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Summer Student Internships in Quality Improvement

Internship applications are now closed. Finalists will be contacted to arrange interviews.

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is excited to announce the fifth annual student internship program for the summer of 2017. This program supports teams in health care organizations to hire a fully-funded intern to advance their projects aimed at improving the health care system, while building the capacity of future quality improvement leaders.


Projects must have a clearly defined role for the intern and offer a meaningful learning opportunity about the process of improving health care quality. Click here to see the 2016 project titles, as examples. Teams must have a designated supervisor who will oversee the work of the student during their internship, and will be responsible for providing space, supplies, and any other resources necessary to complete the project.  This may include access to records, IT systems, and physical locations.

Project proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Patient Impact Preference will be given to projects that will have a tangible impact on patient care and outcomes
Multidisciplinary Teams Proposals that involve the intern as part of a larger multidisciplinary team
Scope of Project The scope of the intern’s role in the project needs to be clearly defined and achievable in the thirteen week time frame
Educational Benefit The project provides a meaningful learning opportunity about the process of improving health care quality
Region Priority will be given to distribute awards throughout the province, if appropriate proposals are received
Topic Priority will be given to project topics that align with health system priorities such as seniors care, surgery. and mental health & substance use


Submitted project proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee, who will notify successful teams that their projects have been selected. The projects will then be posted to the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council website and students will be invited to apply to the projects they are interested in through the website. Medical students, students from the allied health disciplines, graduate and undergraduate students will be eligible to apply for internships.

Applicants will be jointly reviewed and interviewed by a BC Patient Safety & Quality Council staff member and a member of the project team. The final hiring decision for the intern will be made jointly between the two organizations.


Interns will be supported for up to 225 hours, which is expected to take place between June and August 2017.

  • Project proposals due: April 7 
  • Successful teams notified: April 12
  • Internship job descriptions posted: April 13 and later
  • Applications from students due: TBA
  • Interviews: TBA


Interns will be employed by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council at a wage of $17 per hour, for up to 225 hours of time. Interns will also be paid for an additional 7.5 hours and have travel costs covered (if required) to attend an in-person intern education day at the Council office in Vancouver.

Funding is also available (up to $800 per intern) to support the dissemination of project results and can include travel/conference fees or publication costs.

Questions? Contact Sarah Kesler.

Learn more about projects funded in 201320142015 & 2016.