Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Applied Research Indigenous Internship program is funded by the the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Mobilize grant with the purpose of encouraging and supporting Indigenous students’ participation in applied research and scholarly activities. Allocation of the Indigenous internships is made through a competitive nomination process by the Office of Applied Research and Innovation Internship (OARII) committee. Internship funding is administered through the Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI).
What is applied research?
Internships are available to current students and recent graduates (up to two years from graduation) who identify as Indigenous. Interns can be nominated by a researcher, research unit, or faculty engaged-in/planning research.
All Saskatchewan Polytechnic faculty, researchers and staff who identify Indigenous students interested in participating in applied research projects are encouraged to nominate an intern.
The researcher who provides a student nomination will serve as the student’s supervisor.
The Applied Research Indigenous Internships must be filled by an Indigenous student identifying as:
- First Nations
Eligible internships are:
- Between three and 12 months in duration
- Full-time or part-time
- Meaningful work experience within the student’s career goals
- Can be a single applied research project or several throughout the internship
Application selection process
Here is what to expect when submitting your student nomination:
- Detail the internship activities:
- The work the intern will undertake.
- The mentorship and training they will experience.
- Nominations will be accepted while internship funds for the current fiscal year available.
- The OARI committee will review all nominations and inform nominators of their application status.
Applied Research Indigenous Student Internships will be selected based on:
- Quality of internship opportunity: mentorship, training, and work experience for interns in applied research activities.
- How this internship will help meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context.
Applied Research Indigenous Internships funds are used for intern’s salary. Supervisors must establish an employment agreement with interns. Interns must be paid following a regular Sask Polytech payment cycle.
Funding cannot be used:
- For positions already receiving salary from a research grant.
- For a currently filled position.
- Internship grant from another program delivery partner.
Announcement of awards
Applicants complete the electronic application form and submit it to their dean’s office. The dean’s office will submit on behalf of the applicant to OARI.
For further information and/or assistance in completing applications, contact
Paula Lindain, applied research student and EDII research coordinator
Office of Applied Research and Innovation