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Mitacs Globalink Research Internships at Concordia

Mitacs Globalink Research Internships at Concordia

Since 2012, Concordia has been pleased to welcome an increasing number of Mitacs Globalink Research Interns to conduct faculty-supervised research internships for 12 weeks between May and September each year.  

Coming to Concordia as a Globalink Research Intern (GRI)

  • As a GRI at Concordia, you are considered as an Academic Visitor rather than a student. Please review the Policy on Academic Visitors (VPRGS-10) for more information about what this implies. 
  • Once Mitacs has confirmed your placement at Concordia, your host professor will need to submit an Academic Visitor Request Form to Concordia International. Your host professor will contact you for the information needed in order to complete the form.
  • Once Concordia International receives the completed form, you will receive a Letter of Invitation (LOI) and an Acceptance Form outlining the details of your placement at Concordia. Ensure that you sign and return the Acceptance Form as instructed in the document.
  • You are responsible for obtaining any immigration documents required for you to enter Canada and conduct your research project at Concordia. According to current Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) regulations, Globalink Research Interns are required to obtain a work permit. Any questions about immigration procedures and processes should be directed to Mitacs at international@mitacs.ca.

Status at Concordia

As an Academic Visitor, you will not be able to register for courses and you will not have access to the same types of services offered to registered, tuition-paying Concordia students.

It is important to note that as an Academic Visitor, you will not be eligible for reduced fares on the metro and bus systems. According to the regulations of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), in order to qualify for the reduced-fare transit pass, you must be a full-time student at an institution recognized by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS).

Finding Accommodation in Montreal 

Finding accommodations in Montreal is relatively easy and inexpensive when compared to other major North American cities. To get started on finding out how to search for an apartment in Montreal, please visit Concordia’s page on off-campus housing.

Depending on your internship placement dates, you may also be able to request on-campus accommodations. For more information, please visit Summer Accommodations.

Pre-departure Information

Review the Concordia website before leaving home and make note of key information (building addresses, phone numbers, office opening hours, etc.) as you may not have internet access immediately when you arrive to Montreal.

Verify whether your internship will be conducted at the Sir George Williams (downtown campus) or Loyola campus so that you know where to go on your first day.

Once you know when you will be arriving, you should contact your supervising professor to schedule an appointment to meet her or him, visit the location where you will be conducting your research internship and coordinate any other remaining details.

Ensure you have some cash with you when you arrive to Montreal, as you may not be able to use your credit card everywhere.

Arrival Information

As soon as you arrive, you should obtain a Concordia University ID.  It will give you access to certain parts of the campus, such as the library, as well as the shuttle bus. To obtain an ID, please take your Letter of Invitation (LOI), Passport, Work Permit and your address in Montreal to Human Resources (Faubourg Tower, 1250 Guy Street, Suite FB-1130).

It may take a few days for you to receive your Concordia ID card, therefore you should be prepared to use public transportation to travel between campuses during your first week.

Please note: Many university services (e.g. libraries, health services) and administrative offices will have different opening hours during the summer months when GRIs are on campus. You should verify the specific department/office webpage ahead of time to make sure it is open when you plan to visit.

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