Internship Opportunities

Recruitment for this program is now closed.


IHSP QES Internship Partners

African Population and Health Research Centre

APHRC is a leading pan-African research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The Center conducts high-quality policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues across Africa. APHRC actively engages policymakers and other key stakeholders to achieve measurable policy impacts and ensure decision-making across the continent is informed by rigorous evidence-based research. APHRC’s research is organized into five thematic areas: Aging and Development, Education; Health Challenges and System, Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health, and Urbanization and Wellbeing. The Center is currently collaborating with McGill University. As part of its contribution to strengthening individual and institutional research capacity. APHRC will be providing internship opportunities for McGill CTC-QES Scholars (Master's and PhD level). Interns will have the opportunity to participate in defining and implementing priority population and health research projects. APHRC is happy to host students in any of their thematic areas of work on a project that aligns with her/his research interests. Although applications from students at all levels will be considered, preference will be given to students at the Masters or PhD level. A description of the general guidelines for selecting interns at the Center is available online at http://aphrc.org/guidelines-for-selecting-interns.


University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is located in Victoria, Australia. It has around 40,000 students and is ranked number one of Australia's universities. The CTC-QE Scholarship partnership at University of Melbourne will be coordinated through both the highly multi-disciplinary Centre for Health Policy in the School of Population and Global Health, and the department of Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning concerned with the interaction between people, the places they live in and the policies and plans that shape sustainable cities and livable communities. Indigenous health is a particular area of interest for internships, but a range of internship opportunities related to policy and strategies to address health, social and equity issues will be available based on the interests of the QES intern.


Durham University

Durham University in the UK is distinctive - a residential Collegiate University with long traditions and modern values. It seeks the highest distinction in research and scholarship and is committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge. Durham looks forward to the engagement of their Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Durham Energy Institute, and the ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds’ project and their community partners in this initiative. Durham will confirm internship opportunities in early January but opportunities are being considered in the following areas: 1) hazard, risk and resilience including how modelling social behaviour can help prevent poor health choices, vulnerabilities and resilience of communities affected by volcanoes, and debates, perceptions and practices surrounding GM technologies; 2) impact on health and well-being of sport and physical activity for children and adults from groups such as: young offenders, those in drug and alcohol recovery, mental health sufferers, people on the autistic spectrum, people with learning and physical disabilities and vulnerable women; 3) research project on ‘Understanding Durham World Heritage Site Today’, looking at how the site operates as a living community, including the ways in which worshipers, residents, visitors and researchers interact and engage with the site, as well as its wider economic and social role; and 4) energy based research project on societal aspects of energy technology and developing new energy technologies and solutions for the benefit of society (offshore wind, photovoltaics, geothermal energy, fossil fuels, smart grids/cities). Please consult the attached files for internship details. For more information, please read the following PDFs:

PDF icon Institute_of_Medieval_and_Early_Modern_Studies_2019PDF icon Durham_IHRR_2019PDF icon Durham_Community_Team_2019PDF icon Durham_Energy_Institute_2019


IMPACT: Australian-Canadian Team on Innovative Models for Promoting Access-to-Care Transformation

The Australian-Canadian Team on Innovative Models for Promoting Access-to-Care Transformation (IMPACT) initiative was a five-year research program to implement organizational interventions to improve access to enduring primary health care for vulnerable populations in three Australian states and three Canadian provinces. Community engagement is at the heart of the programme. In each region, they developed collaborative local partnerships with health service decision-makers, practitioners, and representatives of the vulnerable populations, either as individual advocates or community organizations to identify local access priorities and relevant interventions that respond to the community need and capacities. The nature of the vulnerability differs from region to region, including low-wages adults, refugees, recent immigrants and aboriginal peoples.

Although the study formally ended in December 2018, a number of interesting tasks remain. These include: academic and non-academic dissemination of knowledge products and involvement in an exciting new spin-off study in which we will be implementing and evaluating a pop-up style intervention for the delivery of health services to vulnerable populations. We would welcome a QES intern to work with us on these tasks.


OPTIMISE Partnership Project at Monash University, Australia

Australia is one of many developed countries that resettles people fleeing from war, persecution or natural disasters. Nearly all newly arrived refugees face substantial health challenges – not only from pre-migration trauma, but also from the demands of settling in a new and unfamiliar country. These challenges are compounded by the fact that, across the nation, organisations tasked with delivering specialised health services to refugees have reached capacity. Waiting times are long, transition of care from specialised services to mainstream general practice is inconsistent, and mainstream general practice is under-equipped to provide consistently high quality care to this vulnerable population. These systemic weaknesses contribute to poor health outcomes for refugees through missed opportunities for early intervention and continuity of care, especially for the prevention and management of long term physical and psychological conditions. Refugees who fall through the gaps are increasingly turning to hospital emergency departments for health needs. These needs could be managed more effectively and at lower cost to the health system through community based primary care services such as mainstream general practice.

The OPTIMISE Partnership Project aligns 11 national, state and local organisations responsible for delivering community based care to refugees, with an international team of academics. We will work closely with health and social sector partners to generate a model of integrated refugee primary health care suitable for uptake throughout Australia. For more information, please read the following PDF PDF icon OPTIMISE Partnership Project.


University of the West Indies, Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM), Trinidad

The Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) is a research and policy unit based at the University of the West Indies. It functions as a network of professional organizations, state agencies, academic institutions, and civil society organizations involved in the urban and land sectors in the Caribbean. It is supported by the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning and the Office of Research at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. Functionally, it works with the Office of Research Development and Knowledge Transfer and the Projects Account Office at UWI. For more information, please read the following PDF PDF icon CNULM 2019.


Young Foundation

The Young Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental think tank based in London. The Young Foundation originally began as the Institute of Community Studies (ICS), set up by our founder Michael Young in 1954. Today, The Young Foundation’s mission is to develop better connected and more sustainable communities across the UK. As a UKRI accredited Independent Research Organisation, social investor and community development practitioner, we combine all our skills and expertise, to further that mission. We amplify the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities, using this as a spur to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. And we use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity. Then we work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared, national challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them. We work across a range of innovation sectors, including education, health, and place-making. For information on 2019 internship opportunities please read the following PDF PDF icon Young Foundation Internship 2019.