Interns learn, hone skills and contribute to CAN’s impact
Two graduate students are advancing their knowledge and professional skills outside the classroom — applying their learning in a work environment and being paid for this experience alongside their studies — in internships with Campus Alberta Neuroscience. The opportunities were made possible through a partnership among partner universities’ Faculties of Graduate Studies and funding from the Government of Alberta.
Emily Lennon is taking her Master’s degree in public health at the University of Alberta. She’s working to enhance CAN’s communications activities (newsletters, announcements, social media, the website and more).
“I’m thrilled that I have this opportunity to learn about the mental health and neuroscience research community in Alberta while developing concrete skills in the communications field and pursuing a Master’s,” she says.
For his part, Pourya Karimian, an international student enrolled in the University of Alberta’s Master’s program in electrical and computer engineering, is helping to improve technology-driven accessibility to Alberta-based neuroscience research. He’s helping with the continuing refinement of CANdex by developing novel methods for quickly and accurately linking researchers with their PubMed publication list — by pressing a single button on their CANdex researcher profile.
“I like to think of myself as an adventurer,” he says. “My main goal is to take advantage of every opportunity in life to gain knowledge and experience, and I hope to achieve this in my current position as an intern with CAN.”
Successful internship programs work for organizations and students alike, and require the participation of both. CAN strives to connect neuroscience and mental health graduate students with stakeholders, the three partner universities and the broader community.