Ademola Adekunle, Bioresource Engineering
“I see it as the next step beyond what I did at McGill. We are working on actualizing that project beyond what you write on paper on the thesis; I applied it to the real world. So for me, the internship was the perfect complement.”
Mark Keboa, Dentistry
"The DIP is a well-conceived project that will come as a relief to many students. I am convinced that the experience will help future graduates align their skills and knowledge to the dream job. In my view, the DIP is a strategy that can allay the worries of the frequently asked question:what next?"
Vanessa Lopez, Experimental Medicine
"This program gave me the opportunity to make a bridge between academia and professional development. Basically, you apply what you learn in your PhD here."
Gabrielle Simard, Physics
"I would recommend the Individual Development Plan: I think this tool provides a good opportunity to re-evaluate goals after the PhD and to identify strengths and weaknesses. I would also recommend the Microfiches nonprofit organization for open-minded candidates, who would be willing to work in an environment that is very different from a lab setting and who are interested by project management, knowledge mobilization and arts and science collaborations."
Jeremie Abitbol, Experimental Medicine
"A dominant feature of McGill’s coat of arms is that regal red martlet, a mythical bird lacking feet, impeding its ability to land and necessitating it to keep flying. McGill’s doctoral internship program is a testament to that symbol, encouraging us to apply the tools acquired in the university to a different enterprise and keep flying with it.
"I chose to do my internship with the healthcare team at OurCrowd, a venture capital firm that invests in startups via a novel equity crowdfunding platform geared towards accredited investors worldwide. My doctoral program was undoubtedly an invaluable training ground for my work there.
"In my case, the doctoral internship program was a bridge between evaluating innovation in practice to assessing it at a more upstream stage in the R&D and commercialization processes.
"I am fortunate to have had this unique opportunity and I owe a debt of gratitude to the warm and welcoming team at OurCrowd, my incredible team at the Jewish General Hospital, the McGill GPS office, and the Doctoral Internship Program. A sincere thank you."
Nazem El Husseini, Pharmacology
"The Doctoral Internship Program is an excellent initiative that made it possible for me to pursue a career that I am passionate about.
"Through the program, I managed to secure a three-month internship in Health Canada, working as a risk assessor of the potential hazardous effects of environmental chemicals in Canada. This position perfectly complemented the theoretical knowledge I've gained through the pharmacology and toxicology courses I took at McGill, and allowed me to put it into practice for the benefit of all Canadians. As a result of my academic background and my work during the internship, I was offered a permanent position at Health Canada soon after I graduated.
"I strongly recommend doctoral students at McGill to apply for the program and seize this unique opportunity to gain valuable job skills, apply their academic knowledge and kickstart their career."
Saviz Moghtadernejad, Civil Engineering
"The goal of the research was to perform real-time structural health monitoring … (Champlain Bridge in this case)…
"This was a good opportunity for me to communicate with other professionals from various disciplines and build my management skills and be more confident in an industrial work place. Moreover, through this experience I was introduced to several other companies and professionals and built professional connections, along with making new friends at the company."
Vanja Polic, Chemistry
"I was further able to hone my presentation skills and work on my professionalism and communication. Moreover, I put effort into interacting with as many of my colleagues as possible to improve my networking skills.
"Personally, this experience instilled more confidence in me regarding my preparedness for entering the professional industry after my PhD. Professionally, I feel I developed a strong professional network in an industry and geographic area in which I did not have one before. I also gained insight into the structure and dynamics of the company and am more aware of how I can contribute in any future job position."
Yasmin Schuermann, Animal Science
“Valacta is a major player in advancing research in the Quebec dairy industry and is thus, well known at the Macdonald Campus. I approached them about possibilities to assist with ongoing projects, and I was fortunate to [have been] given the opportunity to work on a project focused on the current status of ketosis on Quebec dairy farms… This internship allowed me to enhance my knowledge of the current Quebec dairy industry and the challenges it faces… Working with the research and development team at Valacta, I had the chance to meet a number of people all working towards improving the Quebec dairy industry focusing on different areas of research…
“Overall, it was wonderful to be involved in the behind the scene action and also contribute my ideas to the development of projects. Not only did I learn more about the dairy industry, I also gained more confidence in my ability to contribute to a team effort.”