Health Sciences

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Social Workers

We are proud to offer a Social Work Internship to mature students studying their Masters in Social Work (MSW). 

Internship Overview

The MSW internship program works closely with the UBC School of Social Work in order to enhance the practical experiences provided by the hospital with the theoretical framework provided in the course work. This program provides diversified training opportunities through a consistent approach in field education, practice and clinical supervision. Interns will move through four different rotatations with an assigned field instructor to each rotation. These four key areas include: acute medicine, community health, urban health / mental health and residential care and will consist of multiple sites across PHC.

In addition to work related experiences, MSW interns learning experience will be enhanced with weekly related small group in-services and workshops to build on knowledge base associated with practice.


The Internship Program runs from September to March, 3 days per week for a total of 450 hours.

  • Approximately 0830 – 1630 depending on the assigned area
  • Monday and Tuesday will be spent in the field
  • Friday will be divided into small group workshops in the morning with supervision and coaching scheduled for the afternoon
  • The month of December is booked off

Process for Admission

Prospective MSW Interns from UBC are to submit their resumes and letter of interest to their school Field Placement Coordinator (PC). Cover letters should be addressed to the Social Work Internship Coordinator, Meghan McMenamie. Interviews are conducted by panel between June and July. Successful applicants will be notified prior to the end of July. 

If you are not a UBC student, please submit your resume and letter of interest to the PHC Student Placement Coordinator. Please be advised spaces are limited.

Orientation (after Acceptance)

  • Review the Orientation Page and complete all requirements that are applicable to you.
  • The PHC SW Education Coordinator will contact you to confirm your start date and Hospital Orientation which is two weeks and will begin in early September. SCM Computer System training and PHC ID will be organized at this time.

Congratulations to those accepted into the program! 



In partnership with UBC, we are pleased to offer a full time Dietetic Internship to up to five UBC Dietetic students annually. Other short term placements may be considered based on workload and availability. 

Internship Overview

The Dietetic Internship provides experiences in clinical and community nutrition, and food service administration as part of the UBC Dietetics program.

  • Community placements are provided by the Vancouver Coastal Health Community Nutritionists as well as private partners such as Dietitians in supermarket chains.
  • Food service administration training is provided in collaboration with Sodexo Dietitians and Food Service Managers.

A practice-based research project, journal review presentations, case studies and other education experiences are also components of the program.

Internship Attendance

The internship program runs full time from September to June, for 39 weeks according to the UBC Dietetics program schedule.

Clinical placements consecutively range from 2 to 4 weeks at each site throughout PHC.

Internship Process for Admission

All placements are organized by UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems – Dietetics Program for students in their 5th year. Students must be a part of this faculty / program before getting a full time placement.

If you are not a UBC student and interested in an internship, you will need to make arrangements through the School Coordinator at your educational facility.

Orientation for Interns

  • Review the Orientation Page and complete all requirements that are applicable to you.
  • You will be provided your orientation dates and additional requirements after acceptance into the program. Site orientation is normally the first week of your placement and you will be provided SCM Computer Training, PHC ID, and other nutrition specific computer program training such as Computrition and Workload Measurement System (WMS) at that time.

Other student experiences & observations

Short term and observation experiences may be considered. Please submit your requests to the Student Placement Coordinator describing the type of placement you are interested in. Make sure to include the school you are associated with and how many hours you are requesting.

Students on observation placements will not require Orientation. You will however be required to sign the Confidentiality Undertaking found on the Orientation Page and potentially additional forms provided to you by the Student Placement Coordinator.


Currently under review. Please contact your School Coordinator for more information.