The Technoships is a unique research training program in technology law, ethics and policy for University of Ottawa first-year students.
This research internship program was developed to provide first-year students with financial assistance, cultivate mentoring relationships, and offer an early opportunity to work with Faculty members from the Centre for Law, Technology and Society on current research initiatives.
During their internship, the Technoship Fellows will join the research teams of our Faculty members who will mentor and train them. As part of the program, beyond being mentored by professors, Technoship Fellows benefit from workshops around literature review, legal citation, data management, etc.
Selected students will receive a research bursary of $1,000. Training activities and research will be carried out during the January and Winter semesters as coordinated by your mentor/supervisor (for a total of approximately 60 hours of activities).
The selection process usually takes place from October to December. This program is exclusively reserved for first-year students.
The annual call for applications is published in October in the "Opportunities" section.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I do as a Technoship fellows?
These Technoships are an initiation to research in the legal and policy field. Exact activities and research tasks will depend on the project which the student will be selected for. This is designed for first-year students to give them a taste of research, and to be able to apply for research assistant positions later on, as policy and legal research is different than most other fields.
How do you select Technoship fellows?
We’re looking for curious and brilliant people to train the next generation of technology law, ethics, and policy researchers. No specific knowledge of law nor technology is required to apply. That’s why we don’t ask for transcripts.
Obviously, an interest in technology law, ethics, and policy will be appreciated. If you have experience related to the topic of some projects you’re applying to, you should also mention it (e.g. you’re an artist and would like to research copyright, or worked in finance and would like to research cryptocurrencies).
Can I apply if I am a second- or third-year student?
This program is restricted to first-year students. However, upper-year and graduate students who wish to work with one of our members are invited to reach out directly to them to discuss potential research assistantship opportunities. Please consult our directory.
Can I apply to one or more professors?
You can apply to as many Technoship positions as you wish. This will not be seen negatively by professors. As a matter of fact, professors don’t know if you have applied just with them, or with anybody else.
To whom should the cover letter be addressed?
If you are applying to only one professor, address the letter directly to that professor. However, if there is more than one professor, you can use greetings such as “Dear Professors” or “To whom it may concern”. This will not be seen negatively by professors.
Is there any interview?
There is no in-person interview. You may want to contact specific professors. However, it is not usual for them to meet with the students or interview them before the match happens. Indeed, facing the impossibility for them to meet with all interested students, it would be unfair for them to only meet certain students.