1. Eligibility
  2. Funding
  3. Selection Criteria
  4. Presenting Your Research
  5. Applying for the Program
  6. FAQs

Have you ever wanted to conduct research in your program or an area of interest while getting paid for it? Are you looking for a way to gain hands-on experience to add value to your resume or degree? If yes, then the Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS) may be exactly what you’re looking for.

By participating in I-CUREUS, you’ll gain:

  • Valuable exposure to research techniques
  • Connections with your supervising professor, who can act as an academic mentor
  • Experience writing a research paper under faculty supervision

Find out what the I-CUREUS program is all about. Check out our testimonials page and see what past participants had to say about their experiences in I-CUREUS.


The program is restricted to part-time or full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a Carleton 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 can only participate in one I-CUREUS or SaPP project per term.

Please note: There are limited spots available and applications are not guaranteed to be accepted. Due to the increasing popularity of the I-CUREUS program, there is a two student per faculty member maximum. Only one application per student per academic year shall be accepted.


Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and the faculty supervisor will equally fund student interns for up to 150 hours of work at $15.50 per hour (up to a maximum of $2,250). All hours must be completed before the end of the term.

The payment will be administered by the supervising professor’s academic department. The schedule of payment may vary depending on the department and work schedule.

A final payment transfer of $150 will be withheld until TLS receives a testimonial or report of the research activity. This may include participating in the annual I-CUREUS showcase, or submitting a written report or video.

Please note: Effective Oct. 1, 2023, the minimum wage will increase to $16.55 in Ontario. For students applying to I-CUREUS for the Fall or Winter terms of the 2023-2024 year, should your I-CUREUS application be approved, HR will adjust the pay accordingly to meet the general minimum wage in Ontario.

Selection Criteria

Faculty members and student applicants should jointly complete the online application below. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness of the proposed research work
  • The level of supervision and mentorship
  • Potential output, such as research papers
  • Anticipated learning outcomes from the experience

I-CUREUS positions will be filled in a timely manner on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presenting Your Research

Internships are not considered complete until the research has been presented. Student participants are expected to present their research at an annual showcase event. If a student is unable to present at the research fair, they will need to complete an end-of-year report or video of their work.

Applying for the Program

If you are interested in participating in the I-CUREUS program, you are encouraged to speak with your professors to discuss your interest and options, or ask your department’s administrators, chair or dean for further information.

If you have a faculty member you are interested in working with, you can contact them and let them know about your interest in I-CUREUS. Or you can take a look at your departmental faculty website and take a look at the research faculty are working on. Then you can contact the one(s) that you would like to work with.

Please note TLS does not match students to faculty.

Once you’ve found an interested faculty supervisor, you should both review the Acknowledgment of Understanding and jointly complete the online application form.

Applications for Fall term, and Fall-Winter I-CUREUS projects will open in August.

For more information, please see our FAQ below or email tls@carleton.ca.