Graduate student research internships

The GS 505 course pairs up graduate students with practitioners and policymakers in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to produce research that is immediately applicable to the world around them. Pictured: Kim Danderfer, MCFD, Wayne Mitic and Gord Miller, instructors and students from the 2014 GS505 course.

Bring your graduate program to life.

Looking for a way to combine theory with practice in your program? Hoping to work in and with community at some point to produce research that is relevant to social need?

Consider putting GS 505 in your schedule to add hands-on, practical work to your degree and create change in your surrounding community. As a multi-disciplinary internship, credit in GS 505 means working in collaboration with practitioners and policymakers in British Columbia to produce research that is immediately applicable to society.

Because this course is open to all Masters and PhD graduate programs, you will also collaborate with your fellow students across disciplines.

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GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children + Family Services

Working with instructor Dr. Alison Gerlach and staff at the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), you'll work on a research question to produce solutions as they relate to needs and programming that are immediately applicable to our province. Visit Research snapshots to learn about GS 505 research projects.

This course is valued at 1.5 credits (with your graduate department advisor's permission) and each participant is eligible to receive up to $200 CAD in support of project expenses.

These research practicums are an opportunity for students to take on applied research projects in collaboration with a community organization. 

Participants work closely with mentors in the community to plan and conduct a research project (e.g. designing a program evaluation, needs assessment, literature review, comparative study) on which they make a final presentation at the end of term.

The courses are complemented with lectures on themes like cultural differences between universities and community partners, gaps in transfer and translation of knowledge, partnership-building, ethics and community-based research methods, to name a few.

These practica are best suited to students interested in applied or action-oriented research careers as it gives them a chance to network with government and community organizations while developing a dissertation. Due to the interdisciplinarity of the projects expected from the community partner, students may come from a wide variety of UVic programs.

Read Research snapshots to learn about GS 505 research projects.

Visit Research partnerships to learn more about the GS 505 partnership.


Previous graduate courses offered through the GS 505 program include internships with the Island Health (formerly Vancouver Island Health Authority), Cool Aid Society, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, AIDS Vancouver Island and numerous provincial ministries in BC including the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Social Development.