1. Eligibility
  2. Funding
  3. Capstones & Presenting Your Research
  4. Applying for the Program

All prospective applicants, both Supervisors and Students can find relevant information on this page.

I-CUREUS is an internship that can help to involve an undergraduate student in a research project. A project can be a maximum of 150 hours, for which the student would be paid minimum wage. The Future Learning Lab provides 50% of the wages, and the Project Supervisor provides the other 50% from an appropriate research fund.

I-CUREUS projects may take place in one of four possible I-CUREUS terms: the Summer term, Fall term, Fall-Winter, and Winter term. Approved projects will not be extended into a subsequent term and must be completed within the term specified on your application.

In addition to completing the project hours specified in the application, student interns participating in I-CUREUS will need to complete a FUSION module of their choice concurrently with their I-CUREUS project. Additionally, Internships are not considered complete until the student completes and submits an I-CUREUS Capstone. Time spent on the FUSION module and Capstone are not included in the student’s project hours.

To complete an I-CUREUS project, students will:

  • Complete the project hours specified on the application,
  • Complete and submit a project capstone,
  • Complete, asynchronously, a FUSION module.

Students seek I-CUREUS opportunities for many reasons. To gain experience leading a project or an aspect of a project, to better understand data analysis, to contribute to ongoing work in their field, to build research skills in their discipline, to learn more about a subject or topic, to drive research forward or build their resume, or for part-time employment.

For students, reflect on why you are pursuing an I-CUREUS internship and what you would like to get out of your experience. For prospective supervisors, it is recommended to discuss these goals with prospective students, to best support their growth through the program. Students will need to submit a Capstone at the end of their internship, so some discussion at the time of application about what this may look like can be helpful.

Eligibility

Students must be a part-time or full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a Carleton degree program. Students must remain in good academic standing throughout the duration of the internship and must not be completing a co-op work term simultaneously. Students may not complete a SaPP and I-CUREUS project concurrently, and may only be awarded one SaPP or I-CUREUS project in a single academic term.

Faculty Members looking to supervise an I-CUREUS project must belong to an academic unit and must also hold a research grant at the time of application. This opportunity is not available to contract instructors.

When submitting an application, faculty supervisors will have to confirm the availability of appropriate funds to cover their portion of the student’s wages, as well as provide the fund number. The Future Learning Lab does not administrate research funding and as such is not able to check availability of your funds, or verify fund numbers.

Faculty supervisors may supervise a maximum of 2 I-CUREUS projects at a time. A student may not participate in multiple SaPP or I-CUREUS projects concurrently.

The I-CUREUS program has limited places available. I-CUREUS positions will be awarded to eligible projects in a timely manner on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: There are limited Internships available and applications are not guaranteed to be accepted. Do not begin work on a project that has not yet been approved. Priority may be given to students who have not yet participated in an I-CUREUS project in an academic year. The academic year runs from May – April.

Funding

Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and the faculty supervisor will equally fund student interns for up to 150 hours of work at minimum wage. As of October 1, 2023 the Minimum wage in Ontario is $16.55/hr.

Faculty supervisors must ensure the availability of appropriate funds to cover their half of the student’s wages.

All hours must be completed before the end of the term specified in the application. Supervisors and students must notify the Future Learning Lab immediately of any changes to the terms provided in the application form.

Neither students nor supervisors are responsible for tracking an intern’s hours. They will be calculated using the information provided on the initial application. Payment will be administered biweekly based on the information provided on your application. The schedule of payment varies depending on the timing of the application, timing of acceptance into I-CUREUS, as well as the payroll schedule.

Within 2-4 weeks of being accepted to the program, students will begin receiving biweekly payments from TLS. Approximately halfway through the project term (as outlined in your application), these payments will be made from the Supervising Researcher’s account. In summary, the student wages for the first half of the project will be sourced from TLS, with the second half being sourced from the Supervising researcher’s Research Account.

Please note: TLS in collaboration with the Research Accounting department will facilitate payment, you will not see the student’s wages reflected in your account until the second half of their project.

Please contact icureus@carleton.ca with any questions. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Capstones & Presenting Your Research

In order to complete the I-CUREUS internship, students are required to produce a Capstone project that showcases the work completed through their participation in the program. These must be submitted by the end of the term in which you are completing your project in the form of a written report, conference poster, presentation, or if none of these are appropriate, a video testimonial.

In all formats, your Capstone should provide a summary of your involvement in I-CUREUS and may have some reflective perspective in mind. For example, you could include details of what you achieved, the timeline or procedures used, your methods, and why these components were important. You can discuss technologies used, theories or principles that guided your work, and more.

Of the options below, students should choose one which will best highlight the impact or applications of their work however we strongly encourage I-CUREUS participants to complete a Conference Poster. If you think you might be interested in participating in the Annual I-CUREUS Conference, please complete a Conference Poster for your I-CUREUS capstone. Students who do not submit a poster are not eligible to participate in the conference at this time.

Students may choose from one of four Capstone formats:

  • I-CUREUS Conference Poster
  • I-CUREUS Capstone Report / Research Paper
  • I-CUREUS Presentation / Slide Deck
  • Capstone Video

Please note: your submission may be shown publicly or used for public purposes including but not limited to, displayed on Carleton University and Future Learning Lab websites, TLS newsletters, and social media.

You can have a look at some of our past Capstone submissions, and hear from past participants here.

Applying for the Program

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