Mitacs Career Connect program

Mitacs Career Connect provides meaningful work experience for young graduates while helping companies find the talent they need to grow their business. We currently have funding opportunities for projects that aim to protect the environment, create positive environmental outcomes, or address an environmental or climate change-related challenge.
 
Interns must be between 15 and 30 years old, a post-secondary graduate, and legally entitled to work in Canada. Eligible hiring organizations must support a green project in the science, technology, engineering or math fields, for a six-month placement valued at $20,000 to $25,000, subsidized by Mitacs at 50%. Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
We welcome submissions until September 15, 2017, for placements starting no later than October 1, 2017.
 
Visit https://www.mitacs.ca/en/career-connect for more detail and to apply.
 
Questions can be directed to Niraj Shukla, Director, Mitacs by email nshukla@mitacs.ca or by telephone at 709-685-1736
 
Interns must be:
  • Degree or diploma post-secondary graduates
  • Between 15 and 30 years old at the start of the placement
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada (no work permits or student visas)
  • Legally able to work in Canada
  • Not receiving employment insurance benefits during the placement
  • Not currently employed by the organization
  • Not immediately related to the organization supervisor, or the company's director(s) and senior officer(s)

Organizations must:

  • Be sole proprietorships; for-profit organizations; provincial, territorial, regional, or municipal governments; post-secondary institutions; non-governmental organizations; or Indigenous organizations
  • Provide a full-time paid work placement for six months
  • Establish and follow processes for intern supervision
  • Pay the approved intern salary per six-month placement

Placements must:

  • Offer a full-time six-month placement in a STEM field, with a focus on protecting the environment, creating positive environmental outcomes, or addressing an environmental or climate change challenge. Opportunities in the following areas are currently supported:
    • Natural resource sectors, including energy, forests, minerals and metals, and earth sciences
    • Climate change categories, including but not limited to:
      • green manufacturing
      • carbon and climate change mitigation
      • energy efficiency and green building
      • green services
      • renewable/green energy
      • resource conservation
      • environmental protection
      • alternative/sustainable transportation
      • sustainable planning/urban design
      • green retail
      • eco-tourism
  • Be submitted online and approved by Mitacs
  • Provide a clearly defined plan for the placement, including scope of work and anticipated results, and intern support such as mentorship and coaching
  • Pay the intern a salary as outlined in the approved budget ($20,000–$25,000) 
  • Enhance the intern's career readiness

Intern's responsibilities

  • Start the placement no later than October 1, 2017, working full-time for six months
  • Complete the placement no later than March 31, 2018
  • Undertake the placement in accordance with the guidelines and scope provided by the organization
  • Provide all requested reporting documents (post-placement questionnaire) to Mitacs within 10 days of concluding the internship

Organization's responsibilities

  • Pay the approved intern salary and any required benefits
  • Provide supervision and mentorship to the intern
  • Accommodate Mitacs' mid-point audit, as necessary, and any other requirements 
  • Provide all requested reporting documents (post-placement questionnaire and final financial report) to Mitacs within 10 days of concluding the internship

Placement selection and approval

  • Completed applications are reviewed in the order they are received
  • Decisions are rendered to applicants (intern and organization) within two weeks

Funding

  • Participating organizations must pay the intern salary between $20,000 and $25,000, in accordance with its internal payroll policies
  • Mitacs provides a reimbursement totaling half of the intern salary. E.g., if approved budget for salary is $25,000, Mitacs reimburses $12,500.
  • Mitacs' reimbursement is issued in two payments:
    • The first payment (50% of Mitacs' portion) is issued halfway through the placement
    • The remaining portion is issued when the placement concludes and participants have fulfilled all reporting and/or audit requirements

Reporting Requirements

  • Post-placement questionnaires from the intern and organization, respectively
  • Final financial report, signed by the organization's Chief Financial Officer or equivalent  

Niraj Shukla | Director, Business Development

EN-4016, Memorial University 
T: 709-685-1736| E: nshukla@mitacs.ca

 

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