Application Details

Fall 2019 recruitment is now closed. Recruitment for Winter 2020 will begin in the Fall. 


To be eligible for the internship program, applicants must be registered as a full-time degree student (undergraduate or graduate) at McGill University at the time of their internship.

To Apply: 

Please send two letters of recommendation (academic and/or employment), in English or in French. These letters must be emailed directly from the referees to the Student Affairs Administrator: studentadmin.ihsp [at]  In addition, students should submit:

  1. A completed Cover Letter Template File cover_letter_template
    • Cover letters should be 1 to 2 pages long
    • Cover letters should be submitted as Word documents
    • For a list of projects, see the "Projects" tab
  2. Current CV that includes the applicant’s contact information
  3. An electronic copy of all post-secondary transcripts
    • Official transcript not required—unofficial copies must clearly indicate the source of information (e.g. Minerva)
  4. A 5-10 page writing sample of previous work in either English or French
    • The writing sample may be an excerpt from a longer document but you must be the sole author.  If you provide an excerpt from a larger document, please include a few lines describing the the purpose or context for which the document was written.  
    • The purpose of the writing sample is to assess your ability to write professionally/academically
  5. Proof of enrollment as a full time student 

All files must be emailed to studentadmin.ihsp [at] in .pdf, .doc or .docx format, unless otherwise specified. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The Institute for Health and Social 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 postsecondary studies.  Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like this to be considered for equity recruitment.

Selection Criteria

Applications are evaluated based on:

  • fit with the supervisor’s needs
  • compatibility with the goals of the IHSP
  • GPA
  • writing ability
  • specific skills (e.g. STATA, Photoshop)
  • program’s relevance for student's future goals

Applicants should have a clearly defined interest in health and social policy, as well as an understanding of the IHSP’s goals and current research. Applicants should also be able to explain what they hope to gain from the internship, and how the internship fits in with their career goals. 

Review Process:

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Student Affairs Administrator and IHSP staff/faculty. Students selected for interviews will be contacted in early June. The IHSP will communicate its decisions to all applicants by late-June for the Fall internship program.

For additional information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.