MITACS Globalink Internships

The Department of Biology and the Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC) wish to offer 6 Mitacs Globalink Research Internships on a competitive basis. These internships will provide applicants with an opportunity to participate in a 12-week research internship in early Spring and Summer of 2020 under the supervision of a supervisor from a multi-disciplinary  team of faculty members (ecologists, environmental scientists, chemists, engineers) from Queen’s and Tongji University in China.

Internships are open to students in the department of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Civil and Chemical Engineering who are:

  • Completing their 2nd year of undergraduate study
  • In their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies
  • Graduate students.

Interns will work on projects related to the aquatic ecosystems in Yangtze River watershed in China and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River watershed in Canada.  These watersheds share many aspects including supporting significant biodiversity, being transportation corridors, providing drinking water to many communities, supporting fisheries, and having significant agricultural and industrial activities. A major focus of the internship will be on environmental and biodiversity monitoring.

Project 1- Benthos Invertebrate Sampling

Project 2 - Environmental DNA 

Project 3 - Visual Monitoring

Project 4 - Auditory Monitoring

Project 5 - Determining Water Quality in a Complex Watershed

Project 6 - Determining Microbiological Quality of Water in a Complex Watershed

Interns will spend 3 weeks in Canada, at various location along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River, and 9 weeks in China at a field station on Chongming Island in the Yangtze River Delta, and other sites working with students from Tongji. While in China, interns will be recording observations and conduct water sampling and water chemistry.

Each internship is valued at $6000, of which $4500 will be paid as a stipend to help offset costs related to air travel, local transport, and meals. $1500 will be allocated to the purchase of research supplies and consumables.

During the 9-week stay in China, accommodation on Chongming Island will be provided free of charge. Additionally, when in Canada, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities offered through the Department of Biology, the Queen’s University Biological Station, the River Institute, and the Beaty Water Research Centre including participation in a seminar series, workshops, and local conferences.

To apply, please submit an email of interest including your year and program along with your CV and unofficial transcript to: by 4pm on December 18th 2019.