The Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP) provides opportunities for employers to hire a graduate student to solve staffing or business needs. Employers in all sectors can participate, including private, public, and not-for-profit.

Internship placement terms (e.g., duration, number of hours of work/week, qualifications, the scope of work performed) will vary based on the needs of employers and students. Applications are ongoing. Employers may contact the GSIP Advisor to create and post a job placement opportunity.

Until the GSIP receives additional funding, employers will be responsible for paying the full wage for their interns. The GSIP Advisor can provide information on other funding sources.

Benefits for the Employer

  • Flexibility;
  • Administrative support and connection to the University of Alberta;
  • Access to hardworking, driven, curious, resourceful, and intelligent students to fulfill your business needs; and
  • The opportunity to shape your industry's incoming workforce and get to know future graduates.

Create an Internship

Currently, the GSIP wage subsidy is unavailable. GSIP staff can support employers in applying to other sources of funding for internships.

GSIP funding is intended to give graduate students access to new work experience opportunities and help bridge the gap between academic studies and the workplace.

Follow the steps below to create an internship for the Graduate Students Internship Program (GSIP):

Step 1: Ensure your organization is able to meet the expectations below.

Employers are expected to:

  • Create a meaningful work placement, allowing the intern to use and develop clearly defined professional skills;
  • Pay the intern a suggested minimum of $25/hour;
  • Assign an internship supervisor to provide guidance, support, and feedback to the intern for the duration of the internship; and 
  • Participate in assessment activities with GSIP staff to evaluate the placement and program.
Step 2: Contact the GSIP Advisor.

We want to ensure your internship opportunity is developed to your satisfaction and that you benefit from the experience. To create a graduate student internship, please contact:

Andrea Spevak, MEd
Graduate Student Internship Advisor
Career Centre & Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Email: andrea.spevak@ualberta.ca
Phone: (780) 492-1869

Step 3: Post the position on campusBridge.

campusBridge provides a single location for employers to post jobs (permanent, summer, and temporary), co-op, internship and practicum opportunities for UA students and alumni at no cost. GSIP employers post positions (graduate student opportunities) on the GSIP specific job board.

Employers will be sent instructions on how to post on the GSIP job board. Instructions are also available on the GSIP section of campusBridge


  • "GSIP enables Engineering companies (such as ours) to conduct valuable applied research and development with advanced candidates in addition to screening potential full-time employees." (GSIP Employer, Engineering Beyond)
  • "Both interns have been a real asset to our operations. The Graduate Student Internship has been a real help." (GSIP Employer, Arts Habitat)
  • "We had a wonderful experience working with (our GSIP intern) and appreciated all the skills, experience and energy she brought to the office every day." (GSIP Employer, Government of Alberta Status of Women)
  • "We're loving having our (GSIP intern) around, and I think he's really enjoyed being able to apply his skills to our 'growing' industry (and hopefully learning a few new skills as well!), so thank you again... for coordinating this match made in heaven." (GSIP Employer, Token Naturals)
  • "(Our GSIP intern's) position has been extended. She is a valued member of the team, and her environmental engineering expertise will be a significant asset going forward." (GSIP Employer, Run With It Synthetics)

Contact Information

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:

Andrea Spevak, MEd
Graduate Student Internship Advisor
Career Centre & Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Email: andrea.spevak@ualberta.ca
Phone: (780) 492-1869

Navita Kalra 
Graduate Student Internship Program Career Advisor
Career Centre & Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Email: gsip@ualberta.ca
Phone: (780) 492-7949