Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) Intern

U of A, Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI)

Posted 01-Feb-2017

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Minimum Education Required

Some Post-Secondary

Area(s) of Study


Duration and Term

  • Temporary -- Full Time
  • Internship -- Full Time

Job Status


Job Description

The University of Alberta Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) supports the involvement of undergraduate students from all disciplines in research and creative activities. The URI has five main functions:

  • To raise students’ awareness of and interest in undergraduate research.
  • To support students in developing the knowledge and skills needed for participation in undergraduate research.
  • To facilitate opportunities for students to engage in undergraduate research.
  • To assist students in disseminating and celebrating undergraduate research results and achievements.
  • To create and sustain a culture of undergraduate research at the University of Alberta.

Reporting to the Undergraduate Research Coordinator, the Undergraduate Research Initiative Intern will assist with the five functions of the URI, including planning, promoting, delivering, and evaluating undergraduate research programming and events.

One of the major responsibilities of the successful applicant will be to plan and implement all aspects of the U of A Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (FURCA), including the Undergraduate Research Symposium event, scheduled to take place in March 2018. In addition, the successful applicant will plan and support ongoing URI programs and services throughout the year, including Research Crawls, URI Stipend and Support Fund processes, and URI’s Peer Undergraduate Research Liaison volunteer program.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Select and schedule guests, including speakers, dignitaries, exhibitors and panelists
  • Coordinate exhibits, displays, performance spaces, catering and room bookings
  • Coordinate registration, scheduling and promotion of URI-affiliated events
  • Contribute to sponsorship and fund development strategies
  • Contribute to and implement evaluation processes and materials
  • Assist with scheduling and support to URI’s Peer Undergraduate Research Liaison (PURL) volunteers
  • Maintain inventories of undergraduate research opportunities and actively seek out additional items for these inventories (e.g. funding sources, events, deadlines, positions)
  • Develop supporting materials for programming, presentations and services (e.g. videos, podcasts, slideshares, information sheets, handouts)
  • Contribute to URI promotions and communications (e.g. e-newsletter, social media)
  • Engage in critical thinking about and provide constructive feedback on URI’s programming, materials and methods; this includes preparing a final report reviewing work completed during the internship as well as recommendations related to the internship position
  • Perform other duties as required



  • Interest in undergraduate research and creative activities
  • A strong commitment to supporting students
  • Event planning, coordination and marketing experience
  • Time management, organizational and multitasking abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Self-confidence and a positive attitude towards work
  • Flexibility and creativity, with an interest in contributing to the implementation and revision of programming


  • 2-701 Students' Union Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Additional Information

  • This is a 12-month position. Applicants must be available to work full-time from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018.
  • Hours of work are generally 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (May to August) and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (September to April), Monday to Friday. Some evening and weekend work will be required.
  • This position is open to current University of Alberta undergraduate students enrolled in a recognized work experience or internship program (e.g. Arts Work Experience, Science Internship, Business Co-op, etc.) or recent graduates (within the past 2 years).

Application Requirements

  • Please include a covering letter.
  • Please submit a resume.
  • In your cover letter, please describe your motivation for applying for this position. Please save your application package in one document, named as "URIInternApplication2017-2018_YourLastName".

Application Instructions

You may apply for this position through any of the means below.

Contact Information

Crystal Snyder