About the CsF Program
About the Internship Program
Responsibilities of Brock International
Responsibilities of Supervisor/Mentor
Responsibilities of CsF Student
Background: About the CsF Program
Ciência Sem Fronteiras
(CsF) is a four-year scholarship program primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government with support from the private sector. The Brazilian government has committed to offer 101,000 scholarships to Brazilians to study, intern, and conduct research in countries around the world in order to consolidate and expand science, technology, and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility. Approximately 10% of the undergraduate scholarship recipients will be coming to Canada for 12-16 month programs.There are opportunities for graduate students to complete full or partial doctoral programs, as well as for Post-Docs to complete Post-Doctoral work abroad. The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Languages Canada has an agreement with the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) to administer the majority of the Canadian CsF scholarships.
While studying at Brock University, Ciência Sem Fronteiras
(CsF) participants have the opportunity to participate in a 14-16 week unpaid research, lab-based, or industry internship. During the internship period, students are part of Brock International’s University Mentorship (UM) program
and part of the community of visiting scholars who come to Brock to collaborate on research, scholarly, or other activities.
All internship placements should meet the following criteria, as defined by CBIE:
- be a full-time unpaid placement, which means approximately 35 hours per week, over 14-16 weeks;
- offer a discipline-related learning opportunity;
- allow for applied work experience related to a student’s field of study;
- immerse students in the Canadian work environment and culture;
- expose students to a collaborative team-work environment;
- give students access to a supervisor/mentor within the organization/institution, as well as regular supervision and evaluation by the supervisor; and
- deliver a signed final report for the research/industry internship placement (the report can be completed in conjunction with the student and Brock International).
Supervisors receive $500 to cover the costs of any materials or supplies required to host a student.
- Identify available research/industry opportunities for placements;
- initiate and maintain regular contact with potential placement supervisors;
- distribute relevant student information (transcript or CV) to potential placement supervisors;
- facilitate access to required facilities or equipment (i.e. lab, workstation, site);
- act as a liaison between the potential internship supervisors and students;
- foster a collaborative environment to ensure a positive learning experience;
- assist in scheduling and administering training sessions to prepare students for internship placements(i.e. library tour, research ethics session, science lab safety training); and
- write a letter of completion in cooperation with the internship supervisor to verify the work that was completed during the internship period.
If Brock International cannot find an industry placement, CBIE assists by arranging a placement with one of their industry partners. Every attempt is made to find placements within the Niagara region.
- Meet with the student early in the placement period to discuss expectations and what the student hopes to learn/accomplish while on the research/industry placement;
- inform the student, Jade Bowie at Brock International (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Koreen McCullough at International Services (email@example.com) if the student should register for or unofficially audit a course taught by the supervisor (as early as possible);
- if circumstances change and a supervisor can no longer take on a student intern, please inform Brock International at least 2 months before the expected placement start date, so that alternative arrangements can be made;
- work with the student to design and set placement objectives;
- ensure the student has appropriate safety training before beginning the placement;
- meet with the student regularly to discuss the placement and offer direction;
- support and even possibly train the student in some facet of the placement to ensure internship success, or ask Brock International to arrange a training opportunity;
- complete a final evaluation of student’s work, measured against placement objectives; and
- provide a signed final report of the internship placement (written with and also signed by Brock International).
Each term, a formal reception is held to recognize the achievements of and welcome the Brazilian scholarship students into the Brock community. The attendance of potential or interested internship supervisors is appreciated and encouraged.
Before beginning the internship placement, each student is expected to:
- attend any interviews or meetings that are arranged with potential internship supervisors;
- if offered an internship placement, accept or decline the placement within 5 business days;
- after beginning an internship, complete the entire 14-16 week duration of the internship;
- participate in mandatory training sessions which will ensure a successful internship experience, including:
- Library Tour
- Research Ethics Seminar
- General Health and Safety Training OR Science Lab Safety Seminar
- Cover Letter Writing Workshop
- Interview Skills Workshop
- any other training required by the internship supervisor; and
- register for or unofficially audit and attend classes taught by the internship supervisor (only if specifically requested by the supervisor).
Contact Information:Jade Bowie
, International Affairs Assistant, Brock Internationaljbowie@brocku.ca
905-688-5550 ext. 6160