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CAPS the Workbook: Experiential Learning Course

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Experiential Learning will help you to gain soft skills, build your network and test your career options more directly. Continual self-reflection will help you to define your goals.
Under ‘Managing Your Career’, this course introduces experiential learning, provides reflection resources and provides information about interviewing, job shadowing, career mentoring, volunteering and paid work experience.
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CAPS Experiential Learning Inventory

Check out this inventory of opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom at the University of Alberta.
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Get engaged!

  1. Test Your Career Options
    • Information Interview
    • Find a Career Mentor
    • Job Shadow
  2. Research
    • Summer Opportunities
    • Finding Funding
  3. Volunteer
  4. Intern
  5. Go Abroad
    • Study
    • Work
    • Volunteer
    • Teach

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  • Test Your Career Options

    Information Interview

    Gather first hand information and advice about your career options by talking to people about their individual career paths, jobs, industries and work settings.

    CAPS Guide to Information Interviewing

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    CAPS Career Information Network (CIN)

    The CIN is an online list of community members who can provide you with one time career information and advice through a brief individual meeting, email or phone call.
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    Find a Career Mentor

    CAPS Career Mentoring Program

    This program “connects students with a volunteer career mentor from the community. Students and mentors work for approximately eight months to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and connections needed for transition into the work world.”
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    Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Mentorship Program

    This program is open to student APSB members.
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    APEGGA Mentor Program

    -Relevant for Geoscience students
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    Job Shadow

    CAPS Guide to Job Shadowing

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    CAPS Job Shadow Week

    “This program matches students with a community-based professional for a workplace visit during February’s Reading Week. Students spent 1-4 days of the week learning about the day-to-day realities of a field, gaining advice and insight and making connections.”
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  • Research

    University of Alberta Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI)

    To find opportunities, the URI hosts an online inventory of undergraduate research opportunities, describes different avenues with which you can pursue undergraduate research and provides tips on approaching supervisors. It also provides useful information about developing research skills, finding funding, and publishing your results.
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    Summer Opportunities

    UBC Undergraduate Research Office Funding Opportunities

    UBC’s Research office has compiled a quality list of national and out of province research and funding opportunities. U of A undergraduate students are eligible for national and many Ontario based opportunities.
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    McGill Faculty of Science: Research Opportunities

    McGill has compiled a long but non-exhaustive list of undergraduate research opportunities. U of A undergraduate students will be eligible for many of these nationwide and out-of-province opportunities.
    More Information here.

    **Usually, students looking for summer research need to first find a supervisor and then apply for funding (usually an NSERC USRA). These opportunities can be found by approaching faculty members or sometimes through online browsing.

    Undergraduate Biology Job Fair

    This annual job fair takes place at the end of November. It showcases summer research opportunities with graduate students and faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences.

    Department of Biological Sciences

    Many other NSERC summer opportunities are posted here in fall and early winter.
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    Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program

    More Information here.

    U of A Department of Physics: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    This site links to a list of NSERC opportunities for which interested students can apply.
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    U of A Department of Computer Science: Student Research Opportunities

    This site features a list of opportunities, some of which apply to undergraduate students.
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    U of A Health Sciences Undergraduate Summer Research Program

    This link provides a comprehensive summer job database with brief project descriptions and supervisor contact information. It also guides students through the application process.
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    International Opportunities

    CERN Summer Student Program: Geneva, Switzerland

    “Students selected for the program will spend at least nine weeks at CERN from late June to the end of August working with active research groups at CERN, one of the world’s premier international laboratories.” “At the time of application students must be registered in an undergraduate programme at a Canadian (or similar) university, leading to a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree.”
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    Weizmann Institute International Summer Science School: Israel

    “The Weizmann Institute of Science’s annual Kupcinet-Getz International Science School accepts each summer a select number of outstanding undergraduate students to participate in research projects in mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences.”
    [More information here]

    UROP International Summer Student Program: Aachen University, Germany

    “UROP International is designed for students from North American Universities who wish to gain research experience by conducting research projects at RWTH Aachen University. It takes place during the summer months each year, between May and the end of July.”
    [More Information here]

    DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering): Germany

    RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
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    Funding Sources

    NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA)

    These awards support summer research in natural sciences and engineering. The stipend is $4,500 for a full 16-week period. Look for a supervisor early as internal deadlines are typically in mid-late January.
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    Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Summer Studentships

    (previously Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR))This award provides a $1300/month stipend for 2-4 months from May to August. Internal applications through the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry are due mid-January and external applications are due February 1, 2012
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    UBC Undergraduate Research Office Funding Opportunities

    UBC’s Research office has compiled a list of national and out of province research and funding opportunities.
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  • Volunteer

    McGill CAPS: Volunteer

    This resource introduces volunteerism and provides good links to general non-profit sector resources and international and national volunteer opportunities.
    [More Information here]

    Alberta YouthVOLUNTEER

    This resources hosts a province-wide database of opportunities and matches opportunities to volunteers based on volunteer availability, interests, location and other factors
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    University of Alberta BearsDen

    BearsDen provides a list of the many diverse student groups operating on campus. Browse organizations and contact the ones you are interested in volunteering for.
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    University of Alberta Students’ Union Volunteer Registry

    Search SU volunteer opportunities by one-time, ongoing or by on campus opportunities.
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  • Intern

    McGill Internships

    This resource provides a good set of external internship links. It discusses finding the right internship, finding funding and, for international internships, it covers eligibility and visas.
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    McGill Internship Office

    This site guides you through internships with an ‘Interactive Guide to finding an internship’, ‘Internships: a guide’ and a writing guide for Internship CVs and cover letters.
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    Internship Opportunities

    Campus Access

    Campus Access provides a directory of internship positions
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    Canadian Association of Science Centres (CAG): Science and Technology Internships

    “The Science and Technology Internship Program provides an opportunity to recent graduates in science or engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experiences within their field of studies.”
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    Faculty of Science Industrial Internship Program (IIP)

    “The Science Industrial Internship Program (IIP) was developed to offer students a value-added opportunity to include work experience as part of their program of study.”
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    Career Edge

    Career Edge forges links between employers and recent graduates through paid internships.
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    General Non Profit Sector (Link to Volunteer Section)

    If you are interested in non profit internships, check out general non profit sector sites for internship opportunities.

    Connect Canada

    “Connect Canada is a national internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements.
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    One Day One Internship

    Keep up to date with current internships information. This site sends you the scoop on one employer and internship daily over a wide range of organizations, industries.
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    University of Alberta International: Work Abroad

    For International internship options, browse the UAI’s Work and Research Abroad Directory for options open for science students.
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    For more international options, check the work abroad (link to Go Abroad, work abroad) section

    NRC Science and Technology Youth Employment Program

    6-12 month internships anywhere in Canada
    “This program provides financial assistance to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to hire post-secondary science, engineering, technology, business and liberal arts graduates. Graduates work on innovative projects within the small and medium-sized enterprise environment and may participate in research, development and commercialization of technologies.”
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  • Go Abroad

    University of Alberta International

    UAI outlines detailed steps for students interested in Studying, Working and Summers Abroad and provides funding information and other resources. Explore options abroad with UAI’s Directories for Studying, Working and Researching Abroad.
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    The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas

    One stop shop for career advice, contacts and overseas resources. Features job hunting tutorials, jobs by profession, region, employer, guides to living overseas and more.
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    Study Abroad

    McGill CAPS Study Abroad Tipsheet

    This sheet lists Study Abroad resources by country, by education system, study abroad guides and publications and by Canadian government offices.
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    The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan(CSFP)

    The CSFP is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study in the world.
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    Work or Research Abroad

    AIESEC Edmonton

    The global internship is the most intense learning experience that AIESEC offers and is facilitated by our entire global network. Each year, we provide 5,000 students and recent graduates with the challenging opportunity to live and work in a foreign country in the areas of management, information technology, education and development.
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    DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

    RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
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    EHS (New York City)

    This site lists a variety of internships and housing resources in New York City.
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    Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) Internships Abroad

    FSD offers year round internships abroad and volunteer opportunities for students and recent grads that focus on community health, social, environmental and economic issues.
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    Intern Abroad

    “Looking for internship programs abroad? Search our directory of over 27,000 opportunities abroad updated daily and find the best intern abroad program for you.”
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    Intrax Internships

    “Intrax Internships Abroad offers outstanding international internships in Europe, Asia, and South America to qualified college students.”
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    Linguastage offers “specialised in internships and volunteer programmes in Spain and Latin America. Together with our partners, we organise internships and volunteer projects at various levels across a wide range of organisations, companies and fields.”
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    Volunteer Abroad

    University of Calgary Volunteer Abroad Guide

    This site discusses why one should volunteer abroad, Keys to a successful time abroad, opportunities in Canada, international opportunities and provides tips for researching global opportunities.
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    McGill CAPS: Volunteer

    This resource links to many international volunteer opportunities.
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    CUSO International

    CUSO offers overseas volunteer placements, some for individuals with natural resources knowledge, for permanent residents and Canadian citizens.
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    Teach Abroad

    McGill CaPS: Tipsheet on Teaching Abroad

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    Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

    The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is a Japanese government sponsored exchange programme that offers university graduates opportunities to work as either an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in elementary and secondary schools or a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in selected local government offices in Japan.
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    The EPIK program offers teachers a unique experience by allowing them to share their culture and knowledge with students while gaining experience teaching ESL in public schools across Korea.
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    Teach English in Chile

    The Program is currently looking to recruit native and near-native English speakers between 21 and 35 years old to teach English in Chile under the direction of head teachers in public and semi-private schools.
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