APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 20, 2022  

Mitacs is hiring a small but mighty group of mature students to help our Globalink interns get settled, work hard, and have a great experience in Canada this summer! As a Globalink Mentor, you are expected to commit on average 10 hrs/week to this four- to five-month position and will be compensated $20 an hour. 

During the summer of 2022, undergraduate students from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States will complete a 12-week research internship at a Canadian university through the Mitacs Globalink program. While most of our Globalink research interns (GRIs) will come to Canada, there is likelihood that some may participate from their home countries if travel restrictions persist due to COVID-19. This mentor role is most likely in-person, with a possibility of being online/virtual, contingent on the status of your mentee.

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 the Globalink Research Internship program, please visit the following webpage: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/globalink/globalink-research-internship 

About Mitacs 

Mitacs is a national not-for-profit that helps industry and not-for-profit partners solve strategic challenges by leveraging Canada’s world-class post-secondary talent and a global network of industry, academic, and government partnerships. Through these collaborations, Mitacs helps business and community partners succeed, improves students’ on-the-job skills development, and strengthens Canada’s world-class innovation ecosystem. At Mitacs, we strive to develop the next generation of innovators with vital research and business skills. In partnership with domestic and international companies, governments, and academia, we support a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource — its people. 

Position Summary 

The role of a Globalink Mentor is to provide support for around ten Globalink Research Interns (GRIs) between May and October. Some email communication is also required in the month of April to connect with interns before they begin their internships. Globalink Mentors help GRIs become oriented to their host university and provide ongoing weekly support. The position requires a commitment of around 10 hrs/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. 

Key Responsibilities 

A. Welcome 

  • Prepares a (one-page minimum) welcome package and sends to GRIs before arrival 
  • Attends online training provided by Mitacs to all Globalink Mentors 
  • Provides pre-arrival information to the GRI as they prepare to arrive in Canada 
  • For in-person internships: 
    • Follows up with GRI to confirm they have arrived and to answer initial questions about the host town/city 
    • Ensures GRI have information about campus and understand how to reach their research location 
    • Supports GRI to open a bank account in accordance with Mitacs instructions (for example, recommending a branch near the campus) 
  • For virtual internships:  
    • Follows up with GRI after internship start date to confirm they have begun and answer initial questions about the host university 

B. Social Events 

Organizes two social events for all assigned GRIs.  

C. Ongoing Support 

Contacts GRIs at least once every two weeks to check up on them and answer their questions. Perform additional support work as assigned by Mitacs.  

D. Wrap-up and Reporting 

Contacts each GRI one week before internship end date to make sure they are prepared for departure (if applicable) and end of their internship. Submits a final survey to describe the experience and provide feedback.  

Employment Timeline 

Training is provided by Mitacs in April. GRIs assigned to a mentor may begin their internships in May, June, or July, and remain in Canada for approximately three months. Applicants will be asked to notify Mitacs of any scheduling conflicts, but ultimately Mitacs will assign GRIs to mentors based on the schedule of the GRIs attending the institution. Please alert the Globalink team to any restrictions which may affect your availability. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Must have attended the host university for two years or more (or is a Globalink alumnus who is now a Canadian graduate student) 
  • Must remain in the host city/town for 80% or more of the summer if mentorship is in-person 
  • Legally permitted to work off-campus in Canada 
  • Must be able to speak and communicate in English or French 

Assets 

  • Understands international students and their needs 
  • Experienced in navigating and respectful of cultural differences 
  • Strong familiarity with the host university and local community 
  • Experience as a Residence Don/Advisor, or supervising other students 
  • Involvement in extra-curricular clubs, hobbies, and activities 

Apply now: 

To join our team for summer 2022 please submit your application here:
https://www.mitacs.ca/en/2022-globalink-mentor-application-form  

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

Application deadline: February 20, 2022. Early applications are encouraged. 

Questions? 

Please contact our team at globalinkhire@mitacs.ca 

Participating Universities: 

Please see a list of participating universities in the application form.