Internship Program

Quick Facts | Program Description | Current Interns

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

We are accepting Winter 2018 applications until November 27

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 2017 Internship cohort

Rafia Bosan is an undergraduate student studying Microbiology and Immunology. She is currently working with Dr. Ignacio Munoz-Nazif on a project studying child safety restraint legislation.

Nancy Ferranti is an undergraduate student studying Cognitive Science. She is currently working with Prof. Amelie Quesnel-Vallee’s team on the new Observatory on Health and Social Services Reforms.

Laura Glenn is a Master of Human Nutrition student and a Registered Dietitian. Her interest in public health began while she was working as a community kitchen educator and became aware of the presence of food insecurity in the Montreal area as well as the challenges of transforming food donations. She completed a certification in Public Health Nutrition with the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec where she began learning about the important influence of policy on health. Her experience has brought her to ISHP where she works with Professor Anna-Liisa Aunio in identifying food waste reduction strategies for the Montreal area.

Morgan Kennedy is in her final year of graduate coursework in McGill University's M.Sc. Public Health program as part of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health with enrollment in the Global Health option. She is currently working with IHSP Director Daniel Weinstock to investigate harm reduction policy drivers leading to Montreal's recent opening of safe injection sites. Morgan has a passion for grassroots advocacy and social policy around the world and is pursuing a career in knowledge translation.

Paniz Khosroshahy is in her final year of women's studies at McGill. This year, she is the editor-in-chief of The Prognosis, McGill's student journal of global health, published in collaboration between IHSP and McGill Global Health Programs. Her interest in this position stemmed from her extensive writing and editing experience. Paniz has written a variety of pieces for national and international publications, and has also been a sports editor at The McGill Daily and the editor-in-chief of Intersections: McGill's Student Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies. Currently, Paniz is writing her honours thesis on the neoliberalization of Canadian immigration policy as exemplified by the Express Entry program and the impacts of this program on racialized, female migrants.

Katya Kruglova is in final year at McGill, completing a degree in Ecological Determinants of Health in Society at the McGill School of Environment, with a minor in Management. Her interests include social determinants of health, health care access, and management of health care system. She is working under the supervision of Professor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée on the recently launched Observatory on Health and Social Services Reforms. She hopes this opportunity will enable her to gain skills in policy-making to build upon her scientific background, which will be a great contribution to her future studies in Public Health.

Ga Eun Lee is in her final year of a Master’s in Public Health. For her internship project, she is working with Prof. Amelie Quesnel-Vallee’s team on the new Observatory on Health and Social Services Reforms. Last year, Ga Eun traveled to Kenya as an IHSP Queen Elizabeth Scholar.

Kayleigh Munn is finishing up her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree at the end of the Winter 2017. She holds a previous Bachelor’s of Arts degree from McGill University in Psychology and has worked as a research assistant at The Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP-Montréal) for the past two years where she has been coordinating a project studying the lived experiences of youth returning to work and school after a first episode of psychosis. Kayleigh has been involved in various research projects in the field of mental health and health equity, including a project with the CLEAR Collaboration, in the Department of Family Medicine, investigating the health care needs and challenges of the homeless population residing in Montréal neighborhood of Côte-des-Neiges. These endeavors helped to galvanize her desire to gain a better understanding of how research is translated into social policy and how these policies can help to improve the social conditions that harmfully affect health and health equity. This fall, Kayleigh will be working with Dr. Elgar studying social determinants impacting adolescent health outcomes in Canada.

Ella Myette is a fourth-year undergraduate student double majoring in Ecological Determinants of Health in Society and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Ella has developed a specific interest in health outcomes for marginalized groups and environmental impacts on health through her work in Panama with McGill’s Panama Field Study Semester. This term, Ella will be working with Dr. Daniel Weinstock on a project regarding harm reduction policy and ethical matters related to female genital cutting. She looks forward to learning more about the value of community-based research in health policy.

Chloé Sautter-Leger is studying in the Faculty of Arts and the School of Environment. Her past involvement in rooftop garden projects in CEGEP sparked her interest in nutrition, health, and food education in urban contexts. This semester, she is working on the Food Justice and Sustainability Project with Professors Anna-Liisa Aunio and Daniel Weinstock; this project aims to assess the food situation in Montreal and develop tools for a better and more efficient collaboration between people and organizations involved in the food system. She is interested especially in how local experiences can inform policy decision-making processes to improve systems that promote sustainability and health. She is contributing to the project through event preparation and organization, editing, and report writing, and she hopes that her contribution will help make the food system more just.

Nicole Widmer is completing her last semester of her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Development. Her main interest lies in Indigenous rights and health and, alongside her studies, she is currently working for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee. This Fall, Nicole is working with Prof. Weinstock as the IHSP’s outreach intern. In this capacity, Nicole is producing policy briefs on a number of topical health-related issues.


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