Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
TalentEdge Internship Program
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Materials for OCE TalentEdge Internship Program
- Eligible Expenses
- Sample Application Template
- OCE Funding Agreement (Institution-based)
Ontario’s TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP) provides support for current college and university students (specifically current graduate students and final year undergraduate students), and recent Masters graduates (within three years of graduation), to work on industry-driven research and development projects. Companies can tap into world-class talent coming out of Ontario's publicly-funded post-secondary institutions and strengthen their capacity to develop new products, services, and processes.
TalentEdge internships are intended to provide interns with an experiential learning opportunity and hands-on industry experience. All internships must be project-based with clearly defined activities, milestones and outcomes. Projects must have a clearly-defined R&D component, where R&D is defined by the discipline and is inclusive of all areas of specialization and disciplines.
The objectives of the TalentEdge Internship Program are as follows:
- Help students and recent graduates bridge the gap between Ontario’s publicly-funded post-secondary institutions and industry by providing hands-on experience with companies
- Build receptor capacity in industry for highly skilled R&D personnel
- Provide research and development capabilities to companies
- Improve companies’ competitiveness by attracting top talent and tapping into world-class R&D to strengthen capacity to develop new products, services, and processes
- Develop and retain top talent in Ontario
- Facilitate the transfer of knowledge and emerging technologies from publicly-funded post-secondary institutions to industry
Undergraduate level: Final year undergraduate students and recent graduates within three years of graduation.
Undergraduate students in their final year of study at an accredited college or university in Ontario during the internship period.
Recent undergraduates are eligible for company-based internships only.
Maximum allowable units per intern is three.
Graduate level: Current Masters and PhD students, and recent Masters graduates within three years of graduation during the internship period.
Masters students and recent Masters graduates (within three years of graduation) may hold a maximum of three internship units (per student).
Current PhD and Masters students must be registered at an accredited Ontario university.
Recent Masters graduates are eligible for company-based internships only.
PhD students may hold a maximum of six internship units (per student).
The intern must be eligible to work at the Applicant Organization. For company-based internships, the intern must be eligible to work in Ontario. For institution-based internships, the intern must have student status at the publicly-funded post-secondary institution for the duration of the internship.
Interns may not apply with a company where there is any conflict of interest, including, but not limited to, a company where the intern or relatives have any control as a major creditor or shareholder or governing board..
Interns may not apply if they are currently enrolled in a co-op program or other equivalent job placement/employment program.
Interns may not apply if at the time of application submission they are a current or past employee of the company (including consultants, contract position, part-time, etc.).
Projects must include at least one for-profit company with operations in Ontario that meets the required cash and in-kind contribution.
The company must be incorporated and provide a Business Number (BN) issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). More information on BN.
Company must use the results for the economic, environmental, or social benefit of Ontario.
All internships must be project-based with clearly defined activities, milestones and outcomes.
Projects must have an R&D component, where R&D is defined by the discipline and is inclusive of all disciplines.
Proposed projects must be commensurate with intern’s experience and expertise.
Internships are not intended to be “first job”-type placements; all internships must be based on a defined project that is executed within the time frame of the internship.
Applications must not exceed a maximum of six units per application /company in a year (i.e. maximum of $60,000 in OCE contribution per application). Pre-approval from OCE is required to apply for more than six units. Please discuss with the Program Manager before starting your application.
Intellectual property arising from the project will be managed by the project participants. For institution-based internships, the parties are bound by the intellectual property terms of the university or college where the intern is enrolled; except where intellectual property is covered by separate agreements to which the institution and the company are parties and the agreement is valid for the duration of the internship. For company-based internships, the parties are bound by the intellectual property terms of company where the intern is an employee for the duration of the internship. OCE does not claim or manage IP rights.
For institution-based internships, the academic partner (applicant) must be a principal investigator at an Ontario-accredited, publicly-funded post-secondary institution (college, university, research hospital). The applicant must have an arms-length relationship with the industry partner as defined on NSERC’s website (refer to the section Conflict of Interest Guidelines for Partner Organizations).
Participants must enter into an agreement with OCE and co-operate in providing project reports (please refer to OCE Project Reporting Requirements).
Applicants and their partners must be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE
Maximum Project Value
Each four-month internship is valued at $20,000 as follows:
- $10,000 contribution from OCE
- $5,000 company cash contribution
- $5,000 company in-kind contribution
Applications must not exceed a maximum of six units per application (i.e. maximum of $60,000 in OCE contribution per application).
Internships can be between 4-24 months in length. The maximum length is based on the educational status of the intern.
Each four-month internship is equal to one unit (four-month internship = one internship unit).
Internships can either be company-based or institution-based (university, college, or research hospital). The amount of time spent with the company, as well as the most appropriate location for the placement, should be mutually determined and depend on the nature and needs of the project. If internships are based at a publicly funded post-secondary institution, interns are required to spend a significant portion of their time on-site or in the field with the company. If an internship is company-based, then the Applicant Organization will be the company. If the internship is institution-based, then the Applicant Organization will be the publicly funded post-secondary institution and the company will be the Contributing Partner.
- Institution-based interns must receive a minimum compensation of $10,000 per four-month internship unit. Of the $20,000 value of the four-month internship unit, up to $10,000 may be used for direct costs of the project (this includes a part of the cash and all in-kind contribution to the internship).
- Company-based interns must receive a minimum compensation of $15,000 per four-month internship unit. Of the $20,000 value of the four-month internship unit, up to $5,000 (company in-kind contribution only) may be applied towards direct cost of the project.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Please submit your complete application, including budget and OR-5, to firstname.lastname@example.org two weeks prior to your intended submission to OCE.
How to Apply
Application Initiation: Step-by-step Guide
Eligibility Questionnaire completed and submitted by Applicant Organization lead (see link to Eligibility Questionnaire below)
Eligibility Questionnaire reviewed by OCE (within 1-2 business days)
If the applicant meets program eligibility criteria, OCE will initiate an online application in the online application system, AccessOCE. If you do not receive an email notification from AccessOCE or OCE Application Support within 2 business days, please contact email@example.com.
Applicant logs in to AccessOCE account and completes TalentEdge Internship application. A complete submission will require the following, therefore please prepare and request these documents well in advance::
- Official transcript and curriculum vitae/resume of the intern
- Curriculum vitae/resume for the academic supervisor or NSERC100 form (for institution-based placements only)