Cégep student mentorship program – Montreal

The deadline to apply for this program in Montreal is February 21, 2024, 11:30pm.

The cégep student mentorship program is open to PhD students and postdocs in the field of bio-imaging wishing to host and mentor one or two cégep students during a 10-15 week internship. The aims of this program are:

  1. To provide valuable (paid!) mentorship experience to QBIN students and postdocs through mentoring cégep students
  2. To recruit the next generation of scientists by welcoming cégep students into bio-imaging labs and exposing them to research

Applicants will be asked to provide a short description of a research project for the intern(s) to complete. The project should be feasible for cégep students within the internship period, with a focus on education rather than research assistance. The interns should be actively involved in the project from the first week of the internship. Successful applicants will be given a $1500 mentorship stipend in recognition of the time and effort it takes to mentor cégep students with little to no experience in bio-imaging research.

To learn more about what it’s like to participate in this program as a mentor and to see the types of projects that cégep interns could work on, read this post on the QBIN blog.

The time of year and duration of the internships as well as related deadlines will differ depending on the cégep and university – visit the website for information specific to your city. Below, you will find information specific to applicants in Montreal, for which the application deadline is in February.


PhD students and postdocs in Montreal can apply to participate as a mentor in the internship program run by Dawson College. As a mentor, you will host two students from Dawson College for 10 weeks during the summer (June to August).


  • Be a PhD student or postdoc at a university in Montreal
  • Be a QBIN member
  • Have approval from your research supervisor to host two cégep students in the lab

Time commitment and expectations

Mentors will be expected to have at least two meetings with the interns per week and spend a total of 40-50 hours on mentorship during the 10 week program. The interns are expected to spend 20-30 hours a week working on their project, though not all of this time will necessarily be spent with the mentor. Mentors are expected to attend the final presentations of their interns at Dawson College.

Application procedure

To apply for the QBIN mentorship award, please forward the following to rbiq@usherbrooke.ca:

  1. A short summary of the project that the cégep student interns would work on and your expectations of the students
  2. A cover letter explaining your interest in the program and what you hope to gain from the experience

Your application will be evaluated by the QBIN Executive Committee and if successful, your project proposal will be forwarded to the internship coordinator at Dawson College. You will then be matched with a pair of cégep students and given their contact details to plan the start of their internships.

Important dates

Application deadline: February 21, 2024, 11:30p.m.
Intern matching: April-May
Start of internships: Early June