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We are excited to announce the seventh annual Summer Student Internships in Quality & Safety! 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.

Are you a project lead interested in submitting a proposal?

The call for project proposals is now open! Any team from a publicly-funded health care organization within British Columbia is eligible to submit a proposal for a quality improvement project that would benefit from the support of an intern this summer.

To submit a proposal, you will need to make an account on our customized project submission site. Click on the link above to access the site and enter all required information. More details on project requirements and submitting a proposal can be found below.

We will be accepting applications until March 15, 2019 at 1600.

Are you a student interested in applying?

Please stay tuned! Any graduate or undergraduate student will be eligible to apply for the 10 paid summer internships. Once the projects are confirmed, job listings will be posted to our Careers page and you’ll have the chance to apply for the projects you’re interested in. Jobs will be located across BC and students from across the province are encouraged to apply.

The postings can be expected to be up on April 8 (or shortly thereafter) and the deadline to apply will be May 6, 2019.

Summer Student Internship 2019 Timeline

Student Timeline

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 2018 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:

Scope of Role & Project
The nature of the intern’s role in the project and the extent to which it is clearly defined and achievable within the time frame
Educational Benefit
The extent to which the project provides a meaningful learning opportunity about the process of improving health care quality
Patient Impact
Preference will be given to projects that will have a tangible impact on patient care and outcomes
Team Composition
Preference will be given to proposals that involve the intern as part of a larger multidisciplinary team
Topic Area
Priority will be given to project topics that align with health system priorities such as (but not limited to) seniors care, surgery, and mental health & substance use

The region in which the project takes place will also be taken into account. We will endeavor to ensure that opportunities are spread geographically across the province, if appropriate proposals are received.

To submit a proposal, you will need to make an account on our customized project submission site by clicking here or on the link at the top of this page. Once you have entered your email and created a password, you will be asked to enter the following:

Contact Information

  • Project Lead
  • Supervisor: Direct supervisor for the student intern. You only need to fill this out if the Supervisor is different from the Project Lead.
  • Team Members: All other members of your project team and their positions.

Project Proposal

  • Please provide a description of the project including the following: Background; purpose; alignment with health system or organizational priorities; aim or intended outcomes; metrics; timeline). (500 words)
  • Please provide a description of the student role within the project. What will their deliverables be during their term of employment? How will their role contribute to the project outcome(s)? (170 words)
  • Please describe where the student will be working from and what provisions will be made to support their needs (e.g., work location; office space; hours of work; computer access; data access). (100 words)
  • What are the intended learning objectives for the student intern within this project? (100 words)
  • How might the student be involved in disseminating results from the project after its completion? (100 words)

After you submit your project proposal you will receive an email confirmation. You will be able to log on and view, edit or download a PDF of your proposal until March 15 at 1600.

Submitted project proposals will be scored by an external review committee. Once the successful project teams have been notified, 10 intern job postings will be created and posted to the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council website and students will be invited to apply to the projects they are interested in. Medical students, students from the allied health disciplines, graduate and undergraduate students will all be eligible to apply for internships.

Student applicants will be jointly reviewed and interviewed by a 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 2019.

  • Project proposals due: March 15 by 1600
  • Successful teams notified: Week of March 25
  • Internship job descriptions posted: April 8
  • Applications from students due: May 6
  • Internship interviews: May 6-17

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 on June 24.

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.

Click here to download a report that recaps and captures the impact of the 2018 program.

Read Our Report

Click here to download a report that recaps and captures the impact of the 2017 program.

Read Our Report

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Key Contact

Shari McKeown
Director, Learning & Capability Development