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."
Jacob Ziegler, Natural Resource Sciences
"This experience has helped me tremendously professionally. I have further developed my network with Canadian government scientists and managers working within my field. I will be continuing on with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and have now started several collaborations with government and academic partners. This program has really helped to bridge the academic government divide that often occurs in ecology.
"I am incredibly grateful for this program and the opportunity it has given me. I really hope this program continues, it is essential that universities adapt to the job market. Unfortunately, jobs for graduates with advanced degrees seem increasingly difficult to come by and programs like these are so helpful for getting in the door."
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."
Kedar Mate, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
"I strongly believe this internship program will benefit graduates like myself to connect and work with experts and researchers outside their current academic environment. This internship offers the required flexibility that works perfectly with the host supervisor who has other commitments and graduates who are towards the end of their program.
"This was amazing learning and networking opportunity, thanks to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office to support my internship. I gained valuable insights into working of other labs and learn various projects that would not have been possible without this generous support. My internship will lead to future collaborations necessary for successful academic career."
Martin Rupp, Experimental Medicine
"Collaboration with my colleagues and feedback that I received during my internship helped me to improve my scientific writing skills, interpersonal skills and communication skills.
"My internship at Pfizer in Medical Information was a great and exciting experience. I had the chance to learn a lot about the roles and processes associated with Medical Information and other departments at Pfizer. It was also a great opportunity to expand my professional network by meeting with colleagues from different departments at Pfizer Canada and globally. The strong collaboration between team members and the feedback that I received, helped me improve my skills. Moreover, I was given a lot of opportunities to work on important projects (2 product launches, global content development, etc.). This experience also helped me in my decision making process for my future career."
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."
Vanessa Sung, Biochemistry
"My internship was in the office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada. While my work during the internship was not directly related to my formal training as a biochemist, it required many of the critical (“soft”) skills I have developed throughout my degree – predominantly communication, collaborative, and analytical skills. I was, however, also frequently consulted on topics in which I had expertise, namely basic/health research, skills development for today's science trainee, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion in science. This experience was a fantastic exercise in using scientific training in a different way and transferring knowledge to diverse audiences. This internship has also opened up opportunities for me to pursue a career in science policy, which I intend to do in the near future. I highly recommend the Doctoral Internship Program to other students at McGill and I believe that this is the type of program that should be available to doctoral students at all institutions."
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.”