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In collaboration with TalentEdge, an internship program administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Connect Canada provides Ontario undergraduate and graduate students with real-world industry experience through R&D internships. Connect Canada supported interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues across various sectors. Companies receive a cost-effective way to conduct R&D, while interns gain relevant industry experience that enhances their studies.

Benefits of Connect Canada

•   For a small investment, companies can leverage their research dollars and in house capabilities and gain access to a dedicated intern who is guided by their faculty supervisor.

•   Connect Canada’s business model allows for a quick turn-around on applications, and is flexible and responsive in developing internships that meet industry needs.

•   Connect Canada helps partner faculty supervisors and interns with relevant, industry-led placements focusing on research and development. 

•   Interns gain relevant industry experience through Connect Canada by working on advanced research and development projects that can enhance their studies.

Connect Canada is building lasting connections between the research and private sectors that will enhance Ontario’s ability to engage in advanced R&D for years to come.



Connect Canada internships are four months in length and cover all sectors and educational backgrounds. Each internship represents a research issue that has been vetted by a panel of industry and academic experts to ensure it offers a challenging, scientifically rigorous opportunity. During the internship, a student will have a substantial documented interaction with the industry partner. 


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