The role of the WISEST Intern was established in 2019 as a means to give interested students the opportunity to volunteer with WISEST for skill development in the area of STEM outreach with the added benefit of gaining experience working in an office environment.  The expectations of the role are that individuals volunteer 5-10 hours a week from September/October to March/April with allowances made for busy times in their academic calendars.  Projects and tasks are varied and assigned based on the student’s personal and professional skill development goals and the operational needs of WISEST.

Applications for the 2020/2021 year are now closed. Opportunities for the next academic year will be announced Spring 2021. More information will be made available in the WISEST newsletter and on social media.

Mandatory Qualification

  • Undergraduate student entering at least their second year of study at the U of A in the fall term (i.e., student must have completed at least one year of post secondary studies at the U of A)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Sound understanding of the barriers surrounding inclusion in STEM
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers
  • Effective and efficient skills in planning, organizational, and time management
  • Interest in promoting and discussing diversity in STEM with a wide variety of audiences


Projects vary based on a student’s learning outcomes and the current operational needs of the office but have included tasks such as:

  • WISEST website review and content curation including Faces of WISEST
  • Social media posts and entries in the content calendar
  • Curriculum and activity development for conferences
  • Research on new areas under development
  • Planning SRP alumni event
  • Archiving of documents and record retention

In return for the time you give, you will receive:

  • skill development and experience in STEM outreach, 
  • the opportunity to work with an amazing team of WISEST staff and volunteers
  • permission to use “WISEST Intern” on your signature line, 
  • a professional reference from WISEST Team Lead outlining your responsibilities & hours worked
  • gratification knowing that you have directly impacted the lives of others who experience barriers to pursuing STEM education and careers 

To Apply

To be considered for the 2020/2021 Academic Term, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter with 2-3 short paragraphs of why you want to volunteer with WISEST
  • In the letter also include a list of 3-5 skills you’d like to develop during your internship
  • Current resume
  • Estimated time availability for the fall/winter terms with any schedule preferences
    • Eg.  I can volunteer up to 9 hours a week, Mon Wed and Fri from 9-noon
    • Eg.  I can volunteer up to 5 hours a week anytime but Mon afternoons

Please submit your responses Helen Yip, WISEST Outreach Coordinator - wisest.outreach@ualberta.ca and we will follow up in due time as to your placement.

Note:  For the Fall 2020 academic term it is believed at this point that all work will be done remotely and so regular check ins with WISEST Staff will be an added component to the placement as well.