RBC to invest in StFX students
October 12th, 2017
St. Francis Xavier University, and RBC Foundation, are pleased to announce the RBC Undergraduate Research Internship program. This initiative is part of RBC Future Launch, a multi-year commitment to ensure Canadian youth are more confident, better prepared and better equipped for the future of work.
“In this time of unprecedented economic and technological change, Canada’s future prosperity will depend on our young people and their ability to lead us forward,” said Patricia DePalma, RBC’s regional vice president for Cape Breton and Northeastern Nova Scotia. “We are thrilled to be partnering with a progressive institution like StFX on this internship program, which we are confident will have a tremendous impact on participating youth.”
“RBC’s $300,000 donation to create the internship program will allow StFX undergraduate students to build on the knowledge they acquired in their degree courses,” said Dr. Kent MacDonald, President of StFX. “It will allow our students to develop and apply new analytic skills that will benefit their ongoing training and career development post-graduation.”
The research is student-driven, and will provide students the opportunity to be involved in the creation of new knowledge and the creative use of existing knowledge through original research in areas of policy, government and leadership.
Starting January 2018, applications will be accepted for the RBC Undergraduate Research Internship program.
All research will be supervised by a StFX faculty mentor as well as resident visiting fellows or associates of the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government. Priority will be given to students focusing on areas such as youth employment; women’s studies and leadership; economics; trade and finance; Indigenous affairs and governance, entrepreneurship and more.
The internship program aligns well with RBC Future Launch by providing work integrated learning opportunities for 48 students over a six-year period in a part of the province where such opportunities are limited.