Common Threads through the Commonwealth Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program (CTC-QES Program) is a unique blend of community engagement and training focused on innovative approaches to promoting health, well-being and equity across the Commonwealth. Interns meet together in the winter and fall terms to take part in the Leadership Development Program. McGill interns travel to Commonwealth countries in the summer to work as interns with our partner organizations, and engage in community engagement activities. Throughout the program, all scholars will be involved with the Innovation Learning Network, which brings together students, partners, and policymakers through seminars and online forums.
Once students are selected, they will be expected to attend orientation and training sessions at the IHSP in the winter prior to their departure. Program alumni meet with future cohorts through knowledge sharing seminars to discuss experiences from the field, lessons learned, career advice, and to develop leadership and networking skills.
Training sessions are hands on and interactive in order to foster a sense of community. Training focuses on leadership skills and preparation for working in cross-cultural contexts. Sessions include:
· Research to action;
· Leadership and community innovation;
· Canadian issues;
· Cultural sensitivity and pre-departure training;
· How to write reports targeted for policy and community organizations;
· Budgeting for international travel
· Case study design
McGill’s bi-annual Pre-departure training offered through the department of International Education is mandatory for all successful candidates.
Knowledge Sharing Seminars
Starting in the Fall of 2019, seminars specifically designed to foster a network of CTC-QE Scholars will take place. All alumni and Commonwealth scholars will be invited annually. A tentative list of seminar topics includes:
· Team Building/Ethics in divers contexts
· Sharing experiences from the field
· Reflection on local and global leadership
· Lessons learned in a cross-national context
· Networking and Career Advice
· Public Speaking and engagement
· Community leadership
All CTC-QE Scholars and interns engage in the larger CTC-QE community through ongoing participation in the online forum, seminars, and a final international conference. At the end of their program, scholars submit a final report highlighting their key lessons learned through the program.
The Innovation Learning Network includes:
- Online forums focused on generating discussion and finding best practices as an iterative process. Project partners will generate questions and share “think pieces” with the community twice per month. Students will be asked to weigh in on discussions, which will assist them in reflecting on lessons learned throughout their involvement.
- Final Common Threads through the Commonwealth International Conference in Montreal with key institutional partners from Commonwealth countries, local partners and all present cohorts of QES scholars.
Canadian interns travel in the summer semester following the Leadership Development Program. While in the field, each CTC-QE Scholar engages in leadership and community engagement activities, and is responsible to check in with their host organization and the IHSP program manager regularly. Scholars create and sign a joint study plan in collaboration with their host organization outlining activities and contributions during their time away. To collaborate while abroad, all students participate in the Innovation Learning Network. At the end of their program, scholars submit a final report highlighting their key lessons learned through the program. International placements cannot take place in a region where there is a Canadian travel advisory.
The IHSP has partnered with institutions across the Commonwealth that are concerned with and interested in innovating for improved health, wellbeing and equity. Selected interns are hosted by partner organizations and engage in fulltime work that is central to the partners’ mandate. Internships must be at least 90 days, 35 hours per week, and must comply with all employment and immigration legislation of their host country. Internships will focus on innovative and promising approaches to address key challenges to health, well-being and equity. They may be service or research oriented, depending on the partner needs and applicant skill sets.
Internship opportunities are currently being developed and will be posted by December 31, 2018. While student preferences will be considered, the IHSP will place students according to partners’ needs and capacity.
Antigua and Barbuda
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago