Internship Program

Quick Facts | Program Description | Current Interns

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

Fall 2019 recruitment is now closed.

Recruitment for Winter 2020 will begin in the Fall.

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 2019 Internship Cohort

Alyssa Wooster is in her final year at McGill. She majors in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Economics. Alyssa grew up in Vancouver, BC. For the past three years, Alyssa worked in a health promotion unit doing mental health and harm reduction education. This past work is expanded upon in her internship at the IHSP. Under Dr. Bartram, Alyssa Wooster is doing research in harm reduction as a bridge to mental health and addiction recovery. She plans to pursue a master degree in public health after graduating, to hopefully work in the public mental health sector addressing issues of accessibility and harm reduction in policy.

Supervisor: Prof. Mary Bartram
Project: Harm reduction




Luyao Zhang is a second-year Master student in Public Health. Before starting her graduate study, she grew up in China and obtained her bachelor’s degree there. Her research interest is environmental health with a focus on air pollution exposure assessment and its health effects. In the summer of 2018, she did her practicum at Direction de Santé Publique (Montreal Public Health) and her project was to evaluate the air pollution from commercial biomass burning in Montreal. The experience inspired her to explore the air pollution problem around the world and it led her to pursue an internship at the IHSP to work on a project related to an environmental policy in China. She works in a research team under the supervision of Dr. Jill Baumgartner. Their research team is assessing the impact of the coal ban and heat pump subsidy policy in Beijing, China. Her next move after graduating is to pursue a PhD in Environmental Health.

Supervisor: Dr. Jill Baumgartner
Project: China coal burning


Victoria Ford is in her final semester at McGill University studying Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. She also minors in History and the Social Studies of Medicine. Victoria is deeply interested in exploring the intersections of gender, medicine, and history. Throughout her studies, she has become actively involved at the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education and McGill’s Women’s Health Advocacy Club. Within these roles, she educates her community about consent culture and sexual health in addition to directly supporting survivors of sexual violence. Victoria is also an editor for The Prognosis, McGill’s Journal of Global Health. At the Institute for Health and Social Policy, Victoria is exploring harm reduction within a post-secondary setting under the supervision of Dr. Mary Bartram. This project examines how harm reduction can act as an effective strategy for addressing mental health, substance use disorders, and sexual health. Victoria is proud to be an IHSP intern and excited to begin an MPhil in Health, Medicine, and Society at Cambridge University this fall.

Supervisor: Prof. Mary Bartram
Project: Harm reduction

Zoë Christmas is a first-year student at the Faculty of Law. Previously, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree from McMaster University, where she worked as a research assistant at the Bertrand Russell Research Centre. She is currently interning under the supervision of Professor Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry on an IHSP project concerning disability legislation, particularly Bill C-81, through the lens of academic and activist analyses. By way of this project, she hopes to better understand the intersections of law, public policy, and minority rights movements.

Supervisor: Prof. Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry
Project: Bill C-81



Tanya is a second-year medical student at McGill University. Prior to medical school, she completed the Med-P program at McGill as well. Her past research foci are mainly focused on global health, especially access to healthcare services in low- and middle-income countries. Notably, she has spent one month in conducting research on the co-prevalence of diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis in rural India. At the IHSP, she is working on building a crosswalk between the Canadian Community Health Survey and the International Consortium of Health Outcome Measurement criteria for the elderly population, under the supervision of Dr. Amelie Quesnel-Vallee. She hopes to continue her research and direct her career towards a path of public health.

Supervisor: Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée
Project: MOHSSR

Jill Hannah is a graduate student in her first year of the Master of Science in Public Health program at McGill. Her interests include health surveillance, infectious disease and outbreak control. Jill completed her undergraduate degree in physics, sparking her interest in quantitative analysis, specifically in the area of time series analysis, and she hopes to apply these skills in health-related settings. This summer Jill will be completing her Public Health Practicum with the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, analyzing the rates of invasive group A streptococcus in the Cree territory of Eeyou Istchee. At the IHSP, Jill is working with Bertrand Stoffel examining international doping controls and policy in elite and recreational sport.

Supervisors: Prof. Arijit Nandi and Dr. Bertrand Stoffel
Project: Measuring the effect of anti-doping policy



Kody Crowell is currently enrolled in the MSc program in Epidemiology at McGill University, where his research uses grocery data to characterize healthy-food purchasing trends within Montreal. He is enthusiastic about knowledge translation and science communication and how they are used to inform and engage policymakers. His academic interests generally lie at the intersection of public health, sociology, and statistics.

Supervisor: Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée
Project: MOHSSR


Fall 2018 Internship Cohort

Holly McGarrHolly McGarr is a graduate student in the School of Population and Global Health. She is completing a Master of Science in Public Health and aims to combine her knowledge of social epidemiology with her background in nutritional sciences to influence health and social policies. Her research interests include the impact of the social determinant of health on nutrition-related outcomes and the development of non-communicable diseases. Currently, she is working on the Food Justice and Sustainability Research Project with supervisors Dr. Anna-Liisa Aunio and Hugo Martorell. Her research on this project focuses on identifying municipal policy options to reduce childhood food insecurity in order to inform the implementation of the Montreal Policy on Children.

Supervisors: Dr. Anna-Liisa Aunio, Hugo Martorell
Project: Montreal Policy on Children: Food Security and Health Eating (Politique de l’enfant: Sécurité alimentaire et saine alimentation)



For inquiries regarding the internship program, please contact the Student Affairs Administrator by studentadmin.ihsp [at] (email).