Our Summer Student Internships in Quality & Safety program embeds fully funded interns in health care organizations to support teams leading projects aimed at improving the health care system, while building the capacity of future quality improvement leaders.
Applications for the Summer Student Internship Program are now closed.
See below for a list of 2021 Summer Student Internship Projects.
|Drop the Label: Centralization of Penicillin De-Labeling Resources for Patients and Families||PHSA||Lower Mainland|
|Engaging with Northwest BC Patients to Understand their Experience in Medical Travel||Northern Health||Terrace and Surrounding Area|
|Improving Efficiency of Patient Flow through the Perioperative Area||Providence Health Care||Lower Mainland|
|Supporting Shared Discharge Planning for Congestive Heart Failure Patients||Victoria DoFP||South Island Region|
|Optimizing Communication with Patients & Families After Adverse Events||Interior Health||Okanagan Region|
|Is Measuring Fraser Health In-Hospital Mortality a Burning Platform?||Fraser Health||Lower Mainland|
|Cultural Humility in End-of-Life Care||Victoria Hospice||Greater Victoria|
|Improving Access to Patient Discharge Teaching and Informational Materials Through the Use of a Technology-Based Intervention in the Emergency Department||Vancouver Coastal Health||Lower Mainland|
|Improving Family Experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital||Island Health||Central Island Region|
|Analysis of First Nations Communities’ Perspectives of FNHA’s Direct Health Services Utilizing the Canadian Quality Patient Safety Framework||FNHA||Within British Columbia|
|Developing a Strategy on Managing Pain in Long-Term Care||Continuing Care, Yukon Government||Within British Columbia or Yukon|
In June, interns will begin an education series covering the fundamentals of improving quality in health care. From June to August, interns are paid up to a maximum of 225 hours of work. During this time, interns will report directly to a supervisor on the project team and are supported through a mentor from the Council. After the internship, students are encouraged to share the findings of their projects at conferences or through publication. Funding is available to support the dissemination of their results.
- Project proposals due: February 8, 2021
- Internship positions posted: March 19, 2021
- Student applications due: April 1, 2021
- Student internship interviews: April 2021
Interns will be employed by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council for up to 225 hours of time with a compensation of $17 per hour. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in an online education series.
Funding is also available to support the dissemination of project results and can include travel/conference fees or publication costs.
Project proposals aimed at improving the health care system were submitted in February. They were open to teams from publicly funded health care organizations and projects with clearly defined roles for the interns and meaningful learning opportunities about the process of improving health care quality. Projects are evaluated and selected based on criteria including patient impact, team composition, scope and educational benefit for the student.
In early March, 11 projects were identified to be supported with a student intern to work with the project team from June 1 to August 31, 2021.