Mitacs announces 1,000th social sciences and humanities internship

Calgary, AB – Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit research and training organization, announces its 1,000th social sciences and humanities internship today at Congress 2016. Through Mitacs-funded research internships, social sciences and humanities interns provide Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations with increased access to the vital skills and expertise that will help them succeed in today’s marketplace.

The 1,000th internship, carried out by Mitacs intern Dania El Chaar, is part of a research project between the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling, and researchers at the University of Calgary, the University of Winnipeg, the University of British Columbia, and Memorial University. The three-year collaboration is aimed at helping refugee youth navigate school and transition into meaningful careers.

Dania, a PhD student in the Werklund School of Education, is leading the research at the University of Calgary. She’s helping conduct 50 interviews with high-school students who have been in Canada for five years or less and Canadian-born teachers, principals, vice-principals, and counsellors. Her findings will provide counsellors with additional knowledge and practical resources to counsel immigrant and refugee youth in Canada.

Rob Annan, Mitacs’ Chief Research Officer, announced the 1,000th social sciences and humanities internship this morning at The professor as social innovator – evolving roles on campus and in communities panel. The panel discussion is part of the 85th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The annual conference brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships.


Rob Annan, Chief Research Officer, Mitacs

“Interns from the social sciences and humanities bring important and valuable skills to Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations, making them more innovative, competitive, and productive. Dania’s research project showcases the importance of collaborative, research-based social sciences and humanities partnerships across Canada.”

Dania El Chaar, Mitacs intern, University of Calgary

“My Mitacs internship is enabling me to work directly with refugees on a project I am passionate about. To succeed in research, two main components are essential: a curious researcher and a supportive funder. Mitacs offers that support.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 16 years.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • Mitacs’ Accelerate program connects graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with partner organizations for research internships supervised by faculty.
  • Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.


Photo caption: Mitacs intern Dania El Chaar discusses the impact of her research.