The QUEST Exchanges/Interships




Recognizing the breadth of experience that comes from not only learning new techniques and methodologies to research problems, but also from being immersed in different environments while being exposed to different ways of working, we encourage students to undertake periods of research with our partners and collaborators.


All QuEST PhD students have the opportunity to undertake one 3 to 6-month research exchange or internship with a foreign academic institution or one of our partners from industry. This will usually occur in the last two years of study, and will be arranged through agreement between the student, supervisor(s) and the location of the internship or exchange. These internships or exchanges are expected to align with and enhance the student's breadth and depth of their own research through collaboration.


QuEST MSc/MASc students will not typically undertake an internship or exchange due to the shorter time frame allotted for research in these programs. However, special circumstances where the experience would strongly advance the student's research project and goals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. During the internship/exchange period, the student will continue to receive their normal stipend, and travel funding will be provided if required. Upon returning to UBC, internship/exchange students will be expected to give a seminar on the work they did and their experience during that time.


Our partners include local companies, IBM Almaden, several foreign universities and the Max Planck institutes. Individual researchers may also have additional collaborations that may benefit your studies.


Interns with extensive training and access to SBQMI expertise and resources may also enable their hosts to embark on research in new areas. Hosts interested in initiating new connections should contact




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