2020 Winter Research Internship Program at POLY-MTL

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is a leading Canadian university for the scope and intensity of its engineering research and industrial partnerships. It is highly ranked for the number of Canada Research Chairs in Engineering, the most prestigious research funding in the country, and is also first in Québec for the size of its student body and the scope of its research activities. Polytechnique Montréal has laboratories at the cutting edge of technology thanks to funding of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars from the Canada Foundation for Innovation over the past 10 years. Ranked #1 in 2017, Montréal still among the best student cities in the world.

Research Internship Program

A research internship is a research activity that is an integral part of a visiting student’s academic program at the home institution. Each year, Polytechnique’s research units welcome more than 250 students from other universities wishing to put into practice the technical and scientific knowledge acquired in their studies. The research conducted is supervised by a professor of Polytechnique and is always related to needs expressed by society or companies, and can be made in laboratories or in situ.


The recommended duration of the internship is a minimum of 4 months, usually taking place between January and May 2020. Other duration or period can be negotiated to suit your university schedule.

Financial Arrangement

■ Tuition fee waiver for the duration of the internship;

■ Free transportation from the airport to your place of residence upon your arrival;

■ Employer Compliance Fee of $230 CAD covered by Polytechnique Montréal (once the internship is confirmed, the work permit applicant must pay the requested immigration fee).

Outstanding candidates may receive one of the 30 scholarshOutstanding candidates may receive one of the 30 scholarships available ! Thanks to a partnership with Mitacs (a non-profit Canadian organization), POLY-MTL is pleased to offer a scholarship of $1500 CAD per month for a maximum of 4 months.

Eligibility Criteria

■ Being enrolled in one of Polytechnique Montréal’s partner universities;

■ Having completed at least two years of an engineering undergraduate program or at least one year of a graduate program (Master or Ph.D.) according to projects’ requirements as described in the following pages;

■ Meet the specific skills required by the supervisor if any;

■ Being fluent in French or in English (no language proficiency test is required).

Required Documents for Application

(in French or in English)

■ Application Form;

■ Letter of motivation including the following information (if you have selected 2 research projects, provide a letter of motivation for each project):

• explanations of your interest in working in the selected project

• your skills in respect to the project

■ Curriculum vitae (CV);

■ Copy of your most recent academic transcript;

■ Proof of a full-time enrollment from your home institution (the letter must confirm that you are currently enrolled in a full-time program and will continue to be enrolled upon your return);

■ If possible, a copy of an internship report made in the past.

To enhance your chances to be selected, choose 2 research projects. It can be 2 research projects from the list or 1 research project from the list and 1 supervisor from the Directory of Eaxpertise !

Application Deadline

All documents must be sent electronically by July 31, 2019 to the International Relations Office of Polytechnique Montréal:brin@polymtl.ca. Please specify in the subject “2020 Winter Research Internship Program”. Note that a conference call via Skype may be organized if needed for final selection.


The results will be announced in September 2019 to each candidate. Selected candidates will receive an “Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)” and will have to apply for a Work Permit at the Canadian Visa office that serves the area they live in. It is possible that the new Public Policy – Short-term (120-day) work permit exemption for researchers will allow you to be exempted from a work permit.


For any question regarding your application, please contact:

International Relations Office ■ point@polymtl.ca

Application closing date

31 July 2019
Applications open for this opportunity: 
5 Jun 2019
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