A core mission of CROSH is to collect and disseminate Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) data, while providing OHS training to students and engaging workplaces in remote and rural communities of Northern Ontario.

Why CROSH internships are good for businesses

CROSH funds student interns to partner with workplaces to assist with a workplace-identified OHS problem. In return, we ask the workplace partner provide opportunities for the student to observe or participate in company activities related to OHS in order to gain real-life experiences in workplace OHS management.

Given the many aspects involved in health and safety management and the financial challenges for workplaces – particularly during COVID – these internships provide businesses with support to resolve a pressing OHS issue, in a relatively short time frame, at no cost to the business. CROSH aims to match student skills with the identified project in order to help the business resolve their problem. This may connect businesses to a skillset that their workforce does not currently have access to (e.g. data analysis, literature reviews, knowledge transfer material development).  The workplace will also have access to CROSH equipment and other resources (e.g. experts in a field) through the student intern.

CROSH interns may also provide new perspectives to workplaces on OHS problems and will bring new skills and academic knowledge into the workplace. Additionally, internships can act as a test period where businesses can evaluate the working relationship for future hiring opportunities or further collaborations with the Centre for other workplace projects.

Why CROSH internships are good for students

CROSH internships provide students with valuable workplace experiences and training in OHS. This may include: exposing students to Joint Occupational Health and Safety meetings, policies and procedures used to monitor safety hazards, workplace procedures to resolve OHS concerns, historical safety data, safety and training meetings, and more.

The internships also help students’ professional development. This is done by giving them the opportunity to interact and collaborate with industry professionals and by presenting them with opportunities to develop their knowledge dissemination skills. Likewise, students’ skillsets are further developed by exposing them to projects, information, and data that they have not previously had experience with. Students will also experience the challenges that arise in “real world” situations, and they will learn how these challenges can be approached and mitigated.

Providing internship funding to students helps reduce the financial strain they may be facing.

Internships may lead to employment opportunities for students.

Duration

General duration of 15 weeks at approximately 10 hours per week.

Funding

CROSH will provide a $3,000.00 stipend to the student.