Summer 2021 Student recruitment Artificial Intelligence HUB

External and Trade Policy Branch
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Details of the offer


The Artificial Intelligence Hub within the External and Trade Policy Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is seeking a graduate level (Masters or PhD) student for a virtual placement for the Summer 2021 term from May 3 – August 27, 2021. The student will help provide strategic policy advice to senior management on various domestic and international artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives, including: federal-provincial-territorial engagement; the Government of Canada’s AI Advisory Council; the Global Partnership on AI; the International Center of Expertise in Montreal for the Advancement of AI; participation at the G7, the G20, the OECD, etc.


The student will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and gain knowledge of the Department’s mandate, while contributing to a dynamic team leading an ambitious domestic and international agenda with key partners.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Providing input into policy documents, including briefing materials, presentations, and correspondence for senior officials and the Minister
  • Liaising with other experts in the department and across the federal government
  • Conducting research relevant to Canada’s AI agenda and priorities
  • Supporting international advocacy efforts by coordinating departmental outreach
  • Building the in-country fact-base to support international engagement strategies
  • Drafting, summarizing, and analyzing research papers and reports.

Key Competencies and Knowledge

  • Experience conducting research and analysis
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently under tight timelines
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of domestic and international artificial intelligence, data, digital, and innovation policies is an asset
  • Bilingualism is an asset

The salary will be determined in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada policy on student rates of pay.

Candidates must submit a cover letter indicating what they would bring to and hope to learn from their placement, a CV, and a recent copy of their university transcripts as a single PDF document to by February 19, 2021. Please indicate in your cover letter and CV whether you also hold a security clearance with the federal government.


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