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Submitted by tloehr on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 2:41pm

You’re in charge!

A Transformative Talent Internship is an internship with unlimited possibilities because you arrange it yourself. Job hunting is an important life skill. Develop it now by searching for and securing your internship.

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

  • Be approved by your graduate supervisor and graduate program
  • Provide meaningful work experience that will use the skills you’re developing in your graduate program
  • Include a mentor at your internship organization to provide guidance and feedback during the internship
  • Use and develop your research and professional skills
  • Be a minimum of 210 hours, and a maximum of 8 months full-time (or 12 months part-time)
  • Not be solely research-focused
    • If the opportunity is a research internship it may fit into Mitacs’ internship program. Contact Oba Harding at for more information.

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.

Students travelling outside of Canada for an internship will be required to register their travel with UCalgary Risk Management and Insurance.

Ways to find an internship

Job hunting is an important skill. As a graduate student, you know what kind of internship placement will be best for you. You are the most qualified person to identify how your knowledge, skills, and abilities can benefit and organization. You might know companies, industries, government agencies and community groups related to your area of study or career goals. Before you apply for a Transformative Talent Internship, identify and approach organizations you want to work with. Learn what they need and how you can help.


The vast majority of internships are found through networking. Approach organizations you’re interested in working with. You can ask for a meeting to discuss how you can help them.

Step 1: Research organizations that can use your skills. Discuss internship ideas with your graduate supervisor.

Step 2: Contact those organizations to learn what they do and how your skills can help. Use this email template to request an information interview.

Step 3: Meet with people who are interested in hosting you as an intern. Share with them about Transformative Talent Internships. Download and share this Internships for Graduate Students one pager (PDF).

Step 4: Once you come to an agreement with the organization, apply for a Transformative Talent Internship.

Job postings

You can find postings for internship opportunities on online job boards.

Approved postings on the Graduate Student CareerLink portal are a good match for Transformative Talent Internships. (But they aren’t the only opportunities! If you find an internship opportunity elsewhere, it may still be eligible!) Check CareerLink frequently for new opportunities.

Internship resources

There are many resources on campus to help you develop your job search skills and find an internship.

Your Colleagues

Talk with your academic supervisor, professors, fellow graduate students, and alumni about careers people in your field or with similar skills pursue. Foster relationships to build your network and find the hidden job market.

Career Specialists

Dedicated Master’s, PhD, and International Career Specialists in Career Services are available to meet with you to help with job search, resumes, and cover letters.

Career Liaison

The Graduate Students’ Association Career Liaison is available to discuss all things career-related, including career exploration, job search, and informational interviews.

Workshops and Events

My GradSkills Partners offer workshops and events throughout the year. Workshop topics include identifying transferable skills, networking, CV and resume developing, interview skills, and more. Check the calendar regularly.

My CareerSkills Toolkit

This free book is full of tips, exercises and resources to help you explore your career goals and find and apply for opportunities. Come by the My GradSkills office to pick up your copy. Can’t make it to campus? Download a PDF copy.

Versatile PhD (VPhD)

View real resumes and career journeys of people with graduate degrees. Join the discussion forum to ask and answer questions. Log in to VPhD with your UCalgary ID to access this resource for free.



*This project is made possible by the Government of Alberta