Student Placements

We're committed to providing professional development opportunities to students and young professionals. We offer internships and contracts for students to apply their knowledge and skills to our work.

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

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

2020

Jeanne Lee, Summer Research & Policy Intern

Masters of Public Policy with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto (pending Spring 2021)

  • Spearheaded data analysis for the Caregivers as Partners eLearning modules to provide an overview of user analytics of the initiative’s first year since launch.
  • Developed a dashboard for the 2015-2020 impact report, rolling up key metrics of achievement over the five years.
  • Supported evaluation of Changing CARE, including the development of project mapping visual and infographics, and support to the external advisory working group.

Michaella Miller, Summer Program Implementation Intern

Masters of Science in Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.

  • Supported a project partnership with Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) to plan and execute MGH’s Experience of the Heart initiative that included transitioning to a Patient and Family Experience Office leveraging an experience-based co-design approach.
  • Assisted the coordination of the transfer of Changing CARE resources and knowledge to the Ontario Caregiver Organization for provincial spread and scale of the co-designed caregiver resources to improve the caregiver experience.
  • Developed an internal knowledge repository to support the Foundation’ journey to build equity, diversity and inclusiveness as a guiding principle in the Foundation’s work.

Mandy Craigg, Practicum Placement – Policy and Research

RN, Masters of Health Sciences Health Care Administration and Management Program at IHPME, University of Toronto

  • Provided quantitative evaluation analysis support for the Changing CARE projects.
  • Conducted an international environmental scan of charitable organizations that provide financial support for learning opportunities.
  • Developed a briefing note to support Co-Design within Ontario Health Teams.
  • Participated in the planning committee for the Patients and Caregivers Take on Technology conference.

2019

Deborah Gollob, Practicum Placement – Strategy and Innovation

Master of Health Science with the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto

  • Supported The Change Foundation’s work in advancing integration at local, provincial and national levels, including:
    • Supporting the preparation and delivery of a community symposium in the Couchiching community and development of the community’s strategy
    • Co-designing a keynote presentation and workshop for the Ontario Community Paramedicine Secretariat quarterly forum
    • Providing backbone support to virtual networks, including the Primary Care Virtual Collaborative and the IFIC Canada Virtual Community

Deb’s placement resulted in a 14-month contract as a Program Associate with the Strategy and Innovation team. She is primarily focused on supporting local Ontario communities in shaping and driving models of integrated care.

Natalie Gdyczynski, Summer Research Intern

RN, Masters of Public Policy with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto (pending Spring 2020)

  • Undertook environmental scanning and literature reviews to update the Caregiver Resource Hub.
  • Prepared a report describing changes in patient and family engagement mechanisms in Ontario from 2015/16 to 2019/20.
  • Conducted environmental scanning and literature reviews to prepare a report on  Supports Available for Working Caregivers.
  • Provided research support to the Changing CARE teams, including survey data analysis and critical review of the Caregivers as Partners Provider Training Modules.

2018

Karim Suleman, Practicum Placement – Strategy and Innovation

Masters of Health Sciences with the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto

  • Supported The Change Foundation’s preparations for co-hosting the IFIC 2020 conference, including working on the approach for developing an integrated care network and mapping out case studies of integrated care through North America.
  • Supported change leader Helen Bevan’s visit to The Change Foundation, and subsequent opportunities to share her knowledge and experience with Ontario’s health system leaders.
  • Supported the analysis of Family Presence Policy research in conjunction with the Ontario Hospitals Association.

Karim’s placement turned into a 6-month contract, where he supported the build towards the 2020 North American Conference on Integrated Care.

Bessie Cassidy, Summer Research Intern

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Queen’s University

  • Undertook environmental scanning and literature reviews to update the Foundation’s Caregiver Resource Hub.
  • Conducted telephone interviews with hospital contacts as part of the Family Presence research project.
  • Conducted background research to update and expand a report on community models (e.g., caregiver friendly communities).
  • Conducted environmental scanning to update a report on Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) sub-regions.

Emily Chang, Summer Communications Intern

Bachelor of Arts, McGill University

  • Supported the communications team’s social media efforts, including the launch of the Caregiver Wishlist.
  • Undertook the implementation of recommendations from an analysis of The Change Foundation’s audiences.

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 the 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

  • Conducted a review of the peer-reviewed and grey literature on the stages of family caregiving, including existing conceptual frameworks, supporting evidence, and applications of frameworks. Her research resulted in the report Shedding New Light: Understanding the Role of Family Caregivers which presents an executive summary of the comprehensive literature review completed by Sara.
  • Presented her personal reflections of her own caregiving journey in Shedding New Light: One Caregiver's Journey.

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

  • Conducted and coded interviews, and drafted the content for the Foundation’s research project on patient and family advisory councils in Ontario hospitals, resulting in the release of Patient/Family Advisory Councils in Ontario Hospitals – At Work, In Play in April 2014.
  • 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.

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