International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership Annual Graduate Internship
Application deadline: November 1, 2022 at 11:59pm
For questions, email the Student Affairs Administrator at studentadmin.ihsp [at] mcgill.ca.
The Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy (DEEP) and the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP) are offering a joint internship opportunity for one full-time graduate student per academic year. The student will be co-supervised by one McGill faculty member and one ICCRP team member.
Position Title: The International & Canadian Child Rights Partnership Annual Graduate Internship
Department: Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy
Co-Supervisors: Mónica Ruiz-Casares [McGill University] & Vanessa Zufelt [ICCRP]
Internship length: November, 2022 - August, 2023
Hours of work per week: 8
Position Type: Internship
Work Location: Virtual Only
Rate of pay: $2500 stipend
About the ICCRP
The International & Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP) was formed in 2015. Through its prior work on the interconnections of children's rights to participation and protection, the ICCRP identified a critically overlooked element in realizing child rights: intergenerational relationships. The expanded ICCRP is now focusing on this new, innovative research direction to examine how intergenerational relationships can transcend current barriers to implementing children's rights, through intergenerational partnerships, in research, policy, and practice.
The ICCRP includes young people with lived experience, 38 researchers, and 30 partner organizations from universities, NGOs, major human rights institutions, and governments in Canada and in multiple countries across the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The current research objectives of the ICCRP are:
1) Expand conceptual models for intergenerational partnerships;
2) Investigate processes for fostering intergenerational partnerships to support child rights, including youth activism;
3) Identify and develop relational practices (intergenerational, decolonial, cross-national, cross-cultural, ethical) that can reform and stimulate research, public policy, and practice to support child rights; and
4) Explore and analyze child rights education environments and how they support or hinder understanding of child rights among children, as well as intergenerational partnerships.
About the Internship
Reporting to Mónica Ruiz-Casares and Vanessa Zufelt, the successful intern will work closely with other ICCRP research staff to provide virtual support and contribute to the overall goals of the international research partnership. The successful intern will gain knowledge of social science research design, methodologies, and the execution of academic and customized policy research on children rights both in Canada and around the world. The successful intern will assist with the development of ICCRP policy briefs, contribute to the ICCRP website, and support conference preparations. They will assist ICCRP staff members with the partnership’s communication and knowledge dissemination strategy and efforts in line with the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy’s contributions to the partnership e.g. newsletter, social media, online webinars, etc. The candidate will gain important knowledge of the ethical implications and policy related issues that arise from real-world situations whereby NGOs, governments, and academic institutions involve young people in their human rights efforts. They will also participate in seminars and trainings with other interns in the Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy.
The successful intern’s role will include some or all of the following ICCRP activities (activities will be commensurate with qualifications):
- Research and writing support, including literature reviews and reports;
- Attend the ICCRP Policy Working Group meetings to support dialogue, learning, and research outputs such as webinars, practice notes, and potential publications;
- Support research team long-term projects as needed, including background research and fact-checking, preparing slide decks for presentations, managing documents, and responding to emails
- Data collection and analysis
- Communications (e.g. prepare and present information to others, contribute to knowledge mobilization efforts)
- Networking and collaborations
- Outreach activities
- Report writing/editing
- Activities that provide international experience
- Interdisciplinary local, national, and international engagement with children’s rights stakeholders as required
Qualifications & Eligibility
Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:
- Full-time graduate student at McGill University in the Winter 2023 semester;
- Demonstrated knowledge of child rights and child and youth participation;
- Ability to co-create and support research with human subjects, which necessarily involves the capacity to build strong interpersonal relationships with young people and adults alike;
- Excellent communication skills: written, verbal and non-verbal;
- Capacity to critically analyze and problem solve;
- Strong administrative, time management and organizational skills;
- Capacity and willingness to work remotely (computer literate);
- Advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and GSuite (Docs, Sheets, Drive and Gmail);
- Strong qualitative data analysis skills;
- Strong research and writing capabilities;
- Adaptable, able to work independently and with a team, and able to work in fast-paced environment;
- Experience working or studying in Social Policy, Childhood Studies, Social Work, Equity Studies, International Development Studies, Sociology (or related discipline) an asset;
- NGO, consulting, government, or education experience an asset;
- Experience in conducting research or change management projects in academic and/or industry settings an asset;
- Priority will be given to those with previous experience engaging children and youth people in research
To apply for this position, please submit the following documents to studentadmin.ihsp [at] mcgill.ca by 11:59pm on November 1, 2022:
- A cover letter, including your Student ID;
- A current CV;
- An electronic copy of post-secondary transcripts. An official transcript is not required. Unofficial copies must clearly indicate the source of information (e.g. Minerva);
- Proof of enrolment as a full-time student;
- One letter of recommendation (academic and/or employment), in English or French. Letters must be emailed to studentadmin.ihsp [at] mcgill.ca directly. Please instruct your references to include your full name and "reference letter" in the subject line of their email, and to send it by November 1, 2022 at 11:59pm.
DEEP & ICCRP Hiring Statements
The Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy is committed to equity and diversity in recruitment. We highly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, people with disabilities, people of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and those who are the first generation of their family to attend post-secondary studies. Please indicate in your application if you would like this to be considered for equity recruitment.
The ICCRP is dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion in all matters respecting the context of where our staff and research participants live and work. The ICCRP is committed to the safe, inclusive and affirming treatment of all people no matter what their age, creed, culture, economic class, nationality, race, colour, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or ability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds, cultures and identities are strongly encouraged to apply.