Tomlinson Internship Program

Tomlinson Internship Program

Invitation for proposals for academic year 2020-2021

Dr. Richard H. Tomlinson (Bishop’s-B.Sc.’43 and DCL’89), a distinguished alumnus of both Bishop’s and McGill, passed away on January 28, 2018 in his 95th year. He is known as the single largest donor in Bishop’s history ($6.8 million).

Richard Tomlinson attended Bishop’s from 1940 to 1943. He contributed to the Mitre and the Yearbook, starred on the ski team, played basketball, and he was Secretary-Treasurer of the Students Association and a member of the chess team. At the same time, he climbed the ranks of the Officer Training Corps to Company Sergeant-Major.

Dr. Tomlinson graduated with a degree in Physics and Chemistry and was awarded both the Governor General’s and Lieutenant Governor’s medals as the top student in his class. He went on to earn a PhD from McGill University in 1948 and then began his career teaching Chemistry at McMaster University. After retiring in 1988, he became the founding director of Gennum Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of microchips for hearing aids.

In 1989, he was welcomed back to Bishop’s to receive a DCL, notably for his work as a professor, researcher, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 1998, the University was equally proud to honor him with the Alumnus of the Year award in recognition of his dedication to Bishop’s. In 2004, Richard Tomlinson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

When asked why he has continued to support the University, Dr. Tomlinson explained: “Bishop’s gave me a great start to my education, and paved the way for my further studies and a great career. I’m happy to help students benefit from the same opportunities.”

Dr. Tomlinson’s gift provides students with experiential learning opportunities related to their academic program, while earning money to offset their educational costs. As a result of this donation, funds will be made available again this year to undertake specific internships at Bishop’s University during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Application Procedure

Who can submit an application? Bishop’s University’s Directors, Managers, Coordinators or Departmental Chairs can submit an application.

Duration of internships: Minimum of ten weeks and maximum of twenty weeks.

Eligibility: All full-time students are eligible to be hired as student interns.

Application requirements: All applications should include the following:

  1. The proposal should provide a detailed description of the internship project and the tasks to be accomplished. It should also indicate how the internship tasks and responsibilities are integrated with the student’s academic program.
  2. Must include a detailed budget proposal (number of hours needed per week and the total per semester). The student should not be required to work more than ten hours per week.
  3. Internships are awarded on an annual basis with no promise of renewal from year to year.

How to apply: Please send your proposals in PDF format to Berenice Rodriguez at

Deadline to apply: Friday April 20th, 2020.


The committee is comprised of the four Deans:

  1. Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs (Chair)
  2. Dr. Claire Grogan, Dean of Arts and Science Interim
  3. Dr. Corinne Haigh, Dean of the School of Education
  4. Dr. Reena Atanasiadis, Dean of the Williams School of Business

Terms and Conditions for Successful Applicants

Payment regulations

  1. The student can work a maximum of ten hours per week.
  2. The student intern will be paid minimum wage.
  3. As of May 1st 2020, the minimum wage in Quebec will be $13.10 per hour. After benefits are added/calculated, this amount equals $15.53 per hour.
  4. The maximum award of any Tomlinson Internship is set at $3106 (this includes benefits). Calculation: E.g. $15.53 x 10 hours max. per week x 10 weeks per semester = $1553 x 2 semesters = $3106.

Responsibilities of the hiring department

  1. To advertise the internship through the Career and Employment office. Postings must be submitted using the online form by the end of August (2020): submit a job posting.
  2. To make sure the candidate is eligible to work in Canada.
  3. To inform the office of the Dean of Student Affairs of the successful candidate’s name immediately after hiring. The student’s name must be sent via email to
  4. To complete hiring procedures with the Human Resources office. Hiring Procedures.
  5. To ensure that the hours worked by the student are submitted to payroll in a timely manner and by the end of the fiscal year (by April 30, 2021). The payment to the student intern must not exceed the amount granted.

Responsibilities of the student intern

  1. To submit two letters to the Dean of Student Affairs: the first by December 15, 2020 and the second by March 16, 2021. The letters should be submitted by email to Each letter must include the following:
    1. the specific tasks that they are required to do and the percentage of time spent on each one;
    2. the learning piece acquired that is directly linked to their study program.
  2. To submit a letter of appreciation by March 16, 2021 or before to Dr. Tomlinson’s niece, Mrs. Anne Kent. The letter should be submitted by email to The letter will then be forwarded to Mrs. Kent.
  3. To add this internship activity to their LEAP profile if they wish to: LEAP Program website.