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University of Windsor

ERASMUS Training Program in
Aquatic Ecosystem Health

Lake Huron


Graduate students are able to enhance their academic expertise and gain professional perspectives and practical experiences through one 12-week internship. Internships are organized during the third (summer) semester for MSc students and during the sixth (summer) semester for PhD students. Students will be placed within government agencies, private companies, or universities. We secured 22 internships with public (8), private (10), and academic (4) partners. Additional agencies will be contacted, as the need arises, to ensure that each student intern is optimally placed. Students are required to deliver a presentation based on their internship work experience and provide a brief report at the end of their internship. 


Student Experience

Vale Canada Ltd.

"My internship with Vale was an extremely positive and enlightening experience. Working in the Sustainability department, I met many interesting people and got an inside look at the operation and management of a large, international company. My project involved designing an internal system in the company that works to minimize the threat of products to both the environment and the health and safety of other users. Despite the short length of my stay, I was able to contribute to sustainable development and establish important contacts in the industrial sector."

- James Vaillant


A trip to the Southern Hemisphere - Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd.

If there’s one thing Michael Chen will remember about the summer of 2012, it’s that he never really had a summer. A recent master’s graduate from the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, he spent three months in the southern hemisphere working with the environmental team at Solid Energy, a coal mining company based in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Since we're taking a resource from the area, we don't want to leave behind a problem like acid mine drainage,” said Chen, who originally hails from Canada’s capital and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. “We should put the effort toward reclaiming affected areas and restore some productivity so that we're giving future growth a chance.”
He said he would like to continue working in the field of environmental science and reclamation, and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of working in the Alberta oil sands, where some of Dr. Ciborowski’s former students are currently employed.


Examples of Internships:

1. Aquatic reclamation/restoration research: Vale Ltd.
and Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd.

2. Environmental monitoring and risk assessment with
Atomic Energy Canada Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc. and
Syncrude Canada Ltd.

3. Toxicological testing (assessing the effect of municipal
effluents on fish and invertebrates) with Environment
Canada’s National Water Research Institute.

4. Policy development with Environment Canada, Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of the
Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

5. Integrating biodiversity into environmental and social
impact assessment - Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.

6. Restoration ecology: Multiple stressors interactions in
Boreal Shield Lakes with the Cooperative Freshwater
Ecology Unit, Laurentian University.