Connect Canada’s online database makes it easy to apply and register with the program. Once registered, students and industry representatives can submit an internship proposal. Students can view and apply to available opportunities, while industry representatives can use the database to manage the hiring process, from viewing resumes and arranging interviews through to making offers.
Once a proposal is received, it is reviewed by an Internship Management Committee (IMC), which consists of industry representatives with technical, scientific or business backgrounds, and academic representatives with PhDs and research backgrounds. The IMC reviews the proposal based on:
- Excellence of the research
- Relevance of the research to industry
- Overall quality of the project
- Impact of the research
Final decisions on the placement are determined by the Connect Canada CEO and Scientific Director, following a review of IMC recommendations.
The application and review process takes approximately six weeks from submission to the actual start date of an intern placement. Industry partner funds must be sent directly to Connect Canada upon approval of the internship proposal, prior to the start of the placement.