Student Placements at The Change Foundation

The Change Foundation is committed to providing professional development opportunities to students and young professionals. We offer internships and contracts to students to apply their knowledge and skills to the Foundation’s work.

While many of our student placements are coordinated through specific programs, we are occasionally on the lookout for university and college students studying a range of subjects, from communications to policy. Please send us your resume and cover letter to info@changefoundation.com, and we will keep it on file if an opportunity should arise.

The list below shows the Foundation’s student engagement from 2009 to present. This is reflective of the Foundation’s corporate commitment to support young and emerging professionals.

2017:

Bessie Cassidy, Summer Research Intern
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Queen’s University

  • Undertook environmental scanning and research to identify foundations and think tanks in Canada and the United States;
  • Researched the approaches and strategies these foundations and think tanks used to evaluate their effectiveness and impact.

Christal Huang, Summer Research Intern – Policy and Research
Masters of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

  • Undertook environmental scanning and literature reviews to update the Foundation’s Caregiver Resource Hub.
  • Completed targeted environmental scanning and conducted interviews to prepare an inventory of programs and services in Ontario that support young carers.
  • Completed scanning, analysis and drafting of a report on the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) sub-regions.

Keely Hyatt, Practicum Placement – Strategy and Innovation
Masters of Health Sciences with the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto

  • Facilitated a process with health service providers and caregivers to develop the most important questions to ask caregivers so they experience recognition and support by health care teams.
  • Worked with provincial caregiver organizations to determine resources available to caregivers and how best to share them across provinces.
  • Supported the establishment of a strategy and innovation portfolio at the Foundation.

2016:

Cayla Barda, Summer Research Intern – Policy and Research
Masters of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

  • Undertook environmental scanning and literature reviews to update the Caregiver Resource Hub, including development of a document summarizing caregiver leave legislation in Canada.
  • Prepared a summary Baseline Snapshot of Patient and Family Engagement in Ontario as of 2015-16 which is a component of the Foundation’s Evaluation Framework
  • Undertook a jurisdictional scan to identify self-directed funding programs for family caregivers, and prepared a summary report of her findings.

Rebecca Goss, Communications Assistant – Communications
Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Centennial College

  • Supported communications team with web content development and managing social media content.

2015:

Fatimah Atcha, Summer Research Intern – Policy and Research
Masters of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

  • Completed a jurisdictional review resulting in the posting of “Legislation Supporting Family Caregivers in Canadian Jurisdictions and Selected International Jurisdictions” on the Foundation’s newly designed Caregiver Resource Hub.
  • Undertook environmental scanning to produce the report Organizations Supporting Family Caregivers which was also posted on the resource hub.

Sara Shearkhani, Research Intern – Policy and Research

Wendy MacLellan, Practicum Placement – Policy and Research
Masters of Health Sciences Health Care Administration and Management Program at IHPME, University of Toronto

  • Prepared a case study on the partnership between Providence Healthcare and Variety Village in Toronto.
  • Completed initial environmental scanning of caregiver resources and proposed an organization framework as part of the planning for a Foundation Caregiver Resource Hub.
  • Developed two resources to support the Foundations strategic focus on family caregivers: (i) a Driver Diagram; and (ii) a Caregiver Experience Framework describing dimensions of the caregiver experience, and factors that impact the experience.

2013 – 2014:

Stephanie Hylmar, Practicum Placement – Policy and Research
Masters of Health Sciences Health Care Administration and Management Program at IHPME, University of Toronto

Stephanie’s part-time contract evolved into a full-time permanent position with the Foundation where she managed a number of research initiatives.

2012:

Alex McKnight, Summer Communications Intern (2012-2014)
Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Supported the Foundation’s communications activities and projects

2011:

Amy Grief, Communications Co-Op Student
Communications Studies Co-Op, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Supported the Foundation’s communications activities and projects

Carol Fancock, Practicum Placement – Policy and Research
PhD IHPME, University of Toronto

  • Completed a literature review to identify interventions developed and tested to improve the patient experience through transitions in care across the care continuum.
  • Identified evaluation strategies and tools used to evaluate changes in patient experience through transitions in care.

2009:

Heather Sinclair, Communications Summer Student

  • Supported the Foundation’s communications activities and projects

Holly Unruh, Communications Student
Bachelor’s Degree Communications and Political Science, McMaster University

  • Supported the Foundation’s communications activities and projects

Michelle Dimitris, Summer Research Intern – Policy and Research
Undergraduate studies at Queen’s University

  • Conducted environmental scanning of over 70 provincial, national and international health sector organization websites, scanning for information on future directions and priority projects. This work was a key input in the development of the Foundation’s 2010-2015 strategic plan.

Michelle Dimitris, Summer Research Intern

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