1. Funding
  2. Eligibility
  3. Protocol and Procedures
  4. Selection Criteria
  5. Presenting Your Research
  6. FAQs

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in the Ottawa region and around the world, Carleton University continues to follow the safe meetings and social distancing guidelines. For this reason, the I-CUREUS program will be operating remotely until further notice. For more information, visit Carleton’s COVID-19 website.

Do you have a student you’d like to support in the Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS) program?

Funded equally by both the Discovery Centre and the faculty supervisor, the I-CUREUS program gives students access to research scholarships, mentoring and hands-on experience in their discipline or an area of interest.


The Discovery Centre and the faculty supervisor will equally fund the student intern for up to 150 hours of at $15 per hour (up to a maximum of $2,250). All hours must be completed before the end of the summer term.

Administration of payment to the student will be done by the academic department of the supervising professor. The schedule of payment may vary depending on the department and work schedule.


All participating Carleton faculty members must belong to an academic unit and must also hold a research grant at the time of application. 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.

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, and a one student per project limit. This opportunity is not available to contract instructors

Protocol and Procedures

Faculty members interested in this program are encouraged to identify an undergraduate student intern that they feel that they can collaborate with. This may be a student who has successfully completed a course that they have taught, a student they have worked with before, or a student who has expressed interest in collaborating with them. The Discovery Centre will not vet or select student interns – this is the sole responsibility of the instructors.

Once the intern has been selected, the instructor should prepare a brief statement of the specific work that the student they choose to mentor will undertake, and the benefits that they will gain by engaging in the research. Standards of work should be set, outlining the responsibilities of the instructor and the student. A work plan and timeline should be agreed upon at the beginning. When possible, the pair should meet once per week.

They are then both responsible for reviewing the Acknowledgment of Understanding and jointly completing the online application form. By co-signing the application, faculty members agree to supervise the work. At the end of the project, participating faculty members are expected to provide feedback concerning their experience with the student and the program.

Selection Criteria

Faculty members and the student applicant should jointly complete the online application. 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 and consequently on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

Presenting Your Research

Internships are not considered complete until the research has been presented. 2015-2016 marked the first I-CUREUS Research Fair, which brought research interns and faculty members, as well as members of the wider Carleton community together to learn of the various types of research taking place across campus.

Student participants are expected to present their research completed at this annual research fair. If a student is unable to present at the research fair, they will need to complete an end-of-year report of their work.

If a student is unable to present at the research fair, they will need to complete an end-of-year report of their work.

Some Carleton undergraduate students also apply through the office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) to participate in the US National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Since 2012 Carleton has sent a small delegation to the conference.  Please support your I-CUREUS participant in considering this opportunity.

In order for the Discovery Centre to share I-CUREUS experiences with others and to advertise the program more widely, participants will be asked to complete a Consent to Publish form.

To apply for I-CUREUS, please complete the online application form.