Industrial Internship Program

Industrial On-site Internships Guidelines

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1. Objectives

The primary objective of this internship program is to give students a hands-on experience on practices in industry and an opportunity for acquiring new research skills, including project management principles, and understanding the decision making drug development processes. This experience will provide them a unique insight into the modus operandi in industry and eventually contribute to their employability.

On the other hand, this type of internship gives the host companies the opportunity to train highly qualified personnel whom they may eventually recruit to advance their company’s interests.

2. Description

This program consists of supporting students to work on-site on drug-related projects in industry. The internship can be achieved in any company dealing with therapeutics at any level of development, including discovery, pharmacokinetics, phase I-III clinical trials etc. Since the drug development process is a multidisciplinary and risk management approach, the interns may be exposed to additional facets including: regulatory, manufacturing, quality control and validation, marketing, business development etc., providing them with a unique opportunity to appreciate the complexity of transitioning ideas from the lab bench to market. Generic drug companies involved in applied research are eligible, providing that the internship is project oriented.

The placement can last a minimum of 2 to 4 months.

A total of 5 scholarships in the amount of up to $5,000 will be available to support the students during their internship period.

3. Eligibility

3.1 Students eligibility

The competition is opened to all students studying under the supervision of one of a DDTP mentor (see list of DDTP mentors)

Students should be at the late phase of their PhDs (3rd, 4th or 5th year of studies) or Masters (last year).

They shall abide by the confidentiality policies of the participating company.

3.2 Companies eligibility

The company must be able to assign a drug-related internship to the student. The company must be able to assign a qualified employee or member with a mentoring role to supervise the student. The company must provide an internship that is project oriented. The placement must be characterized by the ability of the industrial site to allow the student to gain industrial research experience. The company must provide the DDTP with an assessment of the student at the end of the internship. The company can provide a stipend to the student but this is not mandatory.

4. Application Procedures

Students must first obtain approval from their supervisors and subsequently apply to the DDTP. If the application is successful, the applicant will meet with a DDTP executive who will explain the procedure to him/her and assign him/her to a participating company.

5. Funding Conditions

Trainees must provide the DDTP with a two-page report within 3 weeks of completion of the internship. In order to allow a maximum number of students to benefit from these internships, there will be no renewal procedures.

Industrial Internships / Hands-on Practicum Availables

Bioconjugate Chemistry Internship at Angiochem


Angiochem is seeking a highly motivated biochemistry student interested in participating in an ongoing research projects for 2 to 3 months. The student will be trained by a senior scientist and involved in the chemical synthesis of novel bioconjugates between enzymes and peptide molecules. The candidate will also learn several techniques for purification (AKTA etc.) and characterization (SEC, MALDI-TOF, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot etc.) of those bioconjugates. The therapeutic utility of the conjugates will be further evaluated in enzymatic and pharmacological assays, which will be performed by other colleagues, but if interested, the student may learn some of those techniques. Angiochem offers a dynamic work environment and strong support for the student career development.

Eligibility: Students of DDTP mentors

Location: Angiochem
201 President-Kennedy Ave., Suite PK-2880
Montreal, Quebec H2X 3Y7

Duration: 2 to 3 months

To Apply: Send CV to

Internship at Neomed

Institute Neo Med

Created in November 2012, and located in the Technoparc Montreal, NEOMED is a not-for-profit, public-private alliance dedicated to drug discovery and development of new drugs for very early stage (target validation) to clinical proof-of-concept (early phase II). NEOMED acts as a foster home for promising assets emerging from academia and biotechnology companies. NEOMED is pioneering an innovative approach to drug development, with a clear mission to bridge the gap between early stage innovations and the healthcare needs of society.

We provide industry-level drug discovery and development expertise and funding to bring promising therapeutic approaches up to human proof-of-concept, a stage where the projects will become attractive to the biopharmaceutical industry or as the basis for the creation of solid start-up companies in Quebec.

NEOMED has a sophisticated model where selection of assets entering the portfolio is based on multiple parameters: science, feasibility and value to patients and the bio-pharma community. We would like to improve the model used for selection of assets, more specifically with regards to potential assets in oncology during the clinical phase.

Eligibility: Students of DDTP mentors

Location: Technoparc, Montréal, Ville Saint-Laurent

Duration: 2 to 3 months

To Apply: Send CV to

Biology Research Internship at Pharmascience Inc. – January 2015

Pharma Science

DEPARTMENT: Biology (Research Division)


Pharmascience Inc. is currently seeking a highly motivated candidate for an internship position within the Biology Group. The student will be involved in a diversity of research activities focused on the characterization of novel compounds for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. The candidate will participate in the development and performance of disease-specific in vitro cellular assays for evaluation of compound potency. He (she) will also be trained to perform assays for measurement of in vivo compound effects in plasma/tissues from rodent models of inflammatory diseases. The student will work within a small dynamic group with cross-functional activities supporting multiple teams in the drug discovery process. The candidate will have the unique opportunity to liaise with colleagues in Medicinal Chemistry, In Vivo Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Bio-Analytical Chemistry. This will provide an opportunity to gain an enhanced understanding of the steps involved in the discovery and optimization of novel compounds, and the impact of their work on this process.

Eligibility: Students of DDTP mentors

Location: McGill University

Duration: 2 to 3 months

To Apply: Send CV to

Intern Biology student – Janvier 2015

Vertex Pharmaceuticals



Vertex creates new possibilities in medicine. Our team discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapies so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. Vertex scientists and our collaborators are working on new medicines to cure or significantly advance the treatment of hepatitis C, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded more than 20 years ago in Cambridge, Mass., we now have ongoing worldwide research programs and sites in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Canada) Inc. (located in Laval, Quebec) is currently seeking a candidate within the Biology Department. As part of this internship, the candidate will have the opportunity to work with a team of more than 20 biologists. He (she) will participate to various activities within the Biology Department, but mainly on the evaluation of new therapeutic approaches to treat inflammatory bowel diseases.

The candidate will participate to cellular and/or molecular biology experiments and to the characterization of small molecules in various biological assays using advanced instruments. He (she) will have to follow good laboratory practices and security rules and regulations as specified by Vertex heath and security guidelines.

At Vertex, learning by doing is what we’re all about. As an intern with us, you will have the opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry from a hands-on perspective. You will learn from some of the brightest people in the industry, while working on projects geared toward helping you obtain real life experience.

The Vertex Internship Program offers you the opportunity to be part of a unique, fast-paced, and innovative pharmaceutical company – one that is focused on creating new possibilities in medicine, so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. The company offers a base salary and the reimbursement of transportation.

The prerequisites in order to apply for the internship program at Vertex are :

Eligibility: Students of DDTP mentors

Location: Vertex, Laval, QC

Duration: 2 to 3 months

To Apply: Send CV to

Hands-on Practice in Proteomics

McGill University

Dr. Jason Young

Department of Biochemistry

McGill University

The workshop would offer practical, hands-on training in a small group environment. It will begin on August 18 and held over 7 consecutive days, for up to 10 people. Methods will include sample preparation, 2D-gel analysis, tryptic digestion and LC/MS, data analysis, and possibly phosphopeptide enrichment.

There is a $500 fee per registered student. The DDTP will cover this fee for student working with DDTP mentor’s lab. Interested laboratories should contact Aube Mamias:

Eligibility: Students of DDTP mentors

Location: McGill University

Duration: 7 days starting August 18th

To Apply: Send CV to