Connect Canada Internships (2022)

  • This program is currently closed.


The Connect Canada Internships match graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with private-sector host companies (industry partner) for research internships. The interns work on research projects jointly developed by their academic supervisor and the industry partner. Internships are four-to-six month placements, with at least 50 per cent of the intern’s time spent at the industry partner’s facilities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is $5,000.
The value of the total internship stipend is $10,000, funded equally between the industry partner and Connect Canada. Connect Canada funding is stackable, allowing industry partners and academic researchers to leverage other sources of funding.

Eligibility criteria for interns:

  • Interns must be full-time graduate students enrolled in, or postdoctoral fellows working in, a Canadian participating institution in any area of research, including natural science, engineering, economy, social science, health, environment and ethics, provided that their skills are sought by the participating firm to support its innovation process.
  • Interns need not be Canadian citizens, foreign students and permanent residents are eligible.
  • A maximum of two Networks of Centers of Excellence’s Industrial R&D Internships are allowed for any individual over the course of their entire academic and post academic career.

Eligible participating institutions:

  • Canadian universities with a mandate for research and their affiliated institutions, including hospitals and research institutes, that are eligible to receive funds from any of the federal granting agencies, and who enroll or otherwise give academic status to eligible interns.

Eligible industry partners:

  • Canadian companies engaged in advanced R&D, regardless of the sector or location across the country.

Documentation Needed:

Interns must:

  • Develop a research plan in partnership with an academic supervisor and a supervisor from the partner organization
  • Complete the Final Internship Experience Form.

Other Things to Note:

  1. The program on McGill University’s website (2013 Guideline) and on Simon Fraser University’s website with a deadline for application on October 1, 2019. 
  2. No information about the program on the University of Windsor’s webpage and AUTO21 appears on LinkedIn as closed (Connect Canada is managed by AUTO21 Inc. and the University of Windsor).

Program Contact:

Program Overview – Connect Canada Internships

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