Calgary High School Research Internship Program 2018

The STEM Fellowship UCalgary Internship Program will run from March 25-29, 2019. All details pertaining to the Internship Program will be updated shortly.


Program description:

Our program, coordinated by the University of Calgary STEM Fellowship Branch, offers students the unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research at a University of Calgary laboratory. This program will take place for five days during spring break and will enable students to explore the world of research, be immersed in the process of scientific inquiry, and ask questions about possible paths to this field. Participants will engage in activities including tours of first-class research facilities, introductions to basic techniques and experiments using state-of-the-art equipment, shadowing of lab personnel and attending lab meetings, seminars and faculty presentations. Students will be mentored one-on-one by graduate students and will be involved in the hands-on experiments that their mentors are working on.


Project descriptions:

Please see this link for a list of the projects that our participating labs are currently working on. On the application form, students can rank the projects in which they are most interested and we will do our best to place students in one of their top three choices. 


2018 Internship Testimonials:

This program was a great success last year, with 153 student applications and 23 students selected to conduct research in 11 different labs. Students explored areas of research including biomechanics, climate change, rheology, nanotechnology, brain stimulation, stem cells, bioinformatics, energy innovation, disease prevention, transplant immunology and more. In addition, students and teachers were invited to a reception to meet their peers and network with accomplished researchers. Click here for a link to testimonials from students who participated in our 2018 internships program.





Application requirements:

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria in order for consideration: Must be enrolled in a Canadian high school in grade 11 or 12
  • Must demonstrate an interest in STEM research
  • Must complete application form and submit all required documentation prior to the deadline
  • Must be at least 15 years of age as of March 1st, 2018

The application consists of three short answer questions and submission of a transcript and letter of reference from someone who can speak about you as a learner and a person. Possible referees could include a teacher, coach, or someone in the community who you’ve worked with.

Below is a link to our application form –

Applications open on October 30, 2017 and will be open until  January 22, 2018 at 11:59 pm MDT. Please click here for our guidebook which has some helpful tips on preparing applications.

Click here for a link to testimonials from students who participated in our 2018 internships program.

October Application launches November 26, 2018
November/December Opportunity for applicants to contact University of Calgary STEM Fellowship team with questions on writing a strong application 
January Application closes December 21, 2018
February Successful interns notified by February 12, 2019
March/April Internships take place over one of:

o   March 25-29


Students accepted into the program will be responsible for:

  • Travel arrangements to and from the lab
  • Completing safety courses (if necessary) prior to beginning the internship and following lab safety protocols during the week*
  • Completing a University of Calgary Young Persons Accessing Laboratories Waiver and a STEM Fellowship Waiver prior to beginning the internship program
  • Completing a feedback survey following the internship

*Selected interns will be contacted by their respective labs prior to the beginning of their internships regarding necessary safety courses


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