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Summer Student Intern: Improving Experience of Care and Support for Families of BC Organ Donors

  • Organization BC Transplant
  • Location Vancouver, BC
  • Closing Date Open Until Filled


Vancouver, BC

May involve some travel within the city, but a car is not required.


Part time spread over the months of June-August, 2018 up to a maximum of 225 hours. Proposed start date June 18, 2018. There is no required end date or shift pattern; regular work days and hours are flexible and can be adjusted to meet the student’s needs.


BC Transplant (BCT) provides oversight for all aspects of organ donation and transplantation across BC. Over the past few years, BCT has put in place strategies that have significantly increased donation rates within the province. Among the organ donation community in Canada and around the world, providing high-quality and consistent support and engagement to families of donors both during and after organ donation is viewed as a key element for the ongoing success of an organ donation and transplant program.

BCT is at a critical point in defining how we provide post-donation care, support and service to donor families while continuing to ensure our policies and guidelines meet the requirements of our governing legislation and protect donor families and organ recipients. As a result, BCT is re-evaluating its donor family services program in the context of the Human Tissue Gift Act and to ensure it meets the needs of growing volumes of donor families and recipients.

The student will be responsible for coordinating the first phase of a project to clarify and improve BC Transplant’s policy and practice around post-donation care and support for families of organ donors, as well as donor family/recipient correspondence and interaction. The student will report to BC Transplant’s Provincial Operations Director. Under the guidance of an internal working group, the student will:

  • Conduct an environmental scan of best practices and approaches for donor family post-donation support across Canada and within North America.
  • Coordinate meetings and facilitate input from donor families, transplant recipients, the internal BC Transplant staff working group and other multidisciplinary subject matter experts, such as organ donation physicians and coordinators, medical ethics, transplant nurses and physicians, social workers, and legal/risk.
  • Draft, edit and revise recommendations, policy, guidelines and standard operating procedures for BC Transplant’s donor family support program.
  • Be involved in planning and implementation of the changes to the post-donation family support program, and develop a post-implementation evaluation plan.


 This internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The following skills are required to fulfill the role:

  • Proven strong project coordination and organizational abilities
  • Excellent research skills
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to quickly develop positive working relationships with a multidisciplinary team and external stakeholders
  • Compassion and empathy

Send resume and cover letter to:

Edward Ferre | Provincial Operations Director, BC Transplant |

This position will remain open until filled. Only short‐listed candidates will be contacted.