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How Graduate Student Interns Can Help Your Organization

Submitted by tloehr on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:03pm

Hiring a Transformative Talent Intern is an opportunity for you to access the talent and emerging expertise of top graduate students. 


Explore how the skills developed in graduate training can translate into a value-add for your organization by sponsoring a graduate student intern. Interns can help complete a project or achieve a goal.

Graduate training provides the opportunity for students to develop key skills, such as

  • Critical thinking
  • Data analysis
  • Project Management
  • Problem-solving
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Leadership
  • Teaching and knowledge sharing

For more information, download a Skills Internships for Graduate Students one-pager (PDF).

How it works

Graduate students may approach you with an interest in working with your organization, or they may apply for an internship position you have already created.

When you hire a Transformative Talent graduate student intern, we will ask for a position profile, the expected hours and financial support of the intern’s position.

As an internship supervisor, you will provide oversight to and regular meetings with your intern to ensure their success.

At the end of the internship, we will ask for a brief summary report to provide feedback on what the intern learned, how they contributed to your organization and whether you found the experience beneficial. The graduate student will report on their experience in mid and final reports.

International students interning in Canada must comply with Canadian immigration and visa requirements (see section 3). Students interning in other countries must comply with immigration and visa requirements of the host country.

The graduate student will be enrolled in an internship course for the duration of the internship.


It is expected that interns will be paid a reasonable wage by the host organization.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will offer a scholarship to graduate student interns of up to $8,000 to off-set your costs. The internship scholarship subsidy is additional to the financial support the graduate student receives from your organization. Transformative Talent Scholarships are offered according the number of internship hours.

Hours interning at organization

Scholarship to Graduate Student



420 – 479


360 – 419


300 – 359


240 – 299


210 – 239


Posting Internship Opportunities

If you have an open internship position, you can post the job description for free on the Graduate Student CareerLink Portal if it meets the Transformative Talent Internship requirements.

To be approved as a Transformative Talent Internship, an internship opportunity must:

  • Provide meaningful work experience
  • Include a mentor at the internship organization to provide guidance and feedback during the internship
  • Use and develop research and professional skills
  • Not be solely research-focused
  • Be full-time or part-time
  • Be a minimum of 210 hours, maximum 8 months full-time (12 months part-time)

Past Employers

Transformative Talent Interns have worked in roles such as

Transformative Talent Interns have worked with companies such as

Post an internship opportunity to the graduate student job board on CareerLink.

For more information, contact

*This project is made possible by the Government of Alberta