of the supervisor

Host professors must ensure the following is in place for their Globalink Research Intern prior to the start of the internship (as required):

  • Research supervision
  • E-mail and internet access (consistent, reliable access to a dedicated office computer or laptop)
  • Lab and/or office space (including a designated, safe place to put personal effects)
  • Software or hardware (such as lab supplies or equipment, or software licensing)
  • Any safety or orientation information required for the project
  • A schedule of tasks and duties, and thorough instructions on how to complete them
  • Communicate a 12-week timeline of reasonable deliverables for the research project
  • Set work hours with clear expectations, and who to contact if an emergency happens
  • Delegating at least one willing and knowledgeable supervisory role model(s) who may be asked questions in your absence

Globalink Research Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week on their research project.  During the duration of the internship, Globalink Research Interns may be invited to attend industry and/or government relations events, professional skills training courses, or conferences.  Every attempt will be made to schedule these events outside of working hours, and interns should obtain their supervisor’s approval should they have to miss work to participate.

All parties involved with the Mitacs Globalink program must comply with the Canadian host university’s policies regarding the ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities.  Any issues or disputes around research or academic misconduct will be subject to the host university’s processes following their institutional policies.

Logistics and student funding

Mitacs, in coordination with our partners, oversees, and provides funding for, the following:

  • Flight and reimbursement of student's Canadian immigration visa expenses
  • Accommodation and daily stipend
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the internship
  • Coordination with host institutions’ administrative offices to ensure a smooth arrival and registration process
  • Social activities and a discount on University of Alberta International-coordinated weekend trips to the Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • Professional skills courses
  • Industry events, such as meetings with professors, government representatives, and business leaders

University of Alberta International support

University of Alberta International (UAI) provides the following services:

  • Pre-departure information
  • An in-person check-in/orientation session after arrival
  • Facilitation of on-campus registration
  • A 3-hour Welcome Session with other new research interns which includes a guided campus tour
  • Ongoing advising while at the University of Alberta
  • Professional development seminars
  • Academic networking opportunities
  • An opportunity to present their research during a poster symposium
  • Recognition of their contributions with a certificate of participation
  • Each intern also has the option to participate in free or low-cost weekly social events and cultural activities, as well as UAI-guided weekend trips to the Rocky Mountains.