The Internship Placement
While studying at Brock University, Ciência Sem Fronteiras(CsF) participants have the opportunity to participate in a 14-16 week unpaid research, lab-based, or industry internship. During the internship period, students are part of Brock International’s University Mentorship (UM) program and should consider themselves to be part of the community of visiting scholars who come to Brock to collaborate on research, scholarly, and other activities. As representatives of Brock University, CsF participants are expected to conduct themselves professionally and ethically while preparing for and during internships.
It is important to note that all placements may not be perfect matches for each participant's research or scholarly interests, but could be seen as opportunities to expand into new areas and develop new skills. Every new opportunity is an opportunity to learn.
Your company or organization will benefit from:
- innovative ideas from top students who have valuable knowledge and experience in science and technology-related sectors in Brazil;
- input from a dedicated upper-year student willing and able to contribute to the projects and mission of your organization; and
- the opportunity to build a solid foundation for future Canada-Brazil collaborations.
Brock International administers the internships as follows:
- Brock International asks students for a Resume and requires students to fill out an Internship Placement Form, so that effots can be made to find an appropriate internship. The resume is sent to Brock faculty members and industry partners who may be interested in supervising an internship.
- Students may request to work with specific faculty members, departments, or companies. Brock International attempts to accommodate requests, subject to the availability of supervisors.
- Brock International acts as a liaison between potential supervisors and students. Brock International assists in arranging meetings for students and initiating contact with faculty members.
- A potential supervisor may wish to meet with a student for a formal job interview before offering to supervise a placement. Brock International assists in arranging interviews.
- If Brock International cannot find a placement, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) assists by arranging a placement with their industry partners. Every attempt will be made to find placements within the Niagara region.
- Brock International assists in scheduling and administering training sessions to prepare students for their internships. At the end of the internship period, students receive a Letter of Activity, confirming the work completed during the internship, as well as a Certificate of Achievement, which will list all training sessions that were completed as internship preparation.
As participants in the CsF program, students are representatives of their home country and university, their funding agencies, and their support staff at Brock University. It is expected that all students will conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful, responsible, and flexible at all times. Although Brock International assists in finding an internship, each student's behavior and efforts will also affect whether or not an internship placement is found. Participation in training sessions, efforts to prepare cover letters and other documents, and attendance at required meetings or classes, as required by Brock International or potential future supervisors, will have an impact on any internship placement options.
If a student declines an internship placement obtained through Brock International, he or she will be responsible for finding his or her own placement, or a placement may be found through the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). That student will no longer be eligible to receive internship support from Brock International.
Before beginning the internship placement, students will be required to:
- attend an Internship Information Session;
- sign an Internship Program Guidelines form to acknowledge that they are aware of the internship guidelines and their own responsibilities;
- complete an Internship Placement Form, so that Brock International staff can make efforts to find appropriate internships;
- sign a Liability Waiver Form to acknowledge that there are certain risks inherent in internship settings and that they will not hold Brock University liable;
- arrange and attend a meeting with Jade Bowie, International Affairs Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org), within the first two (2) months of the CsF program to discuss their internship preferences, options, and responsibilities;
- research faculty members and researchers at Brock, as well as local companies, in order to understand what internship options are available;
- attend any interviews or meetings that are arranged with potential internship supervisors (These should be considered to be formal job interviews and students should act respectfully and professionally);
- if offered an internship placement, accept or decline the placement within five (5) business days (A placement cannot be held as a “back-up” or “last option”. Once a student has accepted an internship placement, he or she is no longer eligible to search for alternative placements. If a student is considering declining an internship placement, he or she must contact Brock International to discuss the reasons prior to any discussion with the potential internship supervisor);
- register for or unofficially audit and attend courses taught by a potential internship supervisor, if requested by the potential internship supervisor;
- complete a Research/Industry Placement Confirmation Form with the supervisors;
- after beginning an internship, complete the entire 3-4 month duration of the internship for a total of 450-560 hours (working hours can be negotiated with the internship supervisor, but a salary cannot be negotiated, as all internships will be unpaid); and
- participate in training sessions that will prepare student for a successful research, lab-based, or industry internship experience. Mandatory training sessions include:
- Library Tour
- Research Ethics Seminar
- General Health and Safety Training OR Science Lab Safety Seminar
- Resume/CV Writing Workshop
- Interview Skills Workshop
(Internship supervisors may require students to complete additional training.)
Jade Bowie, International Affairs Assistant, Brock International
905-688-5550 ext. 6160