Contacts and Resources

IHRIP executive team

Prof. Nandini Ramanujam, Program Director: nandini.ramanujam [at]

Ms. Sharon Webb, Administrative Coordinator: sharon.webb [at]

Internships Student Coordinators: [at]

Previous interns

The contact information for previous interns will be included in the information package distributed to participants in the winter. Prospective participants can contact the student coordinators to request this information.

Associate travel agent

Mr. Botty Csillag – Uniglobe Voyage Lexus: botty [at]

Visas, vaccines, and travel safety

Suggested vaccination clinics

McGill Student Wellness Hub – (514) 398-6017

McGill Pre-Travel Clinic – (514) 934-8049

Medisys Travellers Clinic – (514) 499-2772

Visa Requirements

You must do your own research about visa requirement for your destination country and do so with sufficient time to allow for unforeseen delays in the visa acquisition process.

If you are unsure how to go about obtaining a visa for your destination country, consult the student who held that internship last year to find out how to proceed. Keep in mind that processes and processing times can change from year to year.

Canadian students should consult the following travel advisories from :

  1. Cambodia
  2. Costa Rica
  3. Cameroon
  4. Gambia
  5. Hungary
  6. India
  7. Malawi
  8. Mexico
  9. Morocco
  10. Philippines
  11. United States
  12. Tunisia
  13. Zambia

Travel Safety

Find valuable information on the internal situation of the countries in which you will be staying:

Foreign Affairs’ travel reports and advisories

The US Department of State Students Abroad > Country Specific Information

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The French Foreign Ministry’s “conseils aux voyageurs

Note that these travel reports tend to err on the side of caution.

The Canadian government has a 24/7 free hotline for all Canadians travelling abroad: The Emergency Watch and Response Center - Call collect: 1-613-996-8885.

Health insurance

Interns are fully responsible to ensure they are sufficiently covered during their stay abroad. Prior to departure, interns must speak to their current health insurance provider(s) to determine the supplemental coverage required.

McGill students have insurance through one of several plans available. However, some types of coverage are not sufficient for overseas travel and work assignment.

In brief (details below):

  • Canadian students who are members of the SSMU plan are covered by their Travel Health Coverage;
  • BUT! the SSMU Travel Health Coverage may not be sufficient coverage (see below);
  • Canadian students who have opted out of the SSMU plan or who will be interning abroad for a period longer than 120 days must purchase supplemental emergency medical insurance and evacuation coverage;
  • International students must purchase supplemental emergency medical insurance and evacuation coverage.
  • More detailed information on insurance requirements is made available to selected participants in the winter.

Other useful links

The McGill Internships Office Network:

The CDO’s “Internships resources” page: (Note the “Funding unpaid and underpaid internships” document.)


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