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Intern, Impact Action Lab (IAL) (Casual, 12-month term)


Alberta Innovates is seeking a graduate student to support the work of Alberta Innovates Impact Action Lab (IAL) and liaise with partners and clients of the IAL. Working collaboratively with innovation ecosystem partners, the IAL is focused on advancing the scholarship of impact, informing policy and practices. The primary objectives for the Intern, IAL, is to conduct landscape analysis, data and qualitative analysis, synthesize literature, develop impact case studies, narratives, and reports, support public facing workshops, courses and events, and increase awareness of the impact of Alberta Innovates and ecosystem clients.


Are you our Intern, Impact Action Lab? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Enjoy compiling, synthesising, and analyzing complex data sets
  • Are passionate about using data to paint a picture of the impact an organization or initiative has made
  • Are a current undergraduate student registered at an Alberta educational institution.


We are game changers

Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance the well-being of Albertans through research and innovation.


Our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, offers a diversified range of scientific engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up. Our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre. InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:

This is an Edmonton-based, 12-month term casual employment position (up to 900 hours) for a graduate student. The successful incumbent will work closely with the Executive Director, IAL, and will be accountable for (but not limited to) the following:

  • Assists with ongoing survey project work including design, analysis, and reporting
  • Assists with literature reviews
  • Supports the development of impact case studies, narratives, and reports
  • Utilizes quantitative and qualitative analysis to assist the communication of impact for Alberta Innovates and ecosystem clients
  • Support outreach events, schools, courses and events
  • Conduct literature and synthesis reviews to inform ecosystem gaps and program design
  • Conduct landscape analysis that includes environmental scans, document/data reviews, interviews with key subject matter experts, associated infographics.



  • Graduate student currently enrolled at an Alberta educational institution
    • A strong social science/business/research background in mixed research methods (qualitative or quantitative) is considered a strong asset
  • Working knowledge of data visualization techniques and software
  • Basic database and data management skills
  • Strong research analysis (including surveys and qualitative methodologies) & business focused analytical skills
  • Experience in completing literature reviews, landscape analysis, environmental scans
  • Experience with SPSS and qualitative software (e.g. NVIVO) an advantage
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Solutions-driven and adaptable
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize appropriately, and manage multiple competing timelines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Excellent communications (both written and oral), interpersonal and knowledge translation skills



Why Alberta Innovates?

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance.  


At Alberta Innovates, we respect diversity and embrace an inclusive culture. We value uniqueness and different perspectives as they play a critical role in our success. To achieve this, individuals are selected based on qualifications, merit, and abilities and we encourage applications from all backgrounds to apply.  


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.