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The Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) Internship Program

What is the focus of the program?

Training the next generation of leaders to catalyze solutions that benefit population health and welfare through research and diverse learning opportunities that focus on how social conditions affect health and well-being.

Who is it for?

  • McGill undergraduate and graduate students.

What do students do?

  • They are paired with IHSP faculty and staff, and spend 10-15 hours per week on a project defined by their supervisor
  • Students meet with their supervisor regularly
  • As a cohort, students attend training sessions for 1 to 2 hours every week

Where and when does it take place?

  • At the IHSP (Charles Meredith House).  The program runs twice per year (Fall and Winter semesters).

How much is the award?

  • $2000

How many awards are available?

  • 7-11 internship projects are offered in both the Fall and Winter terms

Program Description

The Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) Internship program trains and develops the next generation of leaders to catalyze solutions that benefit population health and welfare. The program offers research opportunities and diverse training that build on the strengths of graduate and undergraduate education at McGill University in investigating how social conditions affect health and well-being. A major component of the internship is the work carried out in collaboration with a supervisor, while a weekly seminar/workshop series exposes interns to a variety of disciplines and provides training in translating research into policy.

Through hands-on experience in a research setting, interns will participate in a vibrant academic environment, learn how to communicate research findings to the media or general public, and gain insight into different disciplinary approaches.  Students will develop their professional network by interacting with fellow interns, graduate students, faculty and staff at the IHSP.

Winter 2016 Cohort


Adriene Harding is currently completing her Master of Arts in Economics at McGill University. She received Bachelors degrees in Economics and International Development from the University of Ottawa. Adriene’s research interests include environmental economics, sustainable development, and social policy. Adriene is currently working on a research project with Professor Barrington-Leigh on road network connectivity and urban development in Canada.

Alexandra Kanters is currently completing the last semester of her undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Social Studies of Medicine, and Women's Studies. She will be working on the MHERC project with Dr. Mark Daku for the Winter 2016 Internship Program. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master of Public Health and ultimately go into health promotion policy development. She is very excited to be working with the IHSP this semester, and is sincerely grateful for the opportunity!

Andrew Medeiros is studying Sociology and Philosophy with plans to pursue Economics. His interests include the determinants of individual and collective action, financial ethics, libertarianism, complex adaptive properties of social systems, and innovative approaches to social data collection. In his free time, Andrew dreams of a simplified tax code. He will be working with Professor Wright on a project examining the transnational migration of physicians in the twentieth century. 

Jacob Garrah is a U1 student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environment, with a focus on Water Environments and Ecosystems and a minor in Geographic Information Systems. Jacob’s research interests focus on using mathematical models and quantitative data to inspire public policy and decisions relating to urbanization, particularly the water resources, freshwater systems, or coastal areas of an urban region. At the IHSP, Jacob will be working with Prof. Barrington-Leigh on urban sprawl and connectivity research.

Jasleen Ashta is a third year student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts and Science. Her main focus of study is Cognitive Science, with minors in International Development and Environment. Since high school, she has held a keen interest in global health. Her studies in university have helped her to focus her interest in maternal and child health, as well as environmental health. Upon graduation, Jasleen plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in global health, where she hopes she can incorporate the cognitive science and computer science knowledge that she has gained during her undergraduate years. Jasleen is very grateful to be a part of the Outreach team, writing policy briefs alongside IHSP faculty, working on newsletters, and aiding in web design.

Juliana Fanous is completing the final semester of her Bachelor of Science with an Honours degree in Environment, and a minor in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences. Her academic focus is primarily the ecological and social determinants of human and environmental health. She views the outreach internship as an exciting opportunity to learn new skills relating to knowledge communication and the policy implications of health research. Her involvement in applied research at McGill includes investigating students’ experiences with respect to sustainability, as well as assessing water consumption and utilization in Barbados.  After graduation she plans to continue her studies at the graduate level in global health or sustainability management. 

Kim Mathieu is a U2 student in Environmental Sciences with a special focus towards ecological determinants of health. Through her work in China, Nepal and Rwanda, Kim has developed a specific interest in global health and environmental change. On campus, Kim worked with the McGill Students for World Vision, an NGO which she has been actively volunteering with for 6 years. This semester she will be working under the supervision of Dr. Jill Baumgartner and looks forward to joining an interdisciplinary team tackling environmental health problems. 

Marwa Wazzi is a second-year undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in International Development Studies. Her interests are centered around issues in economic development and social policy in developing countries. At the IHSP, she will be studying under the supervision of Dr. Majid the making and impact of minimum wage laws in Indonesia on maternal and child health, as part of the Maternal and Child Health Equity Research Program (MACHEquity). She enjoys being involved in the Montreal community and has volunteered as a tutor at Face Elementary School, as well as a teacher assistant and peer mentor for Intermediate Microeconomics at McGill University. She is enthusiastic about gaining exposure to economic research and policy implications, and hopes to contribute after graduation to development policymaking within an international organization.

Molly Mayer is an undergraduate student in her final year at McGill majoring in Honours Sociology and minoring in Canadian Studies. In past research internships she has studied the use of parental leave in Canada and how differences in parental leave policies across the country lead to differences in the likelihood of couples sharing leave. Other research areas include universal childcare programs, social stratification and the welfare state. This winter Molly will take on a social media internship, using social media as a data source to study a particular policy area. After graduating, Molly plans to pursue a Master’s degree in public policy. 

Sabine Grutter is completing a degree in international development with minors in the social studies of medicine and science (epidemiology). Previously, Grutter has completed research in Uganda around the sustainability and impact of the Kibale Mobile Health Clinic and volunteered for many student clubs including the Union for Gender Empowerment. Grutter is particularly interested in healthcare policy for marginalised groups, specifically trans communities, and other topics around the intersection of medical anthropology, epidemiology, and gender and sexuality studies. This term, Grutter will be working with Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium on a research project surrounding health policy, volunteering with Head and Hands' Sense Project and learning how to swing dance.  

Samiha Sharif is a U2 student studying Honours International Development and Psychology. She is on the IHSP Communications team which involves advising the IHSP on its communication strategy and relationships with partners at the university and in the community. As part of the team, she will be assisting IHSP create two new programs, and in outreach initiatives through the social media. She is very interested in accessible ways of disseminating information that can be open to different communities. Additionally, she is very interested in policy making and wants to discover ways that marginalized voices can be amplified while culminating research into policy. 

Tássia Araujo is a third year student at McGill majoring in Environment - Ecological Determinants of Health - with a minor concentration in Geographic Information Systems. She has a background in Computer Science and is an enthusiast of Free Software, being a Debian Developer and an OpenStreetMap contributor. In 2015 she received the Centraid Solidaires Award - Next Generation in recognition of her work with Santropol Roulant and the collective Les Fruits Défendus. At IHSP she will work with Prof. Barrington-Leigh and her main goal is to learn how to put technology to the service of environmental and health research.

For inquiries regarding the internship program, please contact the Student Affairs Administrator by studentaffairs [dot] ihsp [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email).