Internship Program

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


Recruitment for this program is now closed. Thank you!

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.

Fall 2016 Cohort 


Aliya Allen-Valley, is a third year student at McGill pursuing a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and International Development Studies.  For as long as she can remember, she has been deeply passionate about international development. This interest began to grow throughout high school and has truly begun to peak throughout her university experience as she has continued to learn about the importance of intersectionality in the critical analysis of social conditions on a global scale. More recently, these interests have led Aliya to explore the importance of public health; an essential area of development studies, as the health and resilience of individuals and communities are crucial to ensuring meaningful and sustainable development. More specifically, she is interested in the intersection of health and gender, as well as the importance of mental health; and in the future, she hopes to pursue a career in this field.

Daniela Bouvier-Valenta is a third-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Political Science with minors in Economics and Russian.  She is particularly interested in international relations and cooperation aimed at tackling today’s most pressing world challenges, including the environment and public health issues.  At the IHSP, she will be assisting Professor Jill Baumgartner with a project studying the effects of stove usage on household air pollution in rural areas of the Tibetan Plateau, and she is excited to be working in a multidisciplinary setting that bridges the gap between arts and sciences.  In the past, Daniela has volunteered with Equitas, a human rights organization based in Montreal, and she has also worked at several non-profit organizations in Prague, including Post Bellum and the Václav Havel Library.

Adrianna Eby is in her final year at McGill. Her current studies in International Development, Social Studies of Medicine and Anthropology allow her to apply an interdisciplinary perspective on health studies, and health policy in particular. Adrianna plans to continue her studies in the field of medical sociology. She is currently involved, as a research assistant, in the Transparent Sciences project (a collaboration between the faculties of Computer Sciences and Social Studies of Medicine at McGill), which examines the reliability of funding of biomedical research. She enjoys being involved in the McGill community- she is an event/sponsorship coordinator for Borderless World Volunteers and very often participates in conference simulations (WHO and UN). Adrianna is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Outreach Team during the Fall 2016 semester.

Jessica Farber is in her final year of an honours major in International Development with a minor in Social Studies of Medicine. She previously worked with the IHSP as a McBurney Latin America fellow in Summer 2015 as part of an internship with partner NGOs Salvaide, CRIPDES and CORDES on a variety of environmental and social justice projects in La Libertad, El Salvador. She is thrilled to continue her work with the IHSP as the Editor in Chief of The Prognosis journal for the 2016-2017 academic year. In her free time, she also serves as editor of the Arts & Culture section of McGill's Bull & Bear Magazine. 

Greta Hoaken is entering her last year at McGill, completing a degree in Honours Political Science with double minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Economics. Her internship will focus on health outcomes for urban Indigenous communities, including the benefits of incorporating traditional practices into treatment and health policy. She has previously interned in the office of the Minister of National Defence, the office of the Minister of Government and Consumer Services (Ontario), a third party political organization, and the Globe and Mail.

Brian Huang is a final-year undergraduate student in Honours Political Science with minors in Finance and Economics. His academic interests involve understanding how international and human rights law affect policymaking and economic development. Brian has previously worked in a local community in Uganda where his experience with the healthcare system sparked his interest in health and social policy. It is with great excitement that he will be working with the IHSP Outreach team in creating policy briefs, working on newsletters, linking research with public policy implications, and helping to ensure that the valuable information is made accessible for everyone. After graduation, he hopes to complete a law degree in human rights advocacy.

Ryan Jamula is a U2 student completing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a double minor in Political Science and Canadian Studies. Ryan's interests include social determinants of health, political advocacy and social stratification. Last summer, Ryan was an intern at NAZ, an organisation in the UK working to improve sexual health inequalities across London. He is looking forward to working at the IHSP under the supervision of Professor Daniel Weinstock, regarding the impact of Quebec's childcare and parental leave policies across social gradients. 

Emily Jensen is in the final term of her political science honours degree, with a double minor in English literature and international development.  Her studies have focused on gender equality, human rights, and refugee and minority issues in the context of international relations and development.  Following the completion of her bachelor of arts, she plans to pursue a Master's degree in international affairs.  During her time at the IHSP, she will work with Professor Natalie Stoljar on a project concerning the philosophy of transgender health policy. 

Jenna Morris is a U3 student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree, double majoring in Sociology and Psychology. Her academic focus is mainly on the social determinants of health, health policy, and the social cognitions underlying health behaviours. As part of the IHSP internship team she will be working with Dr. Nazif-Munoz on a project related to the global and national impact of child restraint legislation on variation in child occupant fatalities. After graduating, Jenna intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Nursing. 

Alice Shen is a U3 student in Psychology with a previously completed degree in Honours Physiology at McGill. She comes from Wuhan, China, and grew up in Toronto, the sacred land of the Huran-Wendat and Petun First Nations, The Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Alice is very passionate about accessible healthcare, health equity and Indigenous health. In addition, through an internship with IHSP, she hopes to learn more about how to translate research findings into effective policies or interventions. Currently she works with Dr. Mylene Riva, and in collaboration with the Cree Health Board, on a project specifically looking at drugs and alcohol consumption among Cree Secondary School Students. 

Julie Skarha is finishing her last year of a Bachelors of Arts and Science degree studying Honors Sustainability, Science, and Society with a minor in Statistics. She will be working with Professor Barrington-Leigh to measure citizen well-being across Montreal. Julie is very excited and grateful to spend a semester with the IHSP Institute and knows the skills she has learned here will help her in any career path she travels. 

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