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Internship Program--Now Accepting Applications


Program Purpose

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.


Call for applications: Winter 2015 Internship Cohort

Internships at the Institute for Health and Social Policy are an on-campus work-experience opportunity. Through hands-on experience in a research setting, IHSP 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.

Interns are being recruited by the following groups or faculty members:

Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (MHERC: Daniel Weinstock)

Appropriate energy interventions, climate and public health (Jill Baumgartner)

IHSP Outreach and Communications (Jen Proudfoot)

IHSP Social Media (Denise Maines)

David Wright (History of Medicine)

Social Inequalities in Child Health (Frank Elgar)

In addition to these faculty-led initiatives, students may also send in a research proposal outlining work they would like to have supervised by faculty at the IHSP.  Dr. Kristin Voigt is particularly interested in working with a self-directed student for Winter 2015.

Program Details

Student Responsibilities

  • Work 10-15 hours per week on an Institute defined project (for a total of no more than 195 hours)
  • Complete at least 8 of the aforementioned hours at the Institute every week between the hours of 9 and 6, Monday to Friday
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly seminars/workshops
  • Engage in one small project focusing on policy
  • Present findings to IHSP faculty and staff
  • Complete two self-evaluations (mid-session and final) and one mentor/program evaluation form
  • Complete tasks as discussed with supervisors by early April

Internship Duration and Payment

The internship program will start in the first week of January, with final presentations in early-to-mid April. Interns will work part-time at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and receive an award of $2000 upon successful completion of the internship. IHSP internships are not-for-credit work-experience opportunities that will require at least as great a time commitment as an academic course. It is recommended that students selected to be interns reduce their workload accordingly for the semester.


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Eligibility

Applicants must be registered towards a degree program as a full time graduate or undergraduate student at the time of their internship.

Application Materials

Two letters of recommendation (academic and/or employment) are required (in English or in French), and must be emailed directly from the referees to the Student Affairs Administrator.

Please email the following documents as .doc, .docx or .pdf files to the %20denise [dot] maines [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Student Affairs Administrator):

  • A completed Cover Letter Template
    • Cover letters should be 1 to 2 pages long, and submitted as Word documents
  • Current CV that includes your contact information
  • An electronic copy of all post-secondary transcripts (official preferred—unofficial copies must clearly indicate source of information)
  • A 5-10 page writing sample of previous work in either English or French
    • The writing sample may be an excerpt from a longer document but you must be the sole author
    • The purpose of the writing sample is to assess your ability to write professionally/academically
  • Proof of enrollment as a full time student

Any documents sent by applicants in file formats other than Word or PDF may not be considered.   Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline

November 3rd, 2014 for the Winter 2015 cohort. Please ensure that all application materials are submitted via email by the deadline.

Evaluation Process

Intern Application packages will be reviewed by the Student Affairs Administrator and IHSP Faculty.   Applications are evaluated based on fit with the supervisors’ needs, compatibility with the goals of the IHSP, GPA, writing ability and/or specific skills such as STATA or Photoshop. Students selected for interviews will be contacted in early November.  Interviews will be held in the last two weeks of November.  The IHSP will communicate its decisions to all applicants by mid-December.


For inquiries regarding the internship program, please contact the Student Affairs Administrator by %20denise [dot] maines [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email).