Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick - International Internship application

We are happy to provide internship opportunities for international students. Every year, students will join our team from universities around the world. We are working on various research tasks and we always make sure that the students are exposed to many different research techniques, after the internship students will have learned new skills that are useful in their future careers.

An international internship with the Canadian Rivers Institute is a great experience! You will gain valuable skills and most importantly, have lots of fun!
The selected interns will be working in different aquatic research projects under an internship host advisor specifically named for each intern. The advisor will be supervising the intern and is responsible for a successful internship. The advisor will also supervise a possible research project if the intern is interested in doing one during their internship.

Note* Some projects will cover food and accommodation during the time spent at the field stations. In addition, we can help applying for different scholarships that may be available for international internships. As an example, many universities have travel grants available for students interested in gaining work experience abroad.

Current Projects at the University of New Brunswick:


The Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) laboratory at UNB is at the forefront of the field of ecosystem genomics.  Collaborating with scientists at the University of Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Donald Baird and his lab at UNB have advanced the field of bioassessment through a program called Biomonitoring 2.0: a high-throughput genomics approach for comprehensive biological assessment of environmental change.  Using Biomonitoring 2.0, the ECCC lab at UNB partners with existing monitoring programs using traditional morphological assessment of benthic communities to provide added value by uncovering the rich taxonomic information unlocked within benthic DNA and environmental DNA.  Coupling DNA metabarcoding with trait-matching, the lab also explores how ecological networks can help us elucidate links between biodiversity and ecosystem function.  Specific projects the lab is working on include:

• Exploration of how occupancy modeling can estimate taxon abundances from repeated benthic DNA samples.
• Ecohydrological aspects of water use in the Alberta oil sands region.
• Application of traits-based approaches in assessing multiple stressor impacts in rivers.
• Assessment of how human disturbance in floodplain wetlands influences macroinvertebrate communities, food webs, and associated ecosystem functions, including decomposition and primary production.

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​Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow (CAST) is a partnership of scientists, governments, non-government organizations, and industry participants. The hope is that CAST will serve as a positive partnership model for wild Atlantic salmon rivers in Eastern Canada. CAST has a number of keystone projects that focus on different aspects of salmon research. The intern will become familiar with salmon research methods such as electrofishing, sonar population assessment, habitat mapping, and many other methods and technologies that are used for salmon research all over the world. The majority of CAST's fieldwork takes place on the famous Miramichi River, about 2-hour drive from Fredericton. When working at the field station, meals and accommodation will be covered for the interns.

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The Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (MAES) is a planned, whole-river ecosystem study and manipulation. It begins with a multi-year assessment of the structure and function of a large river ecosystem, followed by a manipulation of flow, sediment load, and thermal regime with consequential effects on the ecosystem, and then a multi-year period to monitor the recovery to a new river state. All the research takes place on the Saint John River in Fredericton, very close to the UNB's Fredericton campus. The research projects include water quality measurements, macrophytes, fish tracking, electrofishing and many other methods that the intern will become familiar with.

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This form includes two steps (click "next" at the bottom of the page after completing each step):

1) Description of different projects within the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI)
2) Contact information and motivational (cover) letter/CV

APPLICATION DEADLINE February 15th - Summer internships

Initial selection for summer interns will start on February 16th. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if we have positions available within any of the projects.

APPLICATION DEADLINE March 31st - Autumn internships

Initial selection for autumn interns will start on April 1st. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if we have positions available within any of the projects.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, internships, or life in New Brunswick, please don't hesitate to contact









Jules Giraudet
MSc student,  Groupe ESA, France.
Internship period: July 2018 - October 2018
I am Jules, a French student in engineering. As part of my studies it is mandatory to do a 3-month internship. I found an interesting research group in CAST and was able to join the team as an intern.

I chose this internship for multiple reasons. The first is that the field of study of the CAST project is an area of great interest to me. CAST is an environmental project based on the preservation of wild Atlantic salmon.
I would also like to work in this field after my studies. In addition, it is always interesting to do an internship in order to improve your knowledge but also to see how the work is done in the field. It is a good approach to our future active life. The other reason for my internship with CAST is that I know a former intern who explained to me what he had done over there. That the CAST team was made of very nice people. So, it was after talking to him that I decided to apply for this internship.

What was very interesting during this internship was that I was able to work on all CAST projects. Whether it's with David with electrofishing, or with Jani and the use of sonars to Ryan with tracking. So this internship was really very interesting because each project is different and therefore uses different methods. I learned a lot from them.

This internship was really amazing. For nature lovers, Canada is perfect. The Miramichi River and its forests are simply beautiful. In addition, I want to thank the entire CAST team who is very friendly. They are always available for questions or problems and are always there to laugh with you.
I think what was special about this internship was the workplace. Every week we work in the wilderness of Miramichi, which is great. Moreover the weekends are in town, this mixture between city and nature is really interesting.

This internship was a very good experience on all aspects: study, work, and social.