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Undergraduate Summer Research Internships

Our undergraduate summer internships allow you to discover the world of research. You will put your knowledge into practice. You will participate in innovative and exciting research projects within an interdisciplinary team.

The application period for internships scheduled between May and August 2023 closed on until February 1, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time, Canada).

Who can do an undergraduate summer internship?

Our undergraduate summer research internships are intended for students who have completed at least one year of study in an undergraduate natural sciences, engineering, health sciences, or social sciences program.

An undergraduate summer research internship is a unique opportunity to discover whether the world of research is for you!

Eligibility requirements:

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  1. Completion of at least one year of study in an undergraduate program prior to the start of the natural science, engineering, health science, or social science internship.
  2. An academic record that would allow you to be accepted into graduate school at a Quebec university. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 out of 4.3 or equivalent is usually required.

What training fields are eligible?

Several undergraduate training fields are eligible for a undergradute summer internship. They are classified by INRS research areas.

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Environmental Science and Geoscience

Eligible training fields

Agronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Engineering (aerospace, civil, chemical, water, geological, computer, mechanical, physical), Physical geography, Geology, Geomatics, Information technology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

Where are the internships held?

Internships take place at Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre, Québec City.

Advanced Technologies

Eligible training fields

  • Physics
  • Physical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Optics
  • Photonics
  • Material sciences and engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Applied mathematics

Where are the internships held?

Internships take place at Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre, Varennes and Montreal.

Health Sciences and Biotechnologies

Eligible training fields

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Animal health
  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cellular biology
  • Chemistry
  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Food safety
  • Food sciences
  • Immunology
  • Molecular biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Parasitology
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary microbiology
  • Virology

Where are the internships held?

Internships take place at Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre, Laval.

Some internships could take place on the campus of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) with INRS professors from the INRS-UQAC Joint Research Unit in Sustainable Health.

Social Sciences

Eligible training fields

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Demography
  • Economy
  • Geography
  • History
  • History of art
  • Information studies
  • Political science
  • Population studies
  • Quebec studies
  • Sociology
  • Social work
  • Urban planning
  • Urban studies

Where are the internships held?

Internships take place at Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre, Québec City and Montreal.

What are the topics of the undergraduate summer internships?

The subject of most internships is offered directly to the person whose application has been accepted. However, some undergraduate summer internships are advertised in our internship directory. Filter your search by Degree level to find a summer undergraduate internship.

Are summer internships funded?

Yes. Summer undergradute internships come with a scholarship of between $6,125 and $7,500.

Some interns will be eligible for one or more of the following scholarship programs (in French): INRS, NSERC, Armand-Frappier Foundation, Urbanisation Culture Société.

How long is a summer internship?

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An undergraduate summer research internship lasts from 10 to 16 weeks.

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How to apply

You can submit your application by February 1, 2023, 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time, Canada) by filling out the online form. Please that online forms are in French. Do not forget to attach all the required documents.

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Documents required to submit an application

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  1. A letter of intent mentioning the work, courses, and/or experiences motivating you to join a research team at the INRS centre where you want to do your summer internship.
  2. Your resume.
  3. Your official, up-to-date transcript for the university terms you have completed If your transcript does not include the winter 2023 term, proof of enrollment is required for that term.

Selection of trainees

Pofessors are responsible for the selection of interns. Their capacity to host undergraduates trainees varies from year to year. Applications are reviewed within weeks of the application deadline. Only successful applicants are contacted.

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Master’s degree admission scholarships

Undergraduate interns, winners of certain undergraduate excellence award programs, will have the opportunity to obtain a $4,000 admission scholarship if they enroll in a master’s program at INRS following their undergraduate internship.

Learn more about master’s admission scholarships for undergraduate interns → (in French)


For any administrative questions related to the 2023 undergraduate summer research internship, contact Joanie Lavoie at

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