$35 million funding boost for Mitacs-Accelerate internship program to benefit Environment grad students

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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Are you a University of Waterloo graduate student looking to boost your research credentials and get some real-world experience on your resume?

Non-profit research organization Mitacs, which partners students with private companies for research projects, has been awarded $35 million from the Canadian government to continue the Mitacs-Accelerate internship program.

The program is the perfect way to compliment academic achievements with real-world industry research experience.  Through Mitacs-Accelerate, graduate students can partner with for-profit companies to carry out short-term (minimum four months) research projects. 

Interns use their research skills to help the industry partner solve a challenging problem or develop new ways of improving existing processes.  In addition, they can make key contacts within private industry, boost employment prospects and add industry research experience to their credentials.

Graduate students are guided by a supervising professor, who helps determine the scope of the internship in partnership with a company.  Alternately, students can search a list of companies which are seeking interns for pre-identified projects on the Mitacs website.

Faculty of Environment, School of Planning graduate student Tanya Markvart is completing a Mitacs-Accelerate internship with Intelligent Futures, which develops sustainability plans for communities. “The program has given me a wonderful opportunity to network within my professional field, which has helped me to build a bridge between my academic studies and industry,” she says. “Mitacs-Accelerate has also benefited my academic advisor by developing new contacts and potential research opportunities.  My internship into strategic sustainability planning will also have benefits for planning practice generally, and help my industry partner grow.”

Mitacs-Accelerate is open to all disciplines and international students are eligible to apply.  Applications are accepted at any time.

For more information on Mitacs-Accelerate or to apply for an internship, contact the local Mitacs Director of Business Development, Jennifer Tedman-Jones, who is based here on the Waterloo campus, at jtedman@mitacs.ca or visit http://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate

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