Several categories of internships are available:

1.      Water Resource Management

2.      Food Processing, Agri-tourism, & Water Resource Management

Unpaid Internships OR Special Topics (in Barbados or Remotely from McGill)

The following list describes unpaid internships available in Barbados. Student Interns need to travel to Barbados, and are responsible for all travel and living costs associated with the internship. Accommodation can be arranged for homestay or at Bellairs Research Institute. Networking with University of the West Indies (UWI) staff is common for additional project support and can be arranged (as needed).

Special Topics students may choose to:

  • go to Barbados (average stay is 6 weeks) working with a Barbadian mentor OR
  • work remotely from McGill on the same described project doing research under the supervision of the Barbadian mentor (using Skype, facetime, etc.).

Unpaid Internship Opportunities

  • Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre (SBRC) Internships
    • Water Usage at the SBRC and Identification and Implementation of Efficient Water Resource Management Strategies. Preference is for M.Sc. Ap. Interns from IWRM (Summer 2017 Internship report by Taghreed Chowdhury and Yingjie Wu), (Fall 2017 Internship in progress Evan Tasker and Olivia Dalati)
    • Plastic and e-waste sorting and recycling at SBRC (Summer 2017 Special Topic report by Sara Mikhail)
    • Recycling, Reusing, Mulching, Composting, at the SBRC. Interested in what happens to garbage, batteries, construction waste, used appliances, abattoir waste? Fish plant waste? Many, varied project choices.
  • National Conservation Commission (NCC) Internships
    • Agri-tourism at Farley Hill National Park
  • Greenland Livestock Research Station (Ministry of Agriculture) Internships
    • Development of value-added dairy products
    • Improving rabbit feed pellet formulations
    • Agritourism at Greenland Livestock Station
  • Central Agronomic Research Station (CARS, Ministry of Agriculture) Internship
    • Cassava feed for livestock
    • Sweet potato products
  • Sand Quarry Land Recovery  for a Park and Creation of an Arawak History Museum
    • A sand quarry on the east coast of Barbados is repurposing the site for a national park with extensive tree planting and design of several lakes.
    • Several agritouristic special topics projects are possible on this site as well as Internships related to water management.
    • Arawak artifacts have been recovered from the quarry. These will be assembled into a museum for public display. Project students needed to research Arawak history and lifestyles and to assist with educational display materials of all kinds.

Other Internships and Special Topics Projects (for mobile and remote students)

The Walking School Bus

Interested in taking one of The Walking School Bus (TWSB) Uganda Internships?

Interested in taking one of The Walking School Bus (TWSB) India Internships? Download general information about the India internships.

The following list includes Internships & Special Topics projects with The Walking Schoolbus (on site or remotely). Students may contact danielle.donnelly [at] (Dr. Donnelly) for more information.

  • The Walking School Bus Internships (Uganda or India)
    • Assess the impact of distance on attendance rates in India & how school buses can improve access to education
    • Develop a Community Supported Agriculture Model with linear programming
    • Develop and evaluate sustainable CSA gardens
    • Investigate and implement the TWSB Chicken Coop Model


Internships in Barbados and Uganda are eligible for Special Topics or Project credits. In some cases, these can be used towards a McGill Field Study Minor.


Basic Mobility Award -  minimum duration of study abroad (61 days) &  minimum credits (6). The award amount varies but is usually $1500.

The FAES Internship Program for undergraduate students offers the options FAES 200 (0 credit) or FAES 300 (3 credit). “Placement must be for a minimum of 10 weeks, minimum at full-time (35h/week) or equivalent, in a position relevant to student's field of academic study.” The Internship Officer at Mac is kendra.gray [at] (Kendra Gray).

The Macdonald Internship Award. The Internship Officer at Mac is kendra.gray [at] (Kendra Gray).

Faculty of Arts-Internship Program. Check the Arts Internship Awards.

Internship Reports - Summer 2017

Identifying the Water Usage at the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre and Efficient Water Resources Management Strategies  |  Taghreed Chowdhury and Yingjie Wu