AIM-HI Network Experiential Internship for Graduate Students
The AIM-HI Network Experiential Internship is a stipend to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit graduate students engaging in a defined health sciences research project outside of their own thesis work.
Experiential Internship: At a Glance
$2,500 per month full-time equivalent (140 hours) to a maximum of $10,000 (4 months) per student per year is available
Self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students enrolled full-time in a Master’s or PhD degree program at a post-secondary academic institution in Alberta
Engaging in a Health Sciences Research Project
This year, graduate students can apply for 1, 2, or all 3 of the below health sciences research project opportunities
Apply using the webform below by 17:00 MST on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
This year, there are 3 opportunities for graduate students to apply to:
Title: Women in Research: A Power Ed course for Indigenous students on health, environment, and participatory action research methods
Supervisor: Dr. Janelle Baker
Timeline: 4 months (May-August 2021)
Description: This project will be the creation of a short, open-access course on health, environment, and community-based participatory action research between May–August 2021. Many northern Indigenous youth are now experiencing ecological grief due to the changes they see on the land from climate change and misappropriation of their ancestral territories. This short course is an opportunity to inspire young Indigenous women who are at risk for experiencing ecological grief and gender-based vulnerabilities and violence to use their own life experiences to become health and environmental researchers in their communities. Mostly Indigenous female researchers who have life (her)stories, skills, and experience in research that transcends boundaries will provide content for the course. They will share content that can address the very real health and environmental crisis northern and Indigenous youth face in their lifetimes. The researchers will share examples of successful health and environment research projects and will focus on how community-based participatory action research methods have had a foundational role in their research. Students will be given real life examples of decolonizing, action-based research and will work through research project design so that they gain confidence in planning research projects that are relevant to them in their communities.
This project was designed to be an in-person three day workshop, but due to COVID, will now be an open access Power Ed course. The Research Assistant will work with Dr. Baker in approaching and supporting research partners to provide content for the course. Content can take on any form, in print, film, podcasts, YouTube videos, etc. and the Research Assistant will gather and organize the content for the Power Ed course production team. The Research Assistant will also help to envision a network platform for students to connect with one another and researchers.
- Awareness about gender and environmental community-based research
- Friendly and respectful
- Organized and good at online communication (e-mails and letters)
- Familiarity with online and open access learning
Title: Indigenous component of the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI)
Supervisor: Dr. Richard Oster
Timeline: 4 months
Description: Indigenous component of the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI) study is jointly led by the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre and University of Alberta researchers, who are leading research on the development, implementation, testing and evaluation of Indigenous-focused early interventions (preconception, pregnancy, infancy and early childhood) designed to improve health outcomes for Indigenous communities in Alberta.
Summer student will assist with community surveys and interviews, community engagement activities (virtual sharing circles, advisory meetings, etc.), support community report writing, and possibly data analysis in Maskwacis and/or communities in the Wood Buffalo area.
General research skills and abilities (data collection, analysis, report writing, Indigenous methodologies and approaches to research, knowledge of OCAP principles)
Title: Mentoring Indigenous Leaders in Health Research, Policy and Practice: Education Modules for Academic Mentors
Supervisors: Dr. Adam Murry, Dr. Cheryl Barnabe and the AIM-HI Network Executive
Timeline: 4 months (May-August 2021)
Description: This project is a collaboration between the Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) and Indigenous Primary Health Care and Policy Research (IPHCPR) Networks, and will involve the creation of education modules centered on the Indigenous Mentorship Model developed by Drs. Adam Murry and Lynden Crowshoe.
The modules will provide faculty members (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) who are interested in mentoring Indigenous scholars with knowledge and skills in additional domains of mentorship that support Indigenous scholars’ success as leaders in health research, policy and practice careers. The format of this program is envisioned to be a mix of pre-recorded videos, discussion boards with reflection questions, and live sessions to work through case examples and enhance mentorship skills.
The role of the graduate student intern will be to assist in developing the program, working with education experts and the holders of content knowledge of the model, to create module outlines. The intern will also coordinate activities such as recording sessions, developing syllabi and teaching resources.
- Create educational program blueprint/session outlines
- Organize and support logistics for pre-recorded videos (communicate with videographer to setup recordings and editing, draft scripts)
- Assist in developing written cases and identifying teaching materials for live sessions
- Assist with creating online discussion board topics (e.g. reflective questions)
- Organized and ability to multi-task
- Excellent communication skills, especially working online (emails, virtual meetings)
- Technology skills
- Familiarity with online learning
- Experience with developing an online program and/or any of the activities involved is an asset
Applications are to be submitted using the online form below by 17:00 (MST) on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 and including the following:
Terms of Reference
Review the Terms of Reference to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.
- Student Biosketch (tell us about yourself in 100 words)
- Abbreviated CV including education, employment, awards, publications (max. 2 pages)
Description of Interest
A description of why you’re interested in the opportunity you are applying to, why you are an ideal candidate for the internship, and what skills and experience you wish to gain through the research project (maximum 500 words)
Thesis Supervisor Approval
Ensure that you have a letter from your Thesis Supervisor confirming they are aware of the terms of this research stipend, and that the student may engage in the experiential internship opportunity if selected
AIM-HI Network Experiential Internship Application
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