In partnership with Mitacs, post-secondary institutions and employers, Alberta’s government is growing internship opportunities to build hands-on learning opportunities for students, researchers and industry partners.

“Hands-on learning is critical to helping students get the skills and training they need, and to prepare them for success in their careers. This partnership supports Alberta’s Recovery Plan, and helps ensure our province has the talent and ability to get Albertans back to work, meet labour market demands, and give students important experience needed for their future.”

Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education

“Giving Albertans the skills and hands-on opportunities to put their education to use is going to be a critical component of our economic future. It will pair job creators with their future employees and turn ideas into careers and bring new innovations to our business world that much faster.”

Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation

“This funding will help Alberta businesses solve their innovation challenges by connecting them to top post-secondary talent so they can expand their companies, create jobs, and grow the provincial economy. At the same time, these opportunities provide Alberta students with invaluable practical skills, applied research experience, and business contacts that will help them get jobs.”

John Hepburn, chief executive officer, Mitacs

“In equipping students with essential industry experience, internships serve as a bridge between academia and the wider world. There is a learning curve for new grads, and Mitacs programs allow innovation-based companies like AltaML to invest time and resources in mentorship. Business and communities also benefit by keeping top talent right here in Alberta. The net result is that internships help drive innovation which is crucial in the new data-driven economy.”

Cory Janssen and Nicole Janssen, co-founders, AltaML

“My Mitacs internship at AltaML provided me with hands-on experience in developing artificial intelligence solutions for real-world industry problems, and has widened my perspectives on business expectations for delivering solutions. The business contacts and mentors that I’ve acquired are invaluable for my future and I feel well equipped for a new career in the tech sector. I am grateful to the Government of Alberta and AltaML for enabling me to develop my skills and talents through a Mitacs internship.”

Frincy Clement, Mitacs intern, AltaML, and student, University of Alberta

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving challenges with research solutions from academic institutions. Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, along with the other provincial and territorial governments.

Alberta has supported internships through the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship program for several years, attracting top international undergraduate students to the province. Alberta will now expand its support to other Mitacs programs to add about 1,275 new internship opportunities annually, through an additional $5-million investment each year over the next three years.

The expanded partnership with Mitacs enables Alberta to align internship opportunities with priority sectors identified in Alberta’s Recovery Plan, while also leveraging matching investments from federal and private industry funding partners.

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth.

Quick facts

  • Mitacs has a  proven track record in supporting research and innovation, a broad network of partners, and an ability to leverage federal and industry funding in providing high-quality innovation internships and training opportunities.
  • About 1,275 internship opportunities will be supported each year through six internship streams:
    • Accelerate – Interns work on a peer-reviewed research project to address a business challenge faced by an industry partner.
    • Accelerate Entrepreneur – Student entrepreneurs develop research or technology at the core of their business, supported by an incubator.
    • Accelerate International – Interns participate in global research collaborations.
    • Elevate – Post-doctoral fellows tackle a sophisticated research challenge.
    • Business Strategy Internships – Interns support businesses with restoring or modifying their business operations to adapt to the current business environment.
    • Assessment Internship Initiative – Interns assess a host organization’s technology need and help identify a path forward, such as adopting new technologies.
  • Internship opportunities will be targeted for the key economic sectors identified in Alberta’s Recovery Plan:
    • Agriculture and forestry
    • Aviation, aerospace, and logistics
    • Culture and creative industries
    • Energy
    • Financial services and fintech
    • Technology and innovation
    • Tourism
  • Not only do internships benefit students, they contribute to economic productivity and help industry partners achieve their innovation potential, respond to current business challenges and grow their competitive advantage.
  • The province’s $15-million investment over three years is expected to leverage matching investments of almost $22 million in federal funding and $27 million in funding from participating organizations.
Alberta's Recovery Plan