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12 WeeksDepartment of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Study of Religion, History, and Historical StudiesUniversity of Toronto

​The University of Toronto's largest Humanities research team is offering an exciting opportunity for interns to join a collaborative project. Interns will work alongside postdoctoral fellows, doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students from around the globe to advance their understanding of Muslim literature, philosophy, history, mystical traditions, and other related areas. This internship presents a unique opportunity for individuals interested in expanding their knowledge and contributing to ongoing research in this field.

  • ​Muslim Literatures Interns work with primary/secondary source texts
  • Participate in critical editions/scholarly translations
  • Prepare historical, linguistic, or literary analyses of texts
  • Expand knowledge and contribute to ongoing research
  • Collaborate with team members to advance understanding of research areas.

  • ​Enthusiastic about gaining knowledge on Islam from less commonly heard perspectives
  • Self-motivated, reliable, and able to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and accuracy are essential
  • Excellent writing and communication skills are required
  • Advanced fluency in one of the following languages is necessary: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hindi, Gujarati, Kachchhi, or Sindhi.

​Shafique N. Virani is a Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, where he is the founding Director of the Centre for South Asian Civilizations and previously chaired the Department of Historical Studies. He has also taught at Harvard University and Zayed University. Professor Virani's work has been translated into over 20 languages, and he has received numerous awards and honors from organizations such as UNESCO and the American Academy of Religion. He is a well-known public speaker and has acted as a consultant for organizations including Cirque du Soleil and the History Channel. His areas of research include Sufism, Islamic history and philosophy, and Muslim literatures in multiple languages.

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​Prof Shafique Virani

​The University of Toronto offers one of the world's strongest Islamic Studies programs, with four renowned departments and over 40 distinguished faculty members conducting cutting-edge research on various aspects of Islam. Our Institute of Islamic Studies is highly dynamic, with exceptional global resources, including a vast library collection and proximity to the renowned Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art and the Royal Ontario Museum. We annually train numerous undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students in Islamic Studies, reinforcing our dedication to advancing this field.

Opportunity to engage and connect with the University faculty, staff, and alums to understand networking, relationship building, and marketing opportunities. Gain hands-on experience in managing a market research project and develop skills in project management, research, data analytics, communication, and collaboration. Through interviews and research, the intern will acquire knowledge to effectively plan a program of collaborative engagement activity with a diverse audience of over 110,000 alums. Also, receive training in digital platforms, Salesforce CRM, databases, and Drupal Content Management System. Additionally, access Maynooth University's Learning and Development programmes through the University's Human Resource department.

Toronto, Canada
12 WeeksHuman Neurobehavioral LaboratoryUniversidade Católica  Portuguesa (Porto)
Research at the HNL engages academic departments and disciplines across the Psychology, Neurosciences, Bioengineering, Arts, Economy, and Biotechnology. Two examples for this position are:
  1. Neural Correlates of Consumer Behavior and Sustainability: The ever-increasing competitive landscape, the pace of the latest technological innovations, shorter product life cycles, and consumer demands for more efficient options will require businesses to be aligned with the latest advances and innovations to study consumers' behaviors. This project apply neuroscience techniques to explore consumers’ behavior and the impact of sustainability messages. 
  2. Emotional regulation is primarily an interpersonal phenomenon. The HNL has a very active line of research that examines neurophysiological correlates and europhysiological synchrony in interpersonal dyadic interactions. Most studies compare the degree of synchrony during a dyadic interaction with the capacity for emotional regulation and with different characteristics of the members of the dyad.​
The HNL Intern will focus on learning about Neuroscience topics and techniques, science communication (to participate in the HNL podcast series) and collaborate with the other members in different studies. 
  • The intern will be responsible for helping with the design, analysis and communication of the studies. 
  • The intern will also participate in weekly hybrid meetings with the other HNL members and partners, other members of the team to ​discuss and plan activities.
  • Additionally, the intern will have a workplan to be implemented independently.
  • University graduate student with an interest in Neuroscience; 
  • Namely interested in research on Neurophysiology; Brain activity; Empathy; Emotion Regulation; Psychophysiology; and Consumers’ Behavior.
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, and teamwork;
  • Strong organizational skills, leadership, and initiative skills, as well as time management skills; 
  • High degree of rigor and sense of responsibility;
  • Strong work autonomy and responsibility skills; 
  • Good written and spoken English. 
Patrícia OLIVEIRA-SILVA is graduated in Biological Sciences with a specialization in human neurophysiology and completed her Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014. She is the Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory (HNL) director and the vice-dean of the Faculty of Education and Psychology at Católica Porto for 
internationalization, research, and social responsibility. As the HNL director, she has contributed to establishing an enriching research and learning environment, home to more than 20 students, involving undergraduate (1st, 2nd, and 3rd years), master, and Ph.D. students. She conducts cross-disciplinary research focused on fundamental and applied cognitive and affective neurosciences. Her primary research focuses on examining the interplay between psychological and neurophysiological processes. Throughout these years, she has coordinated funded research projects, established scientific cooperation with several national and international groups, supervised Master's and Ph.D. students, and organized many scientific events. The more frequent terms used in her scientific production are Neuroscience; Neurophysiology; Brain; Resting State Brain Networks; Empathy; Emotion Regulation; Cardiac Frequency/Heart Rate; Psychophysiological Synchrony/Linkage; and Consumers’ Behavior.​

Patrícia Oliveira-Silva

The Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory (HNL) is a stimulating 
teaching and research context dedicated to Neurosciences. The essence of the HNL lies in the dedication of a group of young researchers with a strong interest in developing research of excellence and directly linked to societal problems and challenges, applying the lens of the Neurosciences, and pushing boundaries by strengthening international partnerships.

The HNL belongs to the Faculty of Education and Psychology of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (FEP-UCP) in Porto is a space for producing and transferring knowledge in Education and Psychology, with teaching, research, and university social responsibility activities in these two scientific areas. Our courses are based on current scientific knowledge and are implemented through innovative pedagogical practices that recognize the potential of information technologies in an environment of proximity to students and respect for the diversity of their interests and needs. We work in national and international networks for research in a context that esponds to the problems and challenges of contemporary societies. In addition, we have two service delivery centers, in Psychology and Education, to respond to the development needs of the closest communities.​

For us, one of the most significant responsibilities of academics and scientists is to educate. And one way to educate, in general, is to create opportunities to offer an excellent scientific culture and constant contact with science. It is in our best interest that everyone has access to our studies. Thus, the Neuroscience Intern will be included in a dynamic research team, with a strong science culture where he/she can learn about neuroscience techniques, statistics, science communication and teamwork.​
Porto, Portugal