Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) TalentEdge Internships

The TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP) stream of the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) provides support for current college and university students and recent undergraduate or Masters graduates, to work on industry-driven research and development projects related to Next Generation Network (NGN) technologies at Ontario-based SMEs using the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) platform. Companies can tap into world-class talent coming out of Ontario's publicly-funded post-secondary institutions and strengthen their capacity to develop new products, services and processes, while interns receive hands-on industry experience to excel in the digital economy.

Program Summary

Program Name

NGNP - TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP)

Program Status and Submission Deadline

✓ Open for Applications (accepted at any time)

What it Supports

Support for Ontario college and university students, and recent graduates, to work on industry-driven R&D projects

Project Sector

Next Generation Network (NGN) technologies

Basic Eligibility Criteria

(A full list of eligibility requirements is available.)

Intern:

  • Final-year undergraduate student; Masters or PhD student; or within three years of graduation from an undergraduate or Masters program from an Ontario college or university

Applicant:

  • For-profit company with operations in Ontario
  • Small- or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) with fewer than 500 total employees

Project:

  • Project-based, with clearly defined R&D activities, milestones and outcomes to be completed within the internship duration
  • Preferably utilizing the CENGN platform

OCE Funding

$10,000 per four-month unit, to the applicant company. Maximum of $60,000 (six units) per application.

Project Duration

Four months per unit, up to 24 months total per project. See Eligibility tab for details on maximum units per internship type.

Matching Requirement

$5,000 cash plus $5,000 in-kind from the company per four-month unit

How to Apply

See details on the How to Apply tab.

Contact

Search OCE’s Knowledge Base of Frequently Asked Questions. For further assistance, see details on the Contacts tab.

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Program Overview and Benefits

The TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP) stream of the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) provides support for current college and university students and recent undergraduate or Masters graduates, to work on industry-driven research and development projects related to Next Generation Network (NGN) technologies at Ontario-based SMEs, preferably using the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) platform. Companies can tap into world-class talent coming out of Ontario's publicly-funded post-secondary institutions and strengthen their capacity to develop new products, services and processes, while interns receive hands-on industry experience to excel in the digital economy.

  • Along with applying directly for internships, Ontario-based SMEs may also apply for internships as part of an NGN Demonstration Project. For more details, refer to the NGN Demonstration Program Guidelines.

Benefits to Companies

Benefits to Interns

Benefits to Companies

  • Gain access to cutting-edge knowledge, new talent, unique facilities and equipment to extend company R&D capabilities
  • Create solutions to current industry challenges, leading to increased productivity, cost savings, revenue and job creation
  • Develop and retain top talent in Ontario

Benefits to Interns

  • Gain valuable, hands-on experience
  • Use knowledge and innovative ideas to help solve real-world R&D challenges
  • Establish relationships with industry and within OCE's networks

How Funding Works

OCE Contribution

$10,000 per four-month unit for eligible project costs, up to maximum of $60,000 (six units)

Industry Partner Contribution

$10,000 ($5,000 cash plus $5,000 in-kind) minimum per four-month unit

Of the total $20,000 per unit, the intern MUST receive a minimum cash compensation of $15,000. The remainder may be used for direct project costs.

Funding Recipient

Applicant company

Institutional Overhead

Not eligible

Eligibility Requirements

Intern

  • Undergraduate level:
    • Undergraduate students in their final year of study (registered at an accredited College or University in Ontario)
    • Or recent graduates from an undergraduate program from an accredited College/University (within three years of graduation)
  • Graduate level:
    • Current Masters and PhD students (registered at an accredited College or University in Ontario)
    • Recent Masters graduates from an accredited College/University (within three years of graduation)
  • For institution-based internships, the intern must have active status at the academic institution for the duration of the internship
  • For company-based internships the intern must be eligible to work in Ontario (resident of Ontario) and have employee status at the company for the duration of the internship
  • Consecutive internships may be held
  • The intern may not apply with a company where there is any conflict of interest, including, but not limited to, a company where the intern or relatives have any control as a major creditor or shareholder or governing board member
  • Interns may not apply if they are currently enrolled in a co-op program or other equivalent job placement/employment program
  • The intern may not apply if, at the time of application submission, they are a current or past employee (within the last six months) of the company (including consultants, contract position, part-time, etc.)
  • Interns may hold a maximum of internship units as mentioned in the table below:
  • Educational Status

    Maximum Number of 4-Month Units per Intern

    Current final-year undergraduate student 3
    Recent graduate 3
    Current Masters student 3
    Recent Masters graduate 3
    Current PhD student 6

Company

  • For-profit, incorporated in Ontario or Canada, and has a valid
    CRA business number The 9-digit business number (BN) is a common client identifier for businesses to simplify their dealings with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. The BN is the first nine digits of your company’s HST account number. The BN for your company may be verified at one of the following links: Industry Canada or CRA.
    *Note that your CRA designated 9 digit BN will differ from your Government of Ontario designated Corporation number.
  • Small- or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) with fewer than 500 total employees
  • Developing NGN technology-based innovation or innovative processes for competitive advantage in provincial, national and/or global markets, preferably using the CENGN platform
  • Has operations and/or R&D in Ontario related to the project
    • Has the intent and potential to apply, exploit and/or commercialize the results of the project for the economic benefit of Ontario
    • Has the necessary expertise and resources to put the project into effect within an appropriate time frame
  • In good financial and reporting standing with OCE

Project

  • Defined project with clear activities, milestones and outcomes, to be executed within the duration of the internship (not a "first job"-type placement)
  • Has an R&D component related to NGN technologies, preferably using the CENGN platform
  • Interns will receive on-the-job training in areas related to NGN technologies
  • Commensurate with the intern's experience and expertise
  • Maximum of six units per application/company in a year (i.e. maximum $60,000 in OCE contribution per application)
    • Pre-approval by the OCE Program Manager is required to apply for more than six units
  • Intellectual property (IP) arising from the project will be managed by the project participants; OCE does not claim or manage IP rights. The parties are bound by the IP terms of the company where the intern is an employee for the duration of the internship.
  • Participants MUST enter into an agreement with OCE and cooperate in providing project outcomes and metrics, annually at a minimum
  • View a list of eligible expenses
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How to Apply

Program Status: ✓ Open for applications (accepted at any time)

  1. If you are ready to start applying for the NGNP - TalentEdge Internship Program stream, please click the appropriate button to complete the Eligibility Questionnaire*.


    Recent Undergraduate Internships

    Current Masters Student Internships

    Recent Masters Graduate Internships

    Current PhD Student Internships

    *The applicant company should complete the Eligibility Questionnaire when ready to apply for funding. Companies that do not have a research partner or intern, or wish to find out more about NGNP or other OCE programs, should submit a generic client intake form.

    Please note: completion of this Eligibility Questionnaire does not constitute an application for funding.

  2. OCE will review the Eligibility Questionnaire within one to two business days. If the applicant, intern and project meet the program eligibility criteria, you will be sent a link to OCE's online application system, AccessOCE.
  3. Complete the online application form and upload the required supporting documents.
    • Required supporting documents:
      • Company Profile submitted by the applicant company, including valid nine-digit
        CRA business number The 9-digit business number (BN) is a common client identifier for businesses to simplify their dealings with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. The BN is the first nine digits of your company’s HST account number. The BN for your company may be verified at one of the following links: Industry Canada or CRA.
        *Note that your CRA designated 9 digit BN will differ from your Government of Ontario designated Corporation number.
        , incorporation date and number of employees (globally and in Ontario)
      • Intern's CV
      • Intern's official transcript

    For assistance, please see the following resources:

  4. OCE will internally review the application within approximately one week for eligibility, completeness and financial compliance. A list of any deficiencies will be sent to the applicant for revision. Applicants will have only two chances to make all required changes to their application; if outstanding issues remain after the second revision, the application will be withdrawn.
  5. Eligible and complete applications will be sent for review by external, subject matter experts. A funding decision will be provided within four to six weeks.

Reference Documents

Assessment Process and Criteria

The NGNP - TalentEdge Internship Program stream is a discretionary, non-entitlement program with limited funding. All eligible applications undergo a review process where the applications are assessed against program objectives and other criteria. Not all eligible applications will be approved for funding.

  1. Complete applications will undergo a written external peer review by three subject-matter experts from academia, industry and/or government. Reviewers are contractually bound by confidentiality and conflict of interest requirements.
  2. Recommendations from the peer review process will be assessed by OCE's Internal Review Panel, which will have responsibility for the final OCE decision.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated against assessment criteria including:

  • Project Description: clarity of project and objectives and relevance to the company
  • Project Plan: clarity of objectives for the intern, suitability of methodology and feasibility of timeline and milestones
  • Intern Qualifications and Experience: suitability of intern's background and expertise for the project, benefit of the placement to the intern and strength of interaction with the partner organization to provide the intern with first-hand industry experience and/or exposure
  • Overall quality and completeness of the application
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Project Activation

  • Upon approval of a project for funding, the applicant will be forwarded a copy of OCE's standard funding agreement for execution. This funding agreement must be signed, via OCE's online electronic signature function, by the applicant and returned to OCE within fifteen (15) days of notification of an approved award.
    • A copy of the Funding Agreement can be downloaded for your reference. Please do not fill out this form; a copy of the agreement will be generated through OCE's online management system and sent to you upon approval of your project.
  • Upon receipt of the funding agreement, OCE will activate the project
  • The start date will be by default the date of activation and may not be changed

Flow of Funds

  • Upon activation, OCE will release a payment equal to 75 per cent of the OCE award. The remaining 25 per cent of the OCE award will be held back until project completion. For example:
  • OCE award amount

    $10,000

    Applicant contribution

    $5,000 cash plus $5,000 in-kind

    Funds released upon project activation

    $7,500

    Holdback

    $2,500

    • OCE will not release any funds until the project is activated and will not be held responsible for any expenses incurred for the project prior to activation. If for any reason the requirements for activation are not met within fifteen (15) days from the date of release of the approval notification, the funding offer may be retracted.
  • The holdback will be released upon project completion and receipt of the following: applicant final progress and financial reports, outcomes, and proof of payment for the intern (see details in Project Reporting section).

Project Reporting Requirements

The following project reports will be required. Please note that completion of all required reports is a contractual obligation to receive funding from OCE.

Final Reports

  • Forty-five (45) days prior to the scheduled completion date, the applicant and intern will receive a notification of the project end date from OCE's AccessOCE system, with a link to the Final Project Report should the partners wish to begin entering data. If an extension to complete the project is required, the applicant MUST request it prior to the scheduled project completion date using the Project Administration tab in their AccessOCE project file. A maximum extension of three months will be allowable.
    • As part of the final report, applicants MUST provide proof of payment for the intern (MUST include intern's name, company/institution name, payment periods and amounts, e.g. intern pay stub, payroll print-out, T4/T4A).
  • On the scheduled project completion date, the applicant and intern will receive notification and a link to complete a Final Project Report (including progress, financials and metrics) from OCE's AccessOCE system. Both of the applicant and intern reports MUST be received and approved by OCE within thirty (30) days of project completion.
  • All required final reports by all partners MUST be submitted within 30 days of project completion in order to release the holdback and maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Retrospective Survey

  • At one, two and three years after project completion, the company will be sent a link to complete a retrospective survey to collect data on commercial outcomes from the project. This information is required by OCE for assessment of program impact and continuous improvement.

Project Changes

  • For any variances to the OCE budget of $5,000 or greater, or extensions to the project end date, the applicant MUST complete a Project Change Request form prior to the project end date using the Project Administration tab in their AccessOCE project file. A maximum extension of three months will be allowable.
  • For any other material change to the project, including, but not limited to, changes related to the applicant company, the intern, scope of work or eligible expenses, the applicant MUST contact the Program Manager as soon as the changes are known.

For More Information

Search OCE’s Knowledge Base of Frequently Asked Questions.

For further questions regarding program guidelines, eligibility, and submitting the online application, please contact your OCE Business Development Manager

For other inquiries, please contact:

Natalia Lobo
Program Manager
Tel: 416-861-1092 x1061
Email: natalia.lobo@oce-ontario.org


How to Apply

Program Status: ✓ Open for Applications (accepted on a rolling basis) 

Start the Application Process (complete the eligibility questionnaire) for:


Recent Undergraduate Internships

Current Masters Student Internships

Recent Masters Graduate Internships

Current PhD Student Internships

*The applicant company should complete the Eligibility Questionnaire when ready to apply for funding. Companies that do not have an intern, or wish to find out more about NGNP or other OCE programs, should submit a generic Client Intake FormPlease note: completion of this Eligibility Questionnaire does not constitute an application for funding. See details on the How to Apply tab.


Last updated: Feb. 06, 2020