Global Water Futures Summer Research Internship

Saskatoon, SK, Canada 🇨🇦

Context and Purpose: The world is entering an era of immense water-related threats. Climate change and human actions are altering precipitation patterns, reducing snowpacks, accelerating glacial melt, intensifying floods, and increasing the risk of droughts. This change has tremendous implications on the future of human health and food production as it relates to our environment.

To help address this challenge, the Global Water Futures (GWF) program was established in 2016 and has become the largest university-led water research program in the world. So far the GWF has funded 33 research projects and six core teams for a total grant of $185 million to accomplish its research goals over next 3 years. These projects involves 152 researchers from 15 Canadian universities working with 210 partners.

In order to ensure GWF achieves its stated goals of improving disaster warning, predict water futures and inform adaptation to change and risk management, it is critical to track the progress of funded research projects and core teams. In addition, dissemination of this information to users and stakeholders is equally critical.

Therefore, we are inviting applications from outstanding UofS undergraduate students (including recent graduates) having either Engineering or Science background to help us develop GWF performance indicators, perform basic statistical analysis and develop graphs, develop reports, and assist us in outreach activities. Only candidates with a valid Canadian work permit can be considered.

Duties: The successful candidate will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Assist us in tracking progress reports from 33 projects and 6 core teams, compiling information from individual reports into more usable form, perform basic statistical analysis, and develop graphs
  • Assist with development of progress reports to federal government, and compile statistics to develop performance indicators
  • Assist with outreach activities, including maintenance and updating of existing GWF website, updating GWF social media accounts, development of handouts and articles in collaboration with the Outreach Coordinator and Communication Specialist
  • Assist with organization of network meetings, events and workshops
  • Other activities as assigned by the Director of Operations, GWF

Reporting/Location: The student will report to Dr. Phani Adapa, Director of Operations, GWF program and will primarily be located at the National Hydrology Research Centre, 11 Innovation Boulevard, Saskatoon, SK S7N 3H5.


We are seeking applications from UofS undergraduate students (including recent graduates) having either engineering or science background with an aptitude to work in a collaborative environment, and willing to work both under direct supervision and independently.

Skills: The candidate are expected to have good academic standing in respective field of education, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to prepare succinct reports, be curious and able to understand the big picture, possess strong time management and organizational skills, have proven teamwork and leadership ability.

Salary Information: The salary is offered as per the UofS Student Rates.

Hours per Week: This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week
Duration: The employment duration is from May 1 – August 31, 2018.

Application Procedure: To be considered for this opportunity, please submit the following documents via email to the attention of Michelle Martel-Andre, Director HR and Facilities at [email protected]:

  • a statement of purpose (up to 2 pages) that details relevant academic excellence, research and technical abilities, communication, interpersonal and leadership qualities
  • an updated resume
  • names of three referees


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.