Internship Program

Quick Facts | Program Description | Current Interns

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

2015 Winter IHSP Interns

Recruitment for Fall 2020 is now closed.

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.

Winter 2020 Internship Cohort

Andras Nemeth is a U3 Honours Economics and Computer Science student in his final year of undergraduate studies at McGill. Andras is interested in all kinds of research that approach economics problems, or use economic ideas, in new and unexpected ways. Before interning at the IHSP, Andras worked at the McGill Tribune, and spent a summer studying EU climate subsidies in Hungary. Presently, Andras is completing a research project on competition and market control in the tech industry, and working with Professor Christopher Barrington-Leigh at the IHSP to find ways to improve the representation of divided highways in an analytical project on urban sprawl. In the future, Andras hopes to continue working at the intersections of economics and variety of other fields.

Supervisor: Prof. Christopher Barrington-Leigh
Project: Urban development policy

Ananya Chandra is a U2 Economics student in the Faculty of Arts minoring in International Development and Psychology. She is interested in pursuing research in field of social justice and social policy. Ananya worked alongside the research team of Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas on a project that sought to understand the public priorities of children with disabilities within a human rights framework. In the past, she has worked in education related roles.

Supervisor: Dr. Keiko Shikako Thomas
Project: Data mining of Canadian public consultations related to Accessible Canada Act 

Anmol AnandAnmol Anand is a Master of Urban Planning student at McGill University. Prior to joining the program, he worked in the realm of transit planning and road safety in India and has experience working with multidisciplinary teams including architects, engineers, designers, lawyers and policy makers.

His interests include transit planning and particularly its impact on communities, sustainable urbanization practices and issues pertaining to minority population in cities including people with different abilities, immigrants, LGBTQ group, among others. His experience during the program includes: working on a district energy-sharing program, redevelopment of Bellechasse site in the Rosemont borough of Montreal for multi-category housing, conducting a feasibility study for connecting REM with Montreal East, communicating Ottawa’s green infrastructure policy to its residents among several others.

Anmol’s IHSP internship with Professor Lisa Bornstein will include collecting and analyzing data using Experience Sampling Method as well as conducting Photo-Voice exercises with participants to look at the spatial and social aspects of their daily commute and its impact on the mental health.

Supervisor: Prof. Lisa Bornstein
Project: Mental Health and the City

Athena KoAthena Ko is a second-year medical student from Toronto. While she has always been passionate about teaching, her interest in medical education was inspired by experiencing firsthand the difference that well-researched and well-implemented medical education processes can make, notably in her neurology block. With her previous work in knowledge translation and medical illustration, she is keenly interested in the power of clear and creative data visualization in communicating to patients, colleagues, and the public. She has applied this in disseminating her research at the IHSP as well. Using an interdisciplinary approach under the insightful guidance of Dr. Vanessa Rampton, Athena conducted research in digital health and medical education, observing and seeking to address the transformation gap that lies between the digital health innovations that are recognized as important or already in place, and the lack of training in these that medical trainees and physicians receive. She aspires to continue expanding her knowledge and experience in medical education and policy to help shape the care of her future patients and the health care system as a whole.

Supervisor: Dr. Vanessa Rampton
Project: Digital Health and Medical Education


Chelsea AlmadinChelsea Almadin is a second-year Master of Science in Public Health (MScPH) student at McGill University. She is interested in environmental and occupational causes of disease and in promoting disease prevention. Chelsea completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Concentration) at Simon Fraser University, which introduced her to the intersection between epidemiology, environment, and urban planning. Her previous research investigated the levels of exposure to chemicals, behavioural determinants of exposures, and potential health effects in Montréal firefighters. At the IHSP, Chelsea is working with Prof. Lisa Bornstein to investigate the relationship between urban living and psychosis. Her work on this project focuses on completing literature reviews and modelling social defeat and mental health data collected through experience sampling methods.

Supervisor: Prof. Lisa Bornstein
Project: Mental Health and the City

Katherine CheungKatherine Cheung is in her second year at McGill, majoring in International Development Studies with a minor in Health Geography. Her research interests are in the intersection of health and development, in particular the contributions of medical technology, and the application of complexity science to development studies. As an IHSP intern, she is working with Professor Eric Lewis at the Laboratory of Urban Culture, examining best practices for cultural programs such as after-school creative workshops, and aiding the workshops as a teacher's assistant. She hopes to pursue more community-driven work in the future, and continue working with local organizations in Montreal. Katherine is currently also interning with "The Refugee Centre", and has worked as an event coordinator for the IDSSA at McGill.

Supervisor: Prof. Eric Lewis
Project: Laboratory of Urban Culture

Kristen VanderWeeKristen VanderWee is in her final year at the undergraduate level, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in German Studies. Born and raised in Montreal, she completed her DEC in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention with the hopes of pursuing a career in social working. Despite her initial desire to work with and help people as a social worker, Kristen realized that her main concerns are with the impact that policies can have on the type of care that people receive. This realization, along with her curiosity about the relationship between phenomenological human experience and the increased integration of technology in human life, attracted Kristen to Vanessa Rampton’s project on Technological Progress and the Goals of Medicine. She plans to continue research in this field with the hopes of getting a masters in Bioethics.

Supervisor: Dr. Vanessa Rampton
Project: The Idea of Progress in Contemporary Medicine


Marcus Wong is a second year Master of Science in Public Health student at McGill University and is under the supervision of Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée. He has investigated the current state of underinsured services in Canada by looking at public insurance and rates of coverage. Previously he has worked on the Social Prescribing project at the Alliance for Healthier Communities, and on childhood sleep disorders at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health. His interests are in health policy and knowledge translation, and is pursuing a career in that field. He also is the creator and host of the weekly improv comedy news podcast “Absurdist News”, as well as a producer for 2 other podcasts.

Supervisor: Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée
Project: MOHSSR

Renata Iskander is a second year master’s student in the Department of Family Medicine and the Biomedical Ethics Unit conducting her thesis on how to ethically manage incidental findings in emergency care settings. She completed an undergraduate science degree at McMaster University, where she developed a special interest in bioethics. She has worked on research related to neonatology, pediatric nutrition, as well as conceptual and mixed-methods research involving living kidney donation. She is interested in a career that focuses on research ethics and serves on several research ethics boards to review research applications. During this internship, she worked with Dr. Hazar Haidar to conduct a critical interpretive literature review on the ethical, social, and policy implications of non-invasive prenatal testing in fetal whole genome sequencing.

Supervisor: Dr. Hazar Haidar
Project: Reproductive Ethics & Policy

Rhiannon RobertsRhiannon Roberts was first exposed to policy when she worked in the Federal Government. Here she became interested in how research is, but not always, adapted into policy. She chose to pursue McGill’s Masters of Science in Public Health to further understand the various people, disciplines, and ideas that influence Canada’s health policies.

For her internship, Rhiannon was supervised by Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée and analyzed the 2017 federal budget decision to provide additional funds to provinces and territories to improve home and community care. After graduating, Rhiannon hopes to work in developing or evaluating health policies.

Supervisor: Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée
Project: MOHSSR








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