Mitacs is seeking undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students to work as Globalink Mentors for the summer of 2018. As a Globalink Mentor, you are expected to commit on average 5hrs/week to this four or five month position, and will be compensated $1,400 CDN and $1,700 CDN respectively.

During the spring/summer of 2018, students from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine will come to Canada to complete a 12-week research internship at a Canadian university through the Mitacs Globalink program. Most of our Globalink Research Interns (GRIs) have never been to Canada and they will need on-the-ground support during their stay. We are hiring a small but mighty group of mature students to help our GRIs get settled, work hard, see Canada and participate in all we have to offer!

The Mitacs Globalink program is doing important work to help improve the innovation capacity of Canada, and we need people just like you to help us make this work. For information on Globalink Research Internships, please visit the following webpage:

About Mitacs

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit research organization that manages and funds research and training programs in partnership with companies, government and academia. Through unique research and training programs it fosters cutting-edge research and supports the development of the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people.

Position Summary

The role of a Globalink Mentor is to provide health, safety, and social support for between four to seven Globalink Research Interns (GRIs) between May 1 and September 30, 2018, for either a 4 or 5 month contract. Some email communication is also required in the month of April to arrange airport pick-up. Globalink Mentors help GRIs become oriented to their host university and the surrounding area, and provide ongoing weekly support. The position requires a commitment of around 5hrs/week. More work is required at the beginning of the term when the GRIs arrive; less work is required throughout the summer as the GRIs become more comfortable with their surroundings.

Key Responsibilities

A. Welcome

  • Prepares a (1-page minimum) welcome package and sends to GRIs before arrival.
  • Attends training provided by Mitacs to all Globalink Mentors.
  • Provides pre-arrival information to the GRI as they prepare to arrive in Canada.
  • Meets assigned GRIs at the airport, escorts them to their accommodation.
  • Arranges to meet with GRIs shortly after arrival (within 1-2 days) to give them a tour of the campus.
  • Supports GRI to open a bank account in accordance with Mitacs instructions.
  • Introduces each GRI to their professor (either in person or via email).
  • Helps GRIs pay any student or medical insurance fees to their host university.

B. Social Events

Organizes two social events for all assigned GRIs. A budget is supplied for Globalink Mentors in advance.

C. Ongoing Support

Contacts GRIs at least once a week to check up on them and answer their questions. Acts as an emergency contact for GRIs.

D. Wrap-up and Reporting

Meets with each GRI one week before departure to make sure their paperwork is in order and that they are prepared for departure. Submits a brief mid-term and final report with a description of experiences and feedback. Submits a final expense claim detailing how the advance for transportation and social events was spent.


Due to the staggered academic calendars of GRIs, there are three available timelines. Applicants will be asked to rank their preference, but ultimately the Globalink team will assign successful applicants to a specific category based on the schedule of the GRIs attending the institution. Please alert the Globalink team to any restrictions which may affect your availability.

May 1 – August 31 (4 months - $1,400 CDN)

June 1 – September 30 (4 months - $1,400 CDN)

May 1 – September 30 (5 months - $1,700 CDN)

Required Qualifications

  • Must have attended the host university for 2 years or more (or is a Globalink Alumni who is now a Canadian graduate student)
  • Applicants should be based at the host university for 80% or more of the summer
  • Legally permitted to work off-campus in Canada
  • Must be able to speak and communicate in English


  • Understands international students and their needs;
  • Experienced, understanding, and respectful of cultural differences;
  • Strong familiarity with the host university and local community;
  • Experienced as a Residence Don/Advisor, or supervising other students;
  • Involvement in extra-curricular clubs, hobbies, and activities; and
  • Canadian driver’s license (beneficial, but not required to have)

Apply now:

To join our team for summer 2018 please e-mail your resume and cover letter to globalinkhire(at) The title of your job application email should be “University X – Application for the Globalink Mentor Job”. X represents the name of the institution at which you are applying to be a Globalink Mentor in the email title and text. Your resume should include the university you are attending and the program that you are enrolled in (i.e., PhD program in Mechanical Engineering).

The application deadline is March 30, 2018.

Thank you for your interest in in joining the Mitacs Globalink team, we look forward to hearing from you!

Participating Universities in 2018:

  • Athabasca University – Athabasca
  • Athabasca University – Edmonton
  • Carleton University – Ottawa
  • Concordia University – Montréal
  • Dalhousie University – Halifax
  • École de technologie supérieure – Montréal
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal – Montréal
  • Emily Carr University of Art & Design (ECUAD) – Vancouver
  • Lakehead University – Thunder Bay
  • MacEwan University – Edmonton
  • McGill University – Montréal
  • McMaster University – Hamilton
  • OCAD University – Toronto
  • Queen's University – Kingston
  • Ryerson University – Toronto
  • Simon Fraser University – Burnaby
  • Simon Fraser University – Surrey
  • Thompson Rivers University – Kamloops
  • Trinity Western University – Langley
  • Université de Moncton – Moncton campus
  • Université de Montréal – Montréal
  • Université de Sherbrooke – Longueuil
  • Université de Sherbrooke – Sherbrooke
  • Université d'Ottawa – Ottawa
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi – Chicoutimi
  • Université du Québec à Montréal – Montréal
  • Université du Québec à Trois–Rivières – Trois–Rivières
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais – Outaouais
  • Université INRS – Québec
  • Université INRS – INRS–Institut Armand–Frappier
  • Université INRS – Laval
  • Université INRS – Montréal
  • Université INRS – Québec city
  • Université INRS – Varennes
  • Université Laval – Québec City
  • University of British Columbia – Kelowna
  • University of British Columbia – Vancouver
  • University of Calgary – Calgary
  • University of Guelph – Guelph
  • University of Lethbridge – Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba – Winnipeg
  • University of New Brunswick – Fredericton
  • University of Northern British Columbia – Prince George
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology – Oshawa
  • University of Ottawa – Ottawa
  • University of Regina – Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan – Saskatoon
  • University of Toronto – Mississauga
  • University of Toronto – Toronto
  • University of Victoria – Victoria
  • University of Waterloo – Cambridge
  • University of Waterloo – Waterloo
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Windsor – Windsor
  • University of Winnipeg - Winnipeg
  • Vancouver Island University – Nanaimo
  • Western University – London
  • Wilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo 
  • York University – Toronto