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Research and training internships

A research or training internship provides you with an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the world of Québec R&D and lay the groundwork for future collaborations. Please note that most of the links in this section are in French only.

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Scientific at work

A research or training internship provides you with an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the world of Québec R&D and lay the groundwork for future collaborations. Please note that most of the links in this section are in French only.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hosting of research and training interns from outside of Canada is only possible if they fulfill all of the following additional conditions:

  • They are eligible for an LMIA-exempt work permit
  • They are able to travel to Canada
  • They agree to assume the risks related to their immigration process, travel, entry into Canada and quarantine

It is your responsibility to make sure you meet eligibility criteria before initiating the process.

Finding an internship supervisor

You are responsible for finding a professor who agrees to host you and supervise your project. 

Visit the Find a research topic and supervisor page for advice on the best way to proceed based on your field of study, and for resources to help you identify a professor you would like to work with. Please remember that responsibility for finding a supervisor lies entirely with you.

Checking your eligibility

To qualify as an intern, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Currently be a student at a Canadian university outside Québec or a foreign university.
  • Be invited and supervised by a regular UL faculty member who agrees to oversee your internship
  • Have read Foreign workers and interns, signed the Agreement - Foreign Workers and Interns form and sent it to your supervisor if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and are from outside of Canada 
  • Have the required financial resources for your entire stay (return plane ticket, travel during your internship, accommodations, living expenses, and insurance, if necessary).
  • Respect the condition regarding the maximum duration of the internship (12 months per level of study).
  • Successfully complete immigration procedures authorizing temporary entry in Canada  

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you must successfully complete immigration procedures authorizing temporary entry in Canada 

Important

The status of training or research intern cannot be extended beyond 12 months. If you wish to stay longer, it's best to explore other mobility options instead (e.g., PhD co-supervision, regular admission).

Invitation process

Invitations for training and research internships can only be issued by regular faculty members at Université Laval. The International Office cannot help applicants find an internship.

Agreement for research and training interns from outside of Canada

Once you find a professor who agrees to host you and supervise your internship, you must, if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, read Foreign workers and interns, sign the Agreement - Foreign Workers and Interns form and send it to the professor so that they can initiate the invitation process.

Internship agreement

Once you have found a professor willing to host you and supervise your project, you will need to agree upon the terms of your internship by completing and signing a training or research internship agreement (DOC).

The internship agreement must be signed by the research supervisors at all institutions concerned. 

Invitation letter 

Your supervisor at Université Laval will provide you with an invitation letter you can use to undertake temporary immigration procedures, if necessary.

Professors who wish to invite an intern must consult the information on hosting training and research interns.

Immigration procedures

Allow at least four months between the time you start immigration procedures and your planned date of arrival at Université Laval. View the information on work permits and visa requirements.

If you are an intern from outside of Canada, your internship supervisor will send you a letter of support vouching for the essential nature of your physical presence.

Essential travel to Canada means travel for reasons that are non-discretionary and non-optional, and the letter of support for the research or training intern must attest to this necessity.

Please note, however, that these documents do not guarantee your entry into Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will determine whether you meet the criteria for entry into Canada.

Preparing for your internship

As a training or research intern, you agree to carry out your internship in accordance with the policies and rules in effect, in particular with regard to intellectual property, ethics, and the culture of the host community, to the best of your abilities and in a spirit of cooperation with your colleagues. The internship must be the main reason for your being at Université Laval, which means you will not be authorized to hold a paying job.

A few days before your departure, you must inform us of your arrival by filling out the arrival confirmation form.

You must submit this form along with:

  • Your quarantine plan
  • The Agreement - Foreign Workers and Interns form 
  • The letter of support from your supervisor
  • The letter of invitation with the LMIA exempt job offer number
  • The copy of the work permit or the letter approving the work permit (introduction letter)

Steps to take upon arrival

To help interns from outside of Canada comply with the health requirements of the Canadian authorities (Public Health Agency of Canada) the University will provide them with general information on the mandatory quarantine required upon arrival.

Failure of the training or research intern to comply with health requirements may result in a fine of up to $750,000, a prison sentence of six months or a ban from Canada of one year.

The first step to take upon your arrival will be to register with the Registrar’s Office. Registration documents must be emailed to the Registrar’s Office at sfr@reg.ulaval.ca.

Documents to provide to the Registrar’s Office

  • Admission and registration form (PDF)
  • Work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (if any)
  • Passport valid for the duration of your stay
  • Your temporary resident visa (if required)
  • Invitation letter 
  • Temporary address in Québec

You cannot start your internship until you receive the confirmation email, which is why it’s important to arrive a few days early to complete these formalities.

During your internship, you must also advise the Registrar’s Office of any changes to your file (contact information, length of stay, etc.) by writing to sfr@reg.ulaval.ca.