Application deadline: February 9, 2020

Mitacs is seeking undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students to work as Globalink Mentors for the summer of 2020. As a Globalink Mentor, you are expected to commit on average 5hrs/week to this four to five month position, and will be compensated $20/hour respectively.

During the spring/summer of 2020, students from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Tunisia, United Kingdom, 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 around five Globalink Research Interns (GRIs) between May and September 2020. 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.

B. Social Events

Organizes two social events for all assigned GRIs. A budget is supplied by Mitacs.

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 that they are prepared for departure. Submits a final report with a description of experiences and feedback. Submits a final expense claim for arrival transportation and social event costs.

Employment timeline

Training is provided by Mitacs in April. GRIs assigned to a mentor may arrive 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 2 years or more (or is a Globalink Alumni who is now a Canadian graduate student)
  • Must remain in the host city/town 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;
  • 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 2020, please submit your resume and cover letter at:

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

​Application deadline: February 9, 2020 - Early applications are strongly encouraged


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