An internship is a period of time spent by a graduate student on the premises of an industry or government partner, in order to carry out work under its direction. This internship constitutes experience accumulated outside of academia during the course of studies.
The project is normally defined by the industry or government partner, and is not related to the student’s research or thesis work. There is no intervention of an academic supervisor. The student may or may not be funded during the internship by the industry or government partner. Intellectual property should be agreed upon between the industry or government partner and the student.
A fellowship is a period of time spent on industry or government partner premises by a graduate student carrying out research work towards his or her thesis or degree. Over the duration of the fellowship, the student will typically carry out research both at the industry or government partner and at the University. The student will be supervised by an academic supervisor as well as by the industry or government partner.
The student is typically funded (at least partially) by the industry or government partner for the duration of the fellowship, such as with the NSERC-FQRNT Bourse en Milieu de Pratique (BMP) program.
With the exception of the MITACS Accelerate and Elevate Internships, which are managed by the OSR, all questions on internships and fellowships may be directed to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or to your faculty directly.