Western’s PhD Internship not only benefits students, but benefits doctoral supervisors and graduate chairs; who mentor and support doctoral students
The PhD Internship program aligns with the Own Your Future competencies, which complement the disciplinary preparation that students receive through coursework, research, conference participation and interaction with faculty and peers by providing resources to help them communicate more clearly, manage projects and teams, and establish collaborative relationships. 

How can Western’s PhD Internship program benefit Supervisors?

Through participation in the PhD Internship students will develop more self-awareness of the skills they need for success in academia. The table below highlights how the PhD Internship will impact your relationship with your student:  


Benefit to Student-Supervisor Relationship

Career Engagement

    • Encourages student to explore career goals and assess career aspirations
    • Prepares student for job interviews
    • Reduces student's employment anxiety
    • Student employment success improves your HQP Record
    • Increases purposeful engagement of the student

Communication and Relationship Building

    • Improves student's writing for publications and for the thesis
    • Enables student to more effectively disseminate research
    • Helps the student to prepare better presentations
    • Improves the interpersonal relationship between the student and supervisor
    • Improves the student's ability to provide constructive feedback to others

Intercultural and Social Fluency

    • Improves interpersonal relationships in multiple contexts and settings
    • Prepares student to take advantage of diverse opportunities
    • Improves the student's ability to work collaboratively with others
    • Encourages student to identify and address their own biases
    • Helps student adapt behaviour and to communicate effectively in diverse groups/setting
    • Encourages student to respect individual perspectives


    • Encourages student to recognize and embrace opportunities
    • Improves the student's judgement
    • Improves student's decision-making ability
    • Improves student's ability to plan, implement and trouble-shoot projects 
    • Improves student's ability to initiate collaboration with other researchers
    • Encourages student to reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses
    • Improves the student's ability to supervise more junior members of a project


    • Student develops strategies to maintain health and sustain productivity
    • Student learns effective time management and prioritization
    • Improves student's financial literacy, reducing financial stress
    • Encourages the student to seek help when needed/appropriate
    • Student's improved morale and confidence promotes creativity and innovation

Teaching and Learning

    • Student has improved ability to articulate research goals and achievements and their impact
    • Improves student's ability to deliver a seminar
    • Encourages student to engage in self-directed learning