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COLLEGE JEAN-DE-BRÉBEUF

A private educational establishment founded in 1928, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf is located in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montréal, very close to the University of Montréal and various hospital research centres. The college is one of Québec's top academic institutions.

SCIENCE PROGRAMS AT BRÉBEUF

The college offers a Natural Sciences Program comprised of two profiles, Health Science, and Pure and Applied Science. These two profiles are also offered through Eurêk@, a pedagogical formula employing laptops. In addition, the college offers a Science, Letters and Arts program, as well as an International Baccalaureate program in Pure and Applied Science, and in Health Science.

THE SCIENCE SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The summer internship program was first offered in 2000.

It allows some of our best science students to gain professional experience in a scientific milieu, for example with a university research team. Thus, the students selected can apply the knowledge and abilities developed at the college, and develop an idea of the work they could pursue in university or after their studies.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS ALREADY ALLOCATED

Summer internships have already been allocated in the following areas :

molecular biology | analytical chemistry | computer, material, biomedical, civil, mechanical, etc. engineering | immunotoxicology | computer science | physics | medical research, especially in psychiatry, neurology and oncology | neuropsychology and psychology | environmental sciences

The following have already welcomed our students to serve internships:

L’École Polytechnique de Montréal | McGill University | the University of Montréal | UQAM | Concordia University | the University of Saskatchewan | the Douglas Hospital Research Centre | the Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine | the Centre de recherche du CHUM | the Centre de recherche Fernand-Séguin de l’Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine | the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal | INRS-Institut Armand Frappier | the Institut de recherche en immunologie et en cancérologie (IRIC)

SELECTION OF INTERNS

Once the applications are received, a committee of science professors and members of the academic administration choose the candidates on the basis of criteria related to the relevant area of studies for the internship field, academic results, and other skills sought, depending on the particular environment of the internship. Occasionally, when this is specifically requested, the candidates selected by the college may be called for an interview.

During the summer, a representative of the college visits the intern and, in collaboration with the scientific supervisor, writes a brief report of activities, in order to suggest any modifications or adjustments considered necessary.

SPINOFF EFFECTS OF THE INTERNSHIP FOR STUDENTS

• They benefit from a unique work experience in the scientific field.
• They are able to make more informed choices about their university course of studies.
• They have the opportunity to be involved in the professional world and to take on responsibility.
• They become familiar with the research and work environment.
• They learn to integrate into a research team—an activity usually reserved for graduate students.

SPINOFF EFFECTS FOR THE HOST ENVIRONMENT

• They benefit from the interns' youthful creativity, dynamism, competence and motivation, at a competitive price.
• They have the opportunity to share their own knowledge and passion.
• They are preparing the next generation of Québec scientists.
• They are making their firm or research centre better known.

SPINOFF EFFECTS FOR THE COLLEGE

• The college keeps in contact with Québec research centres and science developments.
• The college promotes its science programs amongst all students.
• The college allows young people the opportunity to discover the diversity of the scientific milieu.

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIPS

An internship lasts at least 4 weeks, but it may extend throughout the entire summer vacation period, that is, from the end of May until the middle of August (10 weeks).

REMUNERATION OF INTERNS

The remuneration must be at least at the level of the minimum wage, and the working weeks must be 32 hours or more.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

To learn more about summer science internships, you may contact Jean-François Dumouchel, by telephone at (514) 342-9342 local 5200, or by email at: stagescientifique@brebeuf.qc.ca