Program Details

Training | Roles and responsibilities | Learning Outcomes

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

The internship is composed of two main elements. The bulk 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 to policy.  The internship is an opportunity that will require at least as great a time commitment as an academic course—it is recommended that students selected to be interns reduce their workload accordingly for the semester.

Duration and payment: The internship program is offered for 13 weeks in the Fall and Winter semesters. Students are expected to spend 10-15 hours per week on their internship project for the entire semester. At the end of their internship, students receive an award of $2000.

At the beginning of the internship, students meet with their mentors to go over specific tasks and goals for the semester-long program.  In the past, these tasks have ranged from comprehensive literature reviews on a narrow topic, in depth statistical analyses, drafting academic manuscripts, and assisting with the coordination and implementation of an international conference. For this part of the program, interns are accountable to mentors for work on their project.

The training component is carried out through a weekly seminar or workshop, typically one to two hours in length.

Training sessions may include:

Sessions focused on Research to Action
• What is Interdisciplinary Research?
• Challenges for Researchers in Health and Social Policy
• How Can We Influence Policy?
• Knowledge Translation
• Data Visualization/Representation
• Guest speakers from government
• Tips for Disseminating Research
• Working with the Media
Sessions focused on Professional/Academic Skills
• Careers in Health and Social Policy
• Presentation Skills
• Academic Integrity
• Literature Reviews
• Proof reading/editing
• Self-evaluation
• Networking Skills

Roles and responsibilities

Student Responsibilities
• Spend 10-15 hours per week on an Institute defined project (for a total of no more than 195 hours)
• Attend and actively participate in weekly seminars/workshops
• Engage in one small collaborative project focusing on policy
• Present findings to IHSP faculty and staff
• Complete a mentor/program evaluation form

Supervisor Responsibilities
• Establish a clear and reasonable project to be completed over 12 weeks
• Clearly communicate expectations to students
• Provide feedback on internship work (two formal evaluations, informal meetings/email as needed)
• Meet with intern throughout the semester
• Show how intern work relates to the overall efforts of the research program

Student Programs Coordinator Responsibilities
• Actively recruit students and facilitate the application/hiring process
• Work with faculty to establish internship projects prior to January
• Administer all paperwork concerning the internship in conjunction with the Administrative Officer
• Schedule and facilitate the training program
• Check in with students and supervisors bi-weekly
• Provide evaluation tools to interns and supervisors
• Field administrative questions throughout the internship
• Maintain student alumni network

Specific learning objectives for interns:

Refining research skills in health and social policy
• Increase knowledge on how social conditions impact population health and welfare through an IHSP determined project
• Refine research skills appropriate for a specific topic (such as qualitative or quantitative analyses, selection of resources, critical thinking, synthesis of ideas, etc.)
• Develop ability to break down complex tasks/problems into manageable pieces
• Demonstrate individual responsibility, including ability to work independently, create a self-directed schedule, and manage time effectively
• Develop problem solving techniques relevant to independent research, including adapting effectively to changing conditions

• Demonstrate the ability to seek out and utilize appropriate resources and ask pertinent questions.

Translating research into practice

• Develop ability to communicate research findings to a wide audience, including policy makers, as demonstrated through presentations and/or written documents
• Gain increased understanding of how research is used in policy, and how to translate research into practice through seminars and workshops

• Make connections between ‘home’ discipline and research in other fields

Develop Knowledge of Interdisciplinary methods
• Gain exposure to research in multiple disciplines through seminars and workshops
• Collaboration with interns from different disciplines

• Participate in Institute activities such as seminar series, conferences, etc..

Personal and Professional Development
• Develop professionally relevant competencies including an understanding of professional etiquette
• Evaluate one’s own performance in light of one’s expressed goals and learning outcomes
• Exhibit a self-motivated approach to work and complete tasks as scheduled and on-time

• Relate internship experience to personal and/or professional goals