Internships Overview

CSS Internships

The Centre has put in place an internship program with the goal of placing motivated graduate students with organizations seeking to use sport as a vehicle to advance sustainability related issues. The Centre posts positions and accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. An academic advisor or a Centre faculty member typically coordinates these internships to ensure a high quality experience and standard of work.

General prerequisites: Graduate students*. Either UBC or visiting students may apply

Timeline: Variable, normally 2-4 months full-time work

Academic credits: Variable, but tying work experience in with academic advancement is encouraged

Financial compensation: Variable depending on responsibilities, length, academic requirements, and qualifications

Application procedure: Students seeking internships will make available to the CSS Director (

  • A current CV
  • A brief summary log of their current experiences
  • One or two samples of their work
  • A current criminal record check upon request
  • An initial set of goals for their internship experience
*An undergraduate internship program is in development.

UBC, and the School of Kinesiology in particular, provide a range of specific internship vehicles for grad students that are well suited to work experience tied to sport and sustainability. These are outlined in further detail below.

School of Kinesiology Graduate Internship Opportunities

KIN 530 Directed Studies

Topics selected by the student with the approval of the Graduate Advisor. Must be studied under the supervision of a member of the faculty. The outcome is to be an article for submission to a journal for publication and shall conform to the format of the appropriate journal.

Prerequisite: Permission must be obtained by graduate supervisor

Timeline: 13 weeks (one semester). Maximum of two times possible

Credits: 3

Financial compensation: Flexible. Can be linked to a paid internship if appropriate

KIN 598 Directed Field Studies in Sport and Physical Activity Agencies

Similar to KIN 530, however students typically work within an organization. Must be studied under the supervision of a member of the faculty.

Prerequisite: Permission must be obtained by graduate supervisor

Timeline: 13 weeks (one semester). Maximum of two times possible

Credits: 3

Financial compensation: Flexible. Can be linked to a paid internship

Other UBC Internship Opportunities


The Mitacs Accelerate Program connects Canadian businesses with university researchers in all disciplines who have advanced levels of expertise in areas that address vital research opportunities. It partners graduate students (Intern) and their supervising professors (Academic Supervisor) with companies, hospitals, government agencies and not for profit organizations (Sponsor Organization). These connections help partners utilize new tools, technologies and methodologies to address issues that are vital to an organization’s success. Sponsor Organizations benefit from the power of advanced research while interns and their professors benefit from new research opportunities. [link]

Prerequisite: Completion of Mitacs-Accelerate proposal and approval by all parties

Timeline: Minimum 4 months (usually 50% with the Sponsor Organization and 50% with the Academic Supervisor)

Credits: None

Financial compensation: Total 4-month research grant is normally $15,000, of which a minimum of $10,000 goes towards the Intern’s stipend, with the balance available to the Academic Supervisor for expenses. Project funding is normally split $7,500 from the Sponsor Organization and $7,500 from Mitacs.

Grant in Aid

A Grant-in-Aid is essentially a donation to one or more researchers, normally to conduct research in an area that is of mutual interest to both the donor and the researcher(s). These grants are normally in the form of a one page letter addressed to a researcher and signed by the donor, and accompanied by the grant funds. UBC retains all rights to inventions and other intellectual property and is free to publish results. [link]

Prerequisite: None

Timeline: Variable

Credits: Variable

Financial compensation: Variable


Coordinated by the university’s Campus Sustainability group, the SEEDS Program brings together staff, faculty and students to work collaboratively on the development and implementation of projects that apply the “Campus as a Living Lab” concept and address real-life campus sustainability challenges. [link]

Prerequisite: 3rd/4th year undergraduate or graduate students. Must involve collaboration between UBC staff, faculty and students; involve a real-life, operational sustainability issue at UBC; and contribute to academic credit for students

Timeline: Variable

Credits: 3 (fit into existing courses or directed studies)

Financial compensation: None

Visiting Grad Student

This program allows graduate students currently completing a degree at another recognized university to attend UBC and work towards completion of their coursework and/or research requirements. [link]

Eligibility: The student must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university and must provide evidence of English language proficiency, where applicable. Prior approval of the home university, the UBC graduate program, and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies is required.

Timeline: Students may hold visiting status at UBC for a maximum of twelve months

Credits: Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees. Further details on fees.

Financial compensation: None, however this option could be combined with an internship