We’re inviting health care students from across BC to apply for our summer student internship program! Since 2013, 66 interns have participated in the program. This year, we’re supporting 10 more students to work on health care improvement projects in partnership with organizations across BC, from Fort St. John Hospital to the BC Centre for Disease Control.
The internship program is a fantastic opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of health care quality, gain valuable work experience and get a head start on contributing to health care improvement.
In our evaluation survey for the 2018 internships, 100% of student respondents agreed that they developed knowledge and skills for improving health care quality that they can apply in the future. And 100% of the project lead respondents felt their intern would be a good fit for hiring into an appropriate position within their organization. You can read the full results and learn more about the program in our 2018 Summer Student Internship Report.
The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Interns will be employed for up to 225 hours between June and August, at a wage of $17 per hour. Internships are offered around the province, from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland to Northern BC and the Interior. Positions are available at diverse work sites, including hospitals, specialized clinics and long-term care homes.
What kind of projects will interns work on? Here’s a sample of this year’s opportunities:
- Support a wheelchair biking program to reduce depression and social isolation in older adults through recreational therapy.
- Evaluate and enhance a canine scent detection program for C. difficile bacteria.
- Improve cultural safety and health equity for Indigenous populations in clinical spaces.
- Work with patients and caregivers to increase the accessibility of post-stroke care.
Funding is available to support interns in sharing the results of their projects beyond the job site – for example, through travel or registration costs for presenting at a conference. Some of our 2018 interns submitted abstracts to present their work Quality Forum 2019, and one student began work on a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal!
One more great reason to apply: all applicants, regardless of whether they are hired for an internship, will be invited to attend a student education day about the fundamentals of health care improvement, held in Vancouver on June 24, 2019. This event will be full of interactive learning activities and opportunities to network with fellow students as well as our staff.
View all available internship positions on our careers page and apply by May 6, 2019! You only need to submit one application indicating all projects for which you would like to be considered.