Hire a grad student

Invest in a graduate student and tap into the talent of tomorrow’s leaders and innovators

Why hire a graduate student intern?

Graduate students are the engine driving advanced research and discovery. They are self-starters who take extraordinary academic performance to the next level. They are ready to ignite change and add value to your business with fresh thinking.

If you are in need of temporary staffing for big projects or want to test drive a new role in your organization, consider hiring a graduate student! Getting temporary staff can be tricky and may take a long time to onboard which cuts into productivity, limiting the value that they bring. Grad student interns are different. They are quick to onboard, and have skills and experience to hit the ground running. Their discipline lets them help move your business ahead without you committing to a permanent hire.


Graduate students are:

  • Creative problem solvers
  • Critical thinkers and analysers
  • Highly adaptable
  • Quick learners
  • Experienced that accelerates onboarding
  • Self-directed with proven work ethic
  • Mature leaders
  • Superb communicators
  • Growing subject matter experts
  • Innovative
  • High-level transferable skills

Ready to transform your business?

The Faculty of Graduate Studies can help you find your intern through our Transformative Talent Internship (TTI) program. TTI helps graduate students gain new skills and can help you gain new talent with the help of our Business Development Specialist. To be approved as a Transformative Talent Internship, an internship opportunity must:

Be meaningful

Provide meaningful work experience that uses and develops research and professional skills. However not be solely research-focused

Provide mentorship

Include a mentor at your organization to provide guidance and feedback during the internship

Be full-time or part-time

Internships should be a minimum of 210 hours and can be a maximum 8 months full-time or 12 months part-time.

Greater reach with us!

Have an eligible Transformative Talent Internship? Let's help you reach over 7,000 graduate students by posting to the UCalgary graduate student Elevate Portal. 

Need help with the process? Our Business Development Specialist is here to help. Contact Natalie.

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Hosting a graduate intern

1. Before the internship

  • Provide the graduate student with a position profile
  • Provide My GradSkills with the intern’s anticipated work hours and financial support

2. During the internship

  • Meet regularly with the intern
  • Provide oversight and feedback to the intern

3. At the end of the internship

  • Provide My GradSkills with a brief report on what the intern learned and how they brought value to your organization
  • Provide a final review and feedback to the intern

Virtual onboarding

Virtual onboaring is becoming more and more popular but can be tricky. Know how to prepare and help your candidate prepare to start working remotely

Learn more

Remote project management

Remote working creates opportunities to innovate and improve existing processes, while fostering a collaborative culture.  Here are some tips from the Schulich School of Engineering:

Additional Resources

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) provides additional resources for employers. 

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Work-integrated learning Hub

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a tried and tested way to prepare the next generation of workers for the world of work and build a more resilient, inclusive, and future-proof economy.

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ROI toolkit

Making the business case for WIL means being able to calculate your return on investment (ROI). Explore the pages below to help you calculate your ROI and find the financial supports available to you.

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A Virtual Mentorship Hub

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to WIL. In the pages below you’ll find tools and resources to help you create meaningful, inclusive, and sustainable work-integrated learning opportunities for students, regardless of your sector or the size of your organization.