Internship Opportunities For Graduate Students

    McGuinty Government Supports Public-Private Internship Program;
    Leading Edge Research

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ -


    Up to 1,750 graduate students will have new internship opportunities with
some of the province's most exciting, up-and-coming companies.
    The province is supporting these internships through a $17-million,
four-year investment in the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex
Systems (MITACS) organization - a national non-profit organization that
connects students to research internship opportunities.
    About 250 internships will be funded this year through MITACS in Ontario.
Internships are available across all disciplines, including science and
engineering, health and life sciences, arts and social sciences and business
across the province.


    "Ontario's future lies in the innovation and creativity of its industry
leaders and today's students. These internship opportunities help connect some
of our best minds with some of our best employers," said Reza Moridi,
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and

    "By providing exciting research opportunities for interns we are helping
to build partnerships between the academic world and the business world. The
relationships we help foster today will lead to new business and employment
opportunities that will benefit all Ontarians," said Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities John Milloy

    "MITACS is providing important opportunities for postgraduate students
across Ontario to work on cutting-edge projects with some of our province's
most innovative employers. This will go a long way in terms of building
careers and boosting local economies, including here in Markham," said Michael
Chan, MPP for Markham - Unionville.

    "ACCELERATE Ontario, MITACS' program in Ontario, will show the province's
graduate students that their research expertise is readily applicable to the
challenges experienced by the province's businesses, from furthering the
development of a new technology or product to improving daily operations,"
said Dr. Arvind Gupta, Scientific Director of MITACS, which manages the
program. "Ontario businesses stand to benefit significantly from the
intellectual capital in the province's universities."


    -   Ontario's Reaching Higher Plan is adding 14,000 new graduate spaces
        in Ontario universities by 2009-10, creating a greater pool of highly
        skilled workers for today's employers and tomorrow's investors.

    -   Seven out of every 10 new jobs created in Ontario over the next
        decade will require postsecondary education or training.


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    Up to 1,750 new research internship opportunities are expected to be
created in Ontario after an investment of almost $17 million over four years.
Funding will also be provided by the federal government and the private
    The internship program is being administered by the Mathematics of
Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) organization. MITACS is a
national non-profit network of Centres of Excellence that works with
governments, universities and the private sector across Canada to establish
research internship opportunities.
    MITACS is located on the Simon Fraser University campus in British
Columbia and has an office in Ontario on the York University campus.


    MITACS works with universities to identify graduate students and connect
them with research opportunities with private businesses and public sector
employers, such as hospitals.
    Internships are available across all disciplines, including science and
engineering, health and life sciences, arts and social sciences and business
across the province.
    Students benefit by working on-site with some of Ontario's business
leaders and the most exciting up-and-coming companies.
    About seven out of ten new jobs being created in Ontario will require
postsecondary education, Ontario's economy is rapidly becoming
knowledge-based. Our future economic growth will increasingly depend on our
ability to innovate and stay ahead of the global competition.


    Web Services

    Increasingly, global business relies on the exchange of information
between web services. It is crucial that these services correctly exchange
messages. A computer science student from the University of Toronto will work
with IBM at their Toronto Centre for Advanced Studies on a research tool that
monitors "conversations" between web services to ensure that the sets of
messages exchanged are correct. The project will study the possibility of
extending this tool to check security and data-dependant properties of these

    Environmental Protection

    A geography and earth sciences masters student from McMaster University
is interning with ENVIRON Canada Inc. to measure the concentrations of
contaminants in two lakes in Northern Ontario. Comparisons between the two
lakes - one which has an industrial site and one which does not - will provide
insight into the amount of atmospheric contamination being deposited in the

    Preserving Heritage Buildings

    A PhD student from the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo
will analyze and investigate the range of development opportunities in vacant
historic buildings in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for the JG Group of
Companies. The research will be used to develop a list of buildings suitable
for adaptive reuse which, in turn, will help preserve sites of cultural

    Materials Testing

    A York University Masters student from the faculty of earth and space
science will intern with Physical Plant Improvements Inc to analyze new
non-destructive ultrasonic tests that will be used to measure strength,
flexibility and extent of wear of fiber reinforced polymer composites (such as
fiberglass) during manufacturing and use. Currently, the material, used in
industry, must be destroyed to test these properties.

    Boosting Efficiency in Food Process

    A University of Windsor engineering graduate student will develop
advanced mathematical models and techniques to improve supply chain and
logistics issues for Dainty Foods, a food processing, packaging and storage
company. The project aims to reduce costs and improve responsiveness and
efficiencies of company operations.

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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