Research Internship


The Research Internship requires a proposal from the student, put together with a faculty member, and must be submitted to the Program Assistant for the Program Director’s approval. The proposal is usually for a research project which the student will complete under the supervision of the faculty member. The work completed for a research internship should be roughly equivalent to that required for a course. Therefore, development of a research proposal, part of a research project, contribution to a systematic review would all be appropriate (i.e. make sure you are not doing a mini MSc thesis). The outline must clearly state what the student will do and how the student will be evaluated. Proposals must be signed by the student and faculty member. Proposals must be approved prior to starting your research practicum.
Please complete the HAD6360H Proposal form and the Request for Reading and/or Research Course form, and return to the Program Assistant: clinepi.courses@utoronto.ca.

Your supervisor should be a faculty member of the CEHCR Program. A Faculty List outlining their research interests can be found below. Once the student has completed the work, the supervisor is required to submit a Research Internship Completion Form to the Program Assistant. After this is done, the credit is entered into ROSI. (The research internship is marked on a Credit/No Credit basis.)
Proposals should be no longer than one page.

Students must include all of the following components in their proposal:

  1. Name and Student Number
  2. Submission Date
  3. Internship Start and Finish Date
  4. Supervisor
  5. Study Title
  6. Objectives
  7. Description of activities
  8. Specific Method of Evaluation (in percentage form)
  9. Signatures of the Supervisor and Student

    Review of Manuscripts and Grants for Research Internship Credit

    Some students have submitted research internship proposals describing projects consisting of editorial review of manuscripts for journals. This can be a very worthwhile endeavour, particularly if students receive feedback from both their supervisors and from journal editors. Similarly, reviewing grant submissions can be a valuable educational activity. The following guidelines should help guide students preparing a research internship in which the main activity is review of manuscripts or grants. Timelines and evaluation procedures for research internships apply.

  10. The number of manuscripts reviewed to achieve credit should be in the range of 10 to 13.
  11. Manuscripts should be submitted to peer-reviewed, Medline- or Embase-indexed journals.
  12. Students may also review grants. It is anticipated that the work of reviewing one grant would be the equivalent of reviewing three manuscripts.
  13. A combination of manuscript and grant reviews is acceptable.
  14. Grants should be submitted to peer-reviewed funding agencies. These can be agency-specific or general and may be regional, national, or international.
  15. It is the research internship supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that the journal editor or grant reviewer officer is aware of, and approves, the student’s involvement in the review process.

Students and supervisors may wish to consult with other faculty to ensure an adequate number of manuscripts / grants for review within the period of the research internship. Faculty are also encouraged to ensure that the manuscripts under review are of sufficiently high quality that the review process is a valuable learning experience.