"NOTICE: the following testimonials are not available in both official languages because the source of the information is not subject to the OLA, but similar testimonials are posted in the French website."
"Through this internship, I have had the chance to gain practical experience in communicating with others in a professional and intellectual environment. As one of two primary researchers with MIRARCO working on the Recreational Boating and Tourism division of the International Joint Commission's Upper Great Lake Study, I worked with a team of academics and industry representatives and acted as liaison between various interest groups. I lead interviews with marina owners throughout the Great Lakes to collect industry statistics and assess the vulnerability of the industry to fluctuations in water levels. I also enjoyed the opportunity to analyze, write up and present the survey results to the Technical Working Group who oversaw the project. Through this project, I have sharpened my analytical and problem solving skills and fortified my interest in the efficient management of our province's valuable natural resources. "
- Daniel Waddell, 2009
"My experience with the internship at S.J.V. Consultants has been exceedingly positive. While employed with S.J.V. Consultants, I have had the opportunity to transfer many of the skills I received during my schooling to an industry outside of my background. I have also been able to learn every day on the job, which is valuable in terms of personal and professional growth. Most importantly, I have had the opportunity to work with a small, talented, energetic workforce. This opportunity has helped strengthen my background and has set me on the right path towards achieving my career goals. "
- Casey Vandenberg, 2009
"I was involved in various projects within the northern portion of Saskatchewan. I was part of a crew collecting environmental data in a remote drainage near a uranium mine site. The following field trip I was based out of Uranium City collecting aquatic vegetation and mapping aquatic vegetation to determine contamination transport and uptake related to abandoned uranium mines. During the final field trip I was part of a team collecting sediment samples near a uranium mine. While I was in Saskatoon between field trips, I was submitting the collected samples as well as planning for other trips and aiding with general office and warehouse matters.
This experience has further developed my knowledge of the challenges within the environmental consulting field. I was exposed to all aspects of the industry and was kept involved in all matters related to the projects for which I was a part of. The staff at Canada North Environmental Services always took the time to answer all of the questions related to projects and I always felt I was part of a team with known and defined objectives. "
- Michael Hounjet, 2009
“Our experience at Meco with the Science and Technology Internship Program has been very positive. We feel that the selection process is fair, explicit and that response to requests are forthright. We feel that the level of reporting is appropriate and that the information requested in reports is appropriate for the program. Overall, we would recommend the program to any organization as a means to offset training risk for young professionals in the technical field.”
- Perry Mitchelmore, P.Eng of Mitchelmore Engineering Company (Meco) Ltd., 2010
“For Surface Science Western (SSW) the program was instrumental for retaining a highly skilled new graduate from the Department of Earth Sciences, UWO. The intern became an important member of the mineral processing team where his strong instrumental and analytical skills were utilized to their full capacity. For SSW, the program, through the intern, allowed team members to develop new technologies and analytical applications for the needs of the mineral processing industry. For the intern, funding from the program allowed for the opportunity to learn about new analytical technique, gain experience in operating sophisticated analytical equipment and to work with team members on R&D projects directed by our industry partners.
The intern has recently accepted a permanent position at the Royal Ontario Museum. According to the intern and his new employer, the instrumental skills gained at SSW were significant assets in his hiring.
I believe the S&T program to be of significant value to both partners and interns and highly support continuation of the program by the Government of Canada. I advise others to take advantage of this opportunity and benefit from the interaction with new graduates”
- Dr. Brian Hart, Research Scientist SSW, Adjunct Professor- Earth Sciences UWO, 2010