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 2021/2022 are now closed. Applications for Fall 2022/Winter 2023 year will open in April 2022.

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
  • Experience working with Google suite (docs, sheets, forms, slides, meet, chat)
  • 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
  • Curriculum and activity development for conferences
  • Social media engagement (ex. Content creation for Trivia Tuesday’s, liking/reposting mission-aligned opportunities, etc.)
  • Alumni engagement (ex. Surveys, alumni events, etc.)
  • Assisting in core programs (CHOICES conference, SET conference) where needed
  • Resource development (ex. EDI Toolkit, STEM @ Home Guide)
  • Volunteer Database maintenance
  • Research on new areas under development
  • Archiving of documents and record retention
To apply for consideration for the 2021/2022 Academic Term please submit the following:
  • One-page 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
    • Ex.  I can volunteer up to 9 hours a week, Mon, Wed and Fri from 9-noon
    • Ex.  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 be in touch regarding a potential placement by the end of May.

Note:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are anticipating that the WISEST office will continue to work remotely into the Fall 2021 academic term. All volunteer activities will therefore take place virtually (Winter 2022 to be determined). Students will require access to a computer with a reliable internet connection to be able to participate as an intern and will require regular virtual check-ins with the WISEST staff. 

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

  • a supportive, friendly environment in which to develop a variety of transferable skills
  • 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
Hannah Bayne
Meet Hannah
  • Name: Hannah Bayne
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Program: BSc.Psychology with a minor in Music
  • What are you most excited about this year with WISEST: This is my second year as a WISEST Intern and I can't wait to continue working on the Faces of WISEST program. I love getting to know all about our awesome Summer Research Program Alumni!
  • Fun Fact: I love all things outdoors and I am an avid Girl Guide leader in my spare time. 
  • One Thing You Would Tell A High School Student Interested in STEM: Make a plan, but don’t be surprised or upset if it changes! Young adulthood is a time of discovery and you might find yourself developing new passions and interests and it’s okay to change your mind! You’ll discover careers and degrees you didn’t even know existed before high school and it’s a great time to get out there and explore all your options.
Samantha Polege
Meet Samantha
  • Name: Samantha Polege
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Program: BSc. Immunology and Infection
  • What are you the most excited about this year with WISEST: I’m elated to be a part of WISEST once again as I was previously an SRP 2019 alumna raised in rural Alberta and now I’m back as a team member! What I’m most excited about starting as an intern is helping plan great events, engaging with everyone online, and spreading the STEM spirit!
  • Fun Fact: I’m double-jointed in all fingers and I love trying to make music!
  • One Thing You Would Tell A High School Student Interested in STEM: You WILL feel like everyone else around you has student life under control, but I promise you’re not alone! Study hard, but make room for self-care!
Thy-Han Tran
Meet Thy-Han
  • Name: Thy-Han Tran
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Program: BSc. Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology.
  • What are you most excited about this year with WISEST: As I am finding my own way in the STEM field, I am optimistic about acting upon our equity, diversity, and inclusivity through WISEST. I look forward to working with an amazing team and being able to impact others in a meaningful way. 
  • Fun Fact: One of my favourite things to do is to go skating, especially on outdoor rinks during the winter! 
  • One Thing You Would Tell A High School Student Interested in STEM: You don’t have to be a genius to pursue STEM, so don’t be afraid to get involved and explore your true interests!