Do a Laboratory Research Internship in Québec

Would you like to come to Québec to carry out an internship as part of your studies? The École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), located in the heart of Montréal, can help you make your plan become reality.

Equipped with specialized technologies such as drones, 3D printers, flight simulators and a clustered supercomputer, the ÉTS labs and chairs will enable you to carry out your research project. Our renowned professors working in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence, health technologies, aerospace and transport electrification will support you throughout your research internship.

Do a Laboratory Research Internship at ÉTS

Research internships, which are supervised by a professor from one of our Chairs or research units, usually last from three to 12 months.

They will allow you to acquire unique experience in your field of study and work on leading-edge issues.

Ready to take action? Follow these steps!

Step 1: Make Sure Your Home Institution is an ÉTS Partner

To be eligible for a laboratory research internship at ÉTS, you must be registered as a student at a university institution abroad. ÉTS will give admission preference to students who attend one of its partner institutions, signatories of a bilateral agreement for the reception of interns.

If your institution does not appear on this list, you can nevertheless submit a spontaneous application to do a research internship at ÉTS.

Work permit
In Canada, an internship is considered as work, regardless of its duration and whether it’s paid or unpaid. The acceptance of foreign candidates is conditional on their ability to obtain a work permit.

Step 2: Check your Eligibility for the Research Internship

To be eligible for a research internship, you must: 

  • Be enrolled in a program leading to the diploma of Engineer, to carry out an internship at the end of first, second or third year of undergraduate studies (level L3, M1 or end-of-studies internship);
  • Be enrolled in a university program, to carry out an internship at the end of Master studies (M2) or a Ph.D. internship;
  • Be selected by an ÉTS professor who accepts to act as supervisor of your internship; 
  • Possess a sufficient level of linguistic competence in French or in English;
  • Have the necessary financial resources for the duration of the internship (plane tickets, accommodation, living expenses and insurance, if applicable).
Step 3: Identify a Research Director and the Topic of Your Internship

You must conclude an agreement with an ÉTS professor who will supervise your internship. You should communicate directly with faculty members to submit your application, accompanied by a CV, a letter of interest and transcripts of your recent grades, clearly specifying your areas of interest, your aspirations and your periods of availability.

ÉTS does not have a formal display portal for internship offers. You must investigate the research work of the school and solicit professors connected with your areas of interest.

To assist with the process, you may consult various sections of the ÉTS website: 

Step 4: Get a Confirmation of Admission to the Internship

To get a confirmation of admission to the intership, you must provide the professor with the following required elements and items: 

Your curriculum vitae

  • Attach your current CV.

Personal information

  • Family name;
  • Given name(s);
  • Permanent address;
  • Email address;
  • Phone number;
  • Country of citizenship (nationality);
  • Date of birth;
  • Country of birth;
  • Passport number.

Proof of (current year) full-time enrolment at the home institution

  • Attach a photocopy of your student card or other certification of official registration.

Letter of interest in carrying out a laboratory internship at ÉTS

  • Attach a letter of interest.

Contact information for your home institution

  • Full name;
  • Postal address;
  • Website address;
  • Contact person (and how to reach them).

What happens next?

Your file will be analyzed to confirm your eligibility (you must allow a period of two weeks). A letter of invitation will be sent to you by email.


The letter of invitation from the Office of the Registrar of ÉTS is the only official document that you can use for the process of obtaining the official (immigration) documents required for your stay in Canada. Any other document, or written or verbal confirmation from the professor, will not be considered as an official document of admission.

Step 5: Prepare for Your Stay in Canada

In Canada, an internship is considered as work even if it is not paid, regardless of its duration; foreign nationals must thus obtain a work permit. Do not make any commitment and do not attempt to enter Canada before receiving confirmation that your application for a work permit has been approved.

Please allow a minimum of two months processing delay between the receipt of your letter of invitation and the confirmation of your work permit.

On the basis of the information we received, your letter of invitation will indicate the category of work permit which is most likely to apply to your situation, and the procedure to follow. As the employer of record, BRÉCI (the bureau of student recruitment and international coordination) will produce the immigration forms required and sign the internship agreements, when required.

International Students in Montréal and at ETS
Greater Montréal is home to more than 30,000 foreign students at the
post-secondary level, nearly 80% of the
Québec total
At ÉTS, 25% of graduate students are women
More than 60% of ÉTS graduate students come from outside Canada