Co-operative Education (USRA)

The CARIS lab routinely hires several co-op students each summer through the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) program. Openings are posted on the UBC Engineering Co-op Program Office.

Part-time Volunteering

Our lab accepts a small number of volunteers who are passionate about research and truly interested in working in the CARIS lab. They have visited our lab, chatted with the grad students, taken relevant courses, participated on team projects and through other ways shown remarkable interest in participating in our work.

If this describes you – and you are sincerely interested in working in the CARIS lab as a volunteer – here is what you need to do:

  1. Prepare your application as if you were applying to a co-op job. Your application should include:
    1. cover letter indicating:
      1. your reasons to volunteer in the CARIS lab,
      2. the amount of time (hours per day/week and duration of commitment) that you would make (Be realistic: only make commitments you are able to keep. If you cannot keep your commitments you will be asked to leave the lab group),
      3. the skills/knowledge you will bring to the group,
      4. the skills/knowledge you wish to obtain through volunteering,
      5. ongoing projects you are interested in working on,
      6. CARIS lab graduate students you would like to work with,
      7. any other evidence that indicates you would be a reliable member of the group who would make useful contributions.
    2. resume
    3. transcripts
  2. Send your complete application as a PDF file to caris.ubc@gmail.com. Please put the words “volunteer application” in the subject line.
  3. Please review the volunteer agreement

Please note that volunteers must be accepted by and assigned to a graduate student working in the lab and work with them on their research project(s). Volunteers will also be expected to assist with lab maintenance activities such as lab clean-up, website and wiki development. Acceptance as a volunteer is not a guarantee of future employment within the CARIS lab, but it does help a lot.

Interns from Abroad


We regularly accept undergraduate interns from German universities and colleges through the DAAD-RISE program.

Mitacs Globalink

Through the Mitacs Globalink program, undergraduate interns from countries such as India, China, Brazil, and Mexico may perform research in our lab.

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