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Federal Student Work Experience Program

Patrick Gagné, student at Natural Resources Canada

Patrick Gagné is Innu. He is studying bioinformatics at Université Laval, and he is working at the Department of Natural Resources Canada. He shares his positive experience with the federal public service, in a position he obtained through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

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My name is Patrick Gagné. I'm an Innu from Mashteuiatsh and I study in Bioinformatics at Université Laval.

My summer job, I work as a bioinformatician in a mycology lab at Natural Resources Canada. The lab's focus is on identifying pathogenic fungi, mushrooms that could destroy Canada's forests.

I spent my entire childhood on a rural reserve. I love helping to preserve our forests because it's something that is very important to me.

What I like most is that I have a certain amount of freedom in what I do.

I think that my internships are a vital part of my education. I even think that it's as part of my internship that I learn the most.

Federal Student Work Experience Program

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