Internships & Programs


Kids Brain Health Network is working with another centre of excellence, MITACS, to offer a unique internship program called MITACS Accelerate that connects companies and other organizations with advanced expertise at universities. A graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, working under the guidance of a professor, links the partner organization with the university. Each 4-month internship is valued at $15,000: partner organizations contribute $7500, which is matched by the Accelerate program. A total of $15,000 funding is sent to the supervising professor for each internship. The graduate student or post doctoral fellow is paid a minimum stipend of $10,000 with the remaining funds supporting other costs associated with the research. All disciplines are eligible to participate in the program and applications can be made at any time.

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Contact Tom Philpott at for further information on Accelerate training opportunities.


Laboratory Exchange Internships

North American and International internships for career development of Kids Brain Health trainees (travel and small stipend up to 3 month term).

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Journalism Internships

Opportunity available for Kids Brain Health trainees with interest in Science Journalism (potential for placement with Nature, Discovery Channel, Scientific American, Vancouver Sun, UBC).

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Step Program

Kids Brain Health partners with MITACS to help build 'soft skills', a skills gap recognized by various organizations, including NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies.

Soft skills include interpersonal communication, team work, and project management, which are viewed as important as more traditional approaches to education and technical training.

By building on advanced education, Kids Brain Health and MITACS provide Step workshops and seminars that position young Canadians as future innovators and entrepreneurs and open opportunities for them to connect with potential employers and collaborators.

Step workshops and seminars are currently open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows including past, current and prospective interns, and students in the Kids Brain Health and MITACS network.

The Step program includes the following ‘soft-skill’ curriculum areas to bridge the academic and industry communities:

  • Basics of the business environment
  • Communication
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship and intellectual property

Contact Tom Philpott at for further information on the Step Program.