Students and teachers

The goal of OICR’s engaging youth programs is to connect with high school students and teachers throughout Ontario to generate excitement and interest in cancer research. Through these programs, students and teachers can experience what it is like to be a cancer researcher.

OICR offers a wide range of engaging opportunities – from class field trips to internships and virtual visits from our scientists – to enrich the school curriculum. Through these experiences, we hope to expand student awareness and understanding of cancer research work and career options, and encourage youth to develop their academic and career interests in cancer research.

Co-op placements and internships

OICR offers co-operative education and internship opportunities throughout the academic calendar year. Opportunities are coordinated and posted through the various university and college work placement offices. Postings and the application process follow the university term schedule, and typically begin four months before the anticipated start date.

OICR currently coordinates with McMaster University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Fleming College.

Gene Researcher for a Week

OICR participates in the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation ‘Gene Researcher for a Week’ program. This program fosters the growth of the next generation of genetic clinician-scientists throughout high schools in Canada.

Highly motivated and ambitious students from grades 11 and 12 are selected and placed in labs of scientists for one week over spring break. This experience gives young students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work alongside cancer research scientists.

For more information or to apply for the program, visit:

High school visits to OICR

Throughout the school year, teachers and groups of students may arrange to visit OICR.

To schedule a visit or for more information, please send an email to