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Applied Internships

Gain valuable experience in the field of AI with Vector’s Applied Internship Program. Work full or part-time alongside Vector’s professional staff on data-centric projects, or work with industry and healthcare partners to advance AI implementation.

P.S. We’ve converted 20 interns to full-time staff at Vector.

Past internship roles have included:

  • Mentorship Program & StrategyImplementation Intern: Conduct user testing, implement solutions, analyze feedback, collaborate to expand the I.M.P.A.C.T. Mentorship Program.
  • Applied Machine Learning: Develop reusable software to apply and scale research breakthroughs in machine learning.
  • Applied AI Program Design and Delivery Intern: Support AI education and projects, which enable Vector sponsors and partners to develop, deploy and scale AI applications.
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“What I did not expect was how much I’ve learned about leadership. Thanks to the I.M.P.A.C.T. Mentorship Program, I had the unique opportunity to chat with senior members of Vector’s industry sponsors and learned not only about their achievements in AI, but also the essential interpersonal skills behind these successes.”

Jacob-Junqi Tian

Applied ML Intern, Fall 22 / Winter 23

Sacha Davis, Kathleen, and Henry, Vector Applied AI Interns.

Interning at Vector benefits:

Learn every day with research and commercialization talks, mentorship from the AI ecosystem, and targeted professional development opportunities to accelerate your career. Your future starts here.

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“Some of the brightest personalities I’ve met in Toronto.”

Nik Počuča (Mentor, I.M.P.A.C.T. Mentorship Program)

AI Research Engineer, RiskFuel

You will gain a mentor

Applied interns can participate in the Vector Mentorship Program, where you are matched with an AI expert at a Vector sponsor organization. You and your mentor will make lasting connections, while learning how to strengthen your technical and interpersonal skills meaningfully, and get tips for how to stand out in the job market.

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“Being a part of Vector’s mentorship program has been a wonderful experience: besides being super tightly coordinated (so that all I need to do is show up!), it’s been an opportunity to provide personalized career tips and feedback to people who are just kicking off their careers in AI. I remember quite vividly how much of a grind it was when starting my own career, and so I feel so fortunate that I’m able to pass some knowledge and experience on. I’ve also learned plenty from the students that I have mentored through this program, as they’ve each come from such different walks of life and accomplished many impressive feats already.”

Edward Kim (Mentor, I.M.P.A.C.T. Mentorship Program)

Manager, Machine Learning at Cohere & Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto

Meet some of our previous interns

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Sajjad Pakdamansavoji

AI Education Intern, Summer/Fall 2023

“During my internship at the Vector Institute, I expanded my expertise beyond computer vision, gaining insights into deep learning applications”
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Natasha Ali

Scientific Writer and Communications Intern, Summer/Fall 2023

“As an aspiring content developer, my internship experience has given me significant exposure to the communications and marketing fields.”
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Dami Aremu

AI Project Management Intern, Winter/Summer 2023

“During my internship at Vector, I had the privilege of collaborating with an exceptional group of AI enthusiasts and experts on diverse projects.”
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Aditi Maheshwari

Applied ML Intern, Summer 2022/2023

“The Vector community and all the events like the numerous AI Talks and group events made my experience at Vector a lot more exciting and rewarding.”
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Yusuf Sheikh

Health PM Intern, Winter / Summer 2022

“Vector has provided me with a holistic experience leaving me with a clear direction of how I would like to pivot my career in the future.”
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Sheen Thusoo

Applied ML Intern, Summer 2021

“I connected with several industry experts and learned about their experiences in AI.”
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“The Vector Institute Mentorship Program is a joy to participate in. The Mentees take the responsibility of scheduling sessions and working through the activity plan and they seem very interested in gaining insight and value from the relationship.”

Brian Ritchie (Mentor, I.M.P.A.C.T. Mentorship Program)

Founder & CEO, Kama.AI

Checkout the projects Vector Interns have worked on

Read about past intern experiences

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A change agent for AI workforce transformation: my time as a Vector Institute AI project management intern 

In search of eureka: Sacha Davis’ experience as Vector’s AI project management intern

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“This summer was truly well-spent as I engaged in meaningful mentorship. It wasn’t just beneficial for my mentee, but also for my own personal growth. Through this experience, I had the opportunity to broaden my perspective into new areas and share valuable insights. It was a gratifying journey to spend time with such a highly motivated individual, and together, we navigated the realms of learning and development.”

San Lee (Mentor, I.M.P.A.C.T Mentorship Program)

Chief AI Officer, SpassMed

Applications for Vector’s Applied AI Internships are closed

Vector’s Applied AI Internships are your gateway to cutting-edge research and collaboration. Join our mailing list to get notified when applications reopen for Winter 2025 positions.

Who can apply

Applied internships may be offered to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • You are a self-identified Black or Indigenous student or postdoc (Indigenous ancestry or heritage – First Nations (status or non-status), Métis or Inuit) student or recent grad;
  • You are in the second year or higher, studying at a university or college;
  • You are studying at a Canadian university or college;
  • You are studying in a STEM program (Science, Technology/Computer Science, Engineering, Math) or adjacent disciplines such as Business, Economics or Life Sciences;
  • You meet the additional qualifications listed in each job description.

Vector is committed to building a diverse workforce

At the Vector Institute we are committed to driving excellence and leadership in Canada’s knowledge, creation, and use of AI to foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians. We strive for greater inclusion in the programs and culture that we build by welcoming and encouraging applications from all qualified candidates. In order to relieve disadvantage and alleviate the under-representation of Black and Indigenous people in AI, and to attempt to achieve equal opportunity in the field of AI, preference in hiring will be given to qualified Black and Indigenous persons, studying at or having recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institute, who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is designed to meet the criteria of a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Vector is committed to workforce development in AI and to building a strong and diverse AI ecosystem in Canada. Vector encourages applications to our internship programs from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ persons.

Black and Indigenous students in this training program were funded by the CIFAR Inclusive AI Scholarship Program.

Award Opportunity

Upon completion of the applied or research internship, Black and Indigenous interns who are beginning or continuing their studies at a post-secondary institution in Canada will be eligible to apply for a $1,500 award to help offset the cost of their education.

How to apply

Applications for Applied Internships at Vector are currently closed. Applied AI Internships roles will be posted on Vector’s Digital Talent Hub and here once the intake cycle is opened. You can sign up here to be notified when applications open each term.

TermApplication PeriodInternship Term
FallLate MaySeptember – December
WinterOctoberJanuary – April
SummerFebruaryMay – September

The Applied AI Internships are 16 to 32 weeks in length and run during the Fall, Winter, and Summer terms. Internships can be full-time or part-time and pay $25 an hour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to prepare my application?

Check out this playlist on the Vector YouTube channel, which has tailored content for building your AI portfolio and resume.

I don’t self-identify as Black & Indigenous. Can I still apply?

Vector is committed to workforce development in AI and to building a strong and diverse AI ecosystem in Canada. Vector encourages applications to our internship programs from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ persons.

I recently graduated undergrad/grad school. Can I still be a Vector intern?

If you graduated within the last semester prior to the internship you are eligible for the program. For example: if you graduated Fall 2023, you can intern in winter 2024, but not summer 2024.

Is the work remote or in person?

Internships can be either remote, in person, or hybrid. This should be discussed with the hiring manager when you are interviewed.

I just applied to a research internship. When can I expect to hear about next steps?

If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will reach out within a couple weeks after applications close.

Will I be notified if I am not selected for an internship?

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

If you are selected for an interview but not offered the role, you will be notified.

I’m not eligible for a research internship. Are there any other ways that I can be involved at Vector?

There are many other ways to become part of Vector’s vibrant and growing community: