Vancouver Internships


This program is on hold for this year and will not be taking place March 2018.

A unique opportunity for Grade 11/12 students to experience scientific research at an academic lab for five days over spring break. Currently, all our projects are available to metro Vancouver area students, as the labs are concentrated at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. You will be mentored by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, who will help you learn and engage in cutting edge research. This program allows you to explore careers in research, be immersed in the process of scientific inquiry, and ask lots of questions about their paths to this field and this research.

Application consists of a few short answer questions, and a 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.


Application here.

Deadline: January 16, 2017.


We will be talking about the application and selection process, as well as having Q & A for those working on applications, as well as anyone interested in the program!

First webinar here focused on the short answer questions.

Second webinar here focuses on reference letters.

Next webinar will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm PST here.

It will be available for viewing afterwards, and we will also host more workshops in the following weeks. 


This PDF has some helpful tips for preparing a successful application. Click here.


This year, we have six projects in fields including geochemistry, immunology, archaeology, geology, and genetics. Most projects will be accepting two interns for one of the two weeks of spring break, to be determined by the mentor. 

  1. Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Laura Bilenker – PCIGR (UBC)
  2. Ph.D. candidate Evelyn Frères – PCIGR (UBC)
  3. MSc. candidate Stephen Kinsey – Verheyen Lab (SFU)
  4. Ph.D. candidate Rhy McMillan – PCIGR (UBC)
  5. Ph.D. candidate Nichole Moerhuis – PCIGR (UBC)
  6. Ph.D. candidate Catherine Wu – Hancock Lab (UBC)

Descriptions can be found here.


December Application launches December 1, 2016
January Application closes January 16, 2017

Candidates may be contacted for phone/Skype interview depending on mentor selection and preference

February Successful interns notified by February 6, 2017
March Internships take place over one of:
o   March 13-17
o   March 20-24

* Schedule is subject to change


In March of 2016, a pilot of our program hosted six students at UBC’s Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research. Click here for article by Diane Hanano, Project Manager.

Lead: Megan Chan –